Who we are

The Ironbridge Railway Trust (IRT) was formed by the group in November 2005 and is a Company limited by Guarantee incorporated in 2007. Members of the group comprise mainly of colleagues working with heritage railways, who have helped to preserve and develop redundant railways to become the world renowned tourist attractions of today. The reopening of abandoned railways such as the Severn Valley Railway, the Welsh Highland Railway, the Llangollen Railway and many others across the UK, has transformed local economies and provided sustainable transport links to be enjoyed and appreciated by millions. Their contribution to local economies is reflected in the Heritage Railway Association’s annual reports which show heritage railways carry over 8 million passengers each year and have a combined turnover of £120 million per annum. In 2009 a government sponsored report showed the Severn Valley Railway contributed £12 million annually towards the local economy with a further Gross Value of over £5 million added through associated employment. The Ironbridge Museums Trust generates around £20 million per annum to the local economy. The combined effect created by improving access to the World Heritage site through reinstatement of the railway would be truly significant.

 

Post Card of Ironbridge Station from circa 1904. Note the works to the station extension roof, no roof slates and only tiling battens visible.

Ironbridge Power Station

Cooling towers on the soon to redundant power station site.