A £1 million appeal to repair an embankment collapse on a heritage rail line was launched today by rail enthusiast and record producer Pete Waterman.
The collapse is on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway (GWSR) line near Gotherington station in Gloucestershire.
The collapse, involving more than 820ft (250m) of track, has cut off three miles of the line.
Also known as the Honeybourne Line, the GWSR comprises 10 miles (16km) of the 15 miles (24km) between Cheltenham in Gloucestershire and Broadway in Worcestershire which was originally closed by British Rail in 1976.
Mr Waterman, the GWSR president, said getting the line’s full length reinstated was vital “not just for the future of the railway, which has been steadily been rebuilt by its entirely-volunteer workforce over the past 30 years, but for the local tourist economy as well”.
He went on: “One of the wonderful features of the line is that long sections run along embankments which afford some fantastic views of the Cotswolds and over the Vale of Evesham to the Malverns and Black Mountains beyond.
“That’s one of the railway’s maintenance headaches, too, so it’s important that we ensure these attractive, century-old earthworks remain in good condition.”