A LOCAL preservation society hopes to save the last remaining building that belonged to the Bishop's Castle Railway.

The building, the former weighbridge office, was last used in the 60s - by a local coal merchant.

It has remained untouched in a corner of a busy timber business in Bishop's Castle ever since.

John Rimmer, chairman of Bishop's Castle Railway Society, said "The building is in a remarkably good state considering it has been unused for 50 years. It will, of course, need substantial work to restore it to its original 1865 condition."

The Railway Society would need to raise funds to complete the work and an application to the National Lottery is a possibility. An application for lottery funding has to show community support and a benefit to the area.

"The owner of the timber business is very supportive of what we would like to do; we now need to gauge the level of support in Bishop's Castle", said Mr Rimmer.

A drop in session for members of the public is being held at Bishop`s Castle Town Hall on Tuesday, August 15 from 4pm - 8pm.

The project team will be there to talk about the renovation plans, possible uses for the building and how the town might be involved. The team would like to hear views and explore ways people could help us achieve the aim of restoring this important building.

Call John Rimmer on 01588 638998 for further information.