GREENOCK and District Model Railway Club have been awarded money to restore and refurbish the Grade B-listed station building at Fort Matilda.
The club has funding in place from the Railway Heritage Trust and the Stations Community Regeneration Fund to conserve aspects of the exterior of the building including the glass screens at the ends of the building on the platform side and replace the 1970s style doors with original styled doors.
The building has become the club’s home giving it its first sustained use for nearly 30 years. Club chairman Mike Jones said: “We are keen to occupy the building as much as possible. The club would like to hear from any interested groups wishing to use the building once work is complete.”
The interior will be refurbished including the provision of new toilets and a small kitchen area. Future accommodation should also allow use of the building by other groups and will include improved access. Club members have worked hard to obtain the necessary permissions including planning, building control and listed building consents plus the go-ahead from landlord Network Rail. After many months of hard work these are now all in place.
Work is presently underway to appoint contractors and work should be starting soon.
The club is keen to speak to anyone with memories and photographs of the station in years gone by.
Members can be contacted at the club’s annual exhibition in Greenock Town Hall this weekend. More details on the club's website