Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership (MVCRP) has turned 15, and staff and volunteers made sure they marked the occasion with special cake!
The CRP team spent the day distributing cupcakes – provided courtesy of Gunns Bakery in Bedford – to staff and passengers on the line, which runs from Bedford to Bletchley. They also enjoyed a 15th birthday cake at their steering group meeting, looking back on the partnership’s work since its beginnings in 2007.
Stephen Sleight, MVCRP officer, said: “I’m proud that Marston Vale CRP has reached this milestone and has become one of the long-established CRPs across the country. Much has been achieved over the last 15 years, including delivery of a range of major station enhancements, the launch of the first Bank Holiday Services for over 40 years, adoption of the majority of our stations, and a programme of regular special themed trains.
“And of course not forgetting our flagship project, the re-opening of the redundant Station House at Ridgmont as a Heritage Centre after over 40 years of disuse and an extensive six-year restoration. The building has since become the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the line and a multi-award-winning visitor attraction.
“I look forward to an exciting period ahead as the line continues to celebrate its 175th anniversary year.”
For more information on Marston Vale CRP, visit www.marstonvalecommunityrail.org.uk.