The seal was set on a generous legacy from a former volunteer of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Carriage & Wagon department at Winchcombe on Saturday 15 August 2015, when the 'Bill Ellesmere Paintshop' was formally opened by Lord Faulkner of Worcester.
Bill Ellesmere, who died in 2013, left over £144,000 to the railway that had given him so much pleasure as a volunteer. And his wish was that at some of the money should be used to improve the railway's facilities at Winchcombe, so the decision was taken to expand the workshops where the ever-growing fleet of railway carriages and other rolling stock is restored and maintained.
His legacy has seen a paintshop installed able to house a 60ft. railway carriage with plenty of room to spare, as well as providing carpentry and upholstery shops.
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