Amerton have issued press release saying they have bought the land the railway runs on, great news! 'The Amerton Railway has always wanted to own the land it has used at Amerton Farm near Stowe-by-Chartley and develop its Staffordshire narrow gauge railways site. Now the owner of Amerton Farm & Craft Centre, Paul Williams, has agreed to sell the field on which the track runs to the Staffordshire Narrow Gauge Railway charity. To celebrate this occasion the volunteer charity which exists to preserve and run narrow gauge locomotives primarily from Staffordshire, is holding a special open day on Saturday, May 5 for the public to ride behind a number of local steam engines, including the 115 year old engine “Isabel”. “It will be a day of celebration and a great chance to thank all those who have helped make this dream come true,” said railway chairman, Derek Luker. “It is also an opportunity to show the county’s tremendous railway heritage which is steadily becoming a really popular tourist attraction.” He added: “The money has come from very generous donations by the membership, friends of the Railway and a mortgage provided by HSBC Bank.” At 1pm on Saturday, May 5 the Mayor of Stafford, Councillor Stan Highfield, will cut a celebratory ribbon to herald the next 20 years of narrow gauge railway heritage preservation in Staffordshire. It will be almost 20 years since the then Mayor of Stafford officially opened the railway on the Amerton site on March 27, 1993, by cutting a ribbon and making a speech from Isabel’s footplate before the train gave the mayoral party a special trip along the line. Isabel, which used to be on display outside Stafford station, will again be giving rides on Saturday, May 5 from 12 noon to 5pm. Built in 1897 by Bagnalls of Stafford the steam engine is now fully restored and will operating most weekends at Amerton Railway along the mile-long track. Other historic county engines on show next month were built in Stoke-on-Trent, Burton upon Trent and Tamworth and vary in age from 5 to 100 years old!'