BRITISH ex-pats are going full steam ahead with an association to support and help develop the area around the old La Alfoquia station.
Launched last month, the Cultural Association of the Friends of Zurgena Railway is focused on the idea of creating an open-air museum in the area around the station plus a small indoor museum as a fitting way of recognising and commemorating the importance of the railway line to the region.
Given the strong historical connections between the provincial line and British companies, many members of the local resident ex-pat community have taken a keen interest in the association. Some 50 people have already joined, among which there are also a good number of Spaniards.
Association President and Zurgena local councillor Jim Simpson told the Euro Weekly News there were plans to hold events and trips over the year with a view to encouraging interest in the project.
Jim also revealed that the association has done video interviews with some of the local men who worked on the railway in its heyday. The idea is to feature their fascinating memories as one of the exhibits in a future museum.
Jim also explained that the more members the association gets the more likely it is to secure funds or grants from regional authorities.
Membership is €10 per annum and is open to anyone.
For more information contact Friends of Zurgena Railway on 610 194 260 or email [email protected]
There is also an association Facebook page: Assoc. Friends of Zurgena Railway/de Amigos de Ferrocarril de Zurgena.