IRPS Enterprise is a commercial business trading within the sphere of heritage railways. Using our knowledge base and dedication to railway preservation we undertake a wide range of projects, including building construction, rolling stock restoration and the moving and preservation of historic railway structures.
The International Railway Preservation Society with its ambition to restore the two railway carriages in its care and the construction of the International Night Mail Museum to house the coaches, has to establish a revenue earning stream far in excess of that which can be achieved by donations alone. Trading as a business requires an element of risk, the society its self cannot be burdened by this risk and it is therefore it governance and finances are entirely separate from the society and from Nene Valley Railway.
IRPS Enterprise benefits the International Railway preservation Society in providing employment for society members in this time of global financial upheaval, particularly to younger members who are finding it extremely difficult to find engineering employment, and allows them to develop skills of mutual benefit to the business and the society. It allows us to devote more time to the society restoration projects, while devoting a percentage of profit directly to the projects.
The construction of an extension to the Station building at Wansford to provide additional seating capacity for the cafe customers, in keeping with the LNWR style and incorporating original cast iron canopy stanchions recovered from Pinchbeck station. The brief included the concept design work, application for planning permission and construction 'Concept to Completion'