The future of a Derbyshire heritage railway has been secured by an emergency National Lottery grant.
Midland Railway, based at Butterley Station in Ripley, has been awarded £104,400 to keep its steam engines on track.
Bosses at the trust say the funding will allow it to reopen next year with safety measures in place amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
A spokesperson for the Midland Railway – Butterley said: “All heritage sectors are struggling with challenges that the Covid-19 lockdown presented to sustain a future.
“The funding is a big morale boost for all our volunteers and gives hope to them all in these very uncertain times we are facing.
“The cash will help us survive 2020, whilst keeping our volunteers safe and to ensure we have the time to make the required changes to successfully reopen in 2021.”
The grant comes from the £50 million National Lottery Heritage Emergency Fund, which was set up in response to the coronavirus crisis.
Back in May, teenage vandals trashed a train carriage at the heritage railway.
At the time, a member of staff said the vandals had ripped the seats out, etched their names into the tables and even used the carriage as a toilet.
More than £5,000 has been donated since then to help with repairs.