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"The railway was the first thing to open up the world in a big way for trade. We invented it, and we should be proud of that..." - Roger Daltrey
If successful, the Ashford International Model Railway Excellence Centre (AIMREC) aims to preserve a collection of high quality model railways on the site.
Educational facilities outlining the role of the railways in Britain, and more particularly in the borough, would also be provided.
Woodchurch businessman Cliff Parsons, 68, is co-ordinating the campaign.
Speaking at the time of the initial announcement last month, he said: "This came to a head 12 months ago when two young boys were looking at a traction engine. One said to the other '‘what is that black stuff?'.
"We all agreed that something must be done to educate these youngsters into what made Britain great, and the answer is coal, providing steam power.
"We need to raise £1million to purchase the land. I'm 99% certain this is going to happen within three months."
Ashford Borough Council leader Cllr Gerry Clarkson said he fully supports the plans.
He said: "We welcome the enthusiasm that is behind this exciting project, not least because it highlights Ashford's rich railway history.
"The borough's heritage and regeneration have walked hand in hand, retaining the old while embracing the new, and this is something we are keen to accentuate.
"Obviously plans are at a very early stage and planning processes must be adhered to, however, these are very interesting proposals."
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