Bosses at the Great Central Railway have said they are "deeply grateful" for a £25,000 donation towards a £1million plan to build a new bridge in Loughborough.
The money was donated by the 9F Locomotive Charitable Trust in memory of trustee Peter Lang, who was also a regular volunteer.
He died earlier this year, shortly before the deal to build the new bridge over the Midlane Mainline at Loughborough was announced.
The money brings the total raised to £333,000 - exactly a third of the total needed.
Bill Ford, from the Great Central Railway, thanked the trust for the donation.
We are deeply grateful for every donation we receive, but we were particularly humbled by the donation made in memory of Peter.
He is missed by many.
On behalf of everyone from the northern and southern section of the railway we would like to record our deepest gratitute.
– Bill Ford, Great Central Railway
The appeal total has jumped upwards giving us exactly a third of a million pounds, meaning we can go into 2014 with renewed confidence.