Volunteers at Elsecar Heritage Railway are hoping to make a major push towards Cortonwood by laying a road crossing in Hemingfield.
Chairman, Del Tilling says the group now has enough money and materials to cross Tingle Bridge Lane by the end of the year or by next spring 'at the very latest'.
This month trial holes were dug in the road to ensure the railway track could be laid safely, avoiding gas and water pipes.
Del said the preliminary work was successful and means that once the track is laid, work trains can be sent across the road with materials to carry on with the rest of the route.
The overall project will cost about £300,000 to complete and the group has raised £40-45,000 so far.
The building of a new station at Hemingfield will also be tied in with the new crossing and will be named the Elephant and Castle Station after the Elephant and Castle pub in Hemingfield which has sponsored the new building.
For more, see this week's Hoyland and Wombwell editions.