Stratford on Avon and Broadway Railway

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The Stratford on Avon and Broadway Railway project (SBR) was an English railway project which aimed to re-open the closed railway line from Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire to Honeybourne railway station, Worcestershire for main-line connection.[1]

A later extension was planned to Broadway, Worcestershire where the line could link up with the proposed northern extension of the Gloucs-Warks Heritage Railway.

The railway operated at the former Long Marston Ministry of Defence depot. The railway operated at the north west corner of the site which is now the location of the proposed new Middle Quinton Eco-town.

Activities[edit]

A short section of track remains as a freight-only line from Honeybourne to Long Marston and initial efforts were concentrated on this. A newsletter for members was published under the title The Shakespeare Express.

The SBR project was run by the Stratford on Avon and Broadway Railway Society (1999) Limited (SBRS) and the Society had locomotives and rolling stock stored at the former Ministry of Defence depot at Long Marston. The site was not generally open to the public but there were occasional open days. The site was also visited by railtours.[2]

Dissolution[edit]

On 14 February 2010 the Stratford on Avon and Broadway Railway Society (1999) Limited was dissolved because "...with little chance of opening the line between Stratford and Honeybourne within the next 10 years and the fewer volunteers, we only had two choices: find a new home or sell the stock".[3] The Stratford on Avon and Broadway Railway Trust (a separate body) still exists.

It was envisaged that the rolling stock would be moved to the Berkeley Vale Railway which plans to use the Sharpness Branch Line. This plan did not come to fruition so an alternative plan was devised. Some of the stock will be sold and the remainder will be loaned to other railway societies. The Somerset & Dorset Railway Heritage Trust took delivery of two ex-Navy goods vans and a two-car diesel multiple unit on loan in October/November 2011.[4]

Locomotives[edit]

SBR locomotives [5]

Steam[edit]

Diesel[edit]

  • Barclay 0-4-0DM, works no. 362, Mulberry 70047
  • Fowler 0-4-0DM, works no. 4220022, ROF Chorley No.4

The Long Marston site is also used for the storage of surplus main line locomotives and rolling stock which do not form part of the SBR fleet.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stratford Broadway Railway
  2. ^ "7th June 2008 UK Railtours Long Marston Open Day Weekend". Six Bells Junction. Retrieved 2008-10-10. 
  3. ^ The Shakespeare Express, issue no.39, spring 2010, page 3
  4. ^ http://www.sdjr.co.uk/
  5. ^ Industrial Railway Society (2007). Industrial Locomotives (14EL). Industrial Railway Society. ISBN 0-901906-39-5. 
  • The Shakespeare Express, issue no.31, winter 2006
  • SBR Stock Book, September 2006

Coordinates: 52°10′23″N 1°44′23″W / 52.17306°N 1.73972°W / 52.17306; -1.73972