Swindon and Cricklade Railway

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Swindon and Cricklade Railway
Hayes Knoll railway station by Brian Robert Marshall.jpg
Slough Estates No.3 with a service train at Hayes Knoll
Locale Swindon, Wiltshire, England
Terminus Blunsdon
Coordinates 51°36′25″N 1°50′37″W / 51.607°N 1.8436°W / 51.607; -1.8436Coordinates: 51°36′25″N 1°50′37″W / 51.607°N 1.8436°W / 51.607; -1.8436
Commercial operations
Original gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Preserved operations
Length 3 miles (4.8 km)
Preserved gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Preservation history
1978 Preservation Society, formed
1984 S&CR Granted Light Railway Order (following hardwork and reconstruction of the line)
1985 S&CR Re-opened and runs its first train rides within Preservation
2008 South Meadow reached, Swindon & Cricklade services extended withinhalf-a-mile
2012 Taw Valley Halt reached, Swindon & Cricklade services extended
2014 Taw Valley halt opens, officially
Headquarters Blunsdon
Swindon and Cricklade Railway
M&SWJR to Cheltenham (Lansdown)
Cricklade
Farfield Lane (proposed)
Hayes Knoll
Blunsdon
Tadpole Lane
River Ray
Taw Valley Halt
M&SWJR to Andover
Mouldon Hill (proposed)
Proposed extension towards Swindon

The Swindon & Cricklade Railway is a heritage railway in Wiltshire, England, that operates on a short section of the old Midland and South Western Junction Railway line between Swindon and Cricklade.

Preservation history[edit]

The Swindon & Cricklade Railway Preservation Society was formed by a group of Enthusiasts in November 1978 to reconstruct and preserve a section of the Midland & South Western Junction Railway that ran from Andover in Hampshire to Cheltenham in Gloucestershire.

The volunteer-operated railway has since built a tale of two railway stations: Hayes Knoll and Blunsdon – the headquarters of the line.

Hayes Knoll features a restored signalbox that is operational during special events. The line continues north to South Meadow Lane (a few hundred yards close to a proposed Farfield Lane halt) near Cricklade, and the charity are also extending the line south via Mouldon Hill towards Swindon.[1]

The S&CR operates from South Meadow Lane (close to Farfield Lane nr Cricklade) via Hayes Knoll and Blunsdon to as far Taw Valley Halt (close to a nearby Mouldon Hill), at a current total of over 3 miles in length.

Locomotives[edit]

Steam locomotives[edit]

Diesel locomotives[edit]

Diesel Multiple Units[edit]

  • BR Class 119 unit 119021 (formed of 51074+51104). Undergoing a complete overhaul.
  • BR Class 207 unit 207203 (formed of 60127+60901). In service.

Specialist vehicles[edit]

  • TASC 45 No. 98504, built by Plasser & Theurer for the now-obsolete British Rail. A four-wheel vehicle with side-tipping dropside rear body, crew cab with mess facilities and a Hi-Ab crane on the rear. Used regularly on works trains and on galas.
  • Wickham Railcar No 9031 (Type 27 Mk III, Works No. 8089), a small four-wheeled vehicle for departmental use.[2] Crew cab seating five. Smaller than normal railway vehicles to standard loading gauge, as it is roughly 6 feet (1.8 m) tall. Has no external couplings/drawbar or buffers. Undergoing overhaul, engine being replaced with that of a Peugeot 106.[3]

Stations of the S&CR line[edit]

  • Cricklade
    • (construction being planned as part of northern extension)
  • Farfield Lane
    • (construction planned as the current temporary northern terminus for line until Cricklade station is built. This will be at the site of a collapsed and in-filled bridge where Farfield Lane crosses the line and work will officially commence shortly after Taw Valley Halt is in place and opened to the public.)
  • South Meadow Lane, run-round loop only, no platform facilities,
    • (halfway point between Hayes Knoll and Farfield Lane). Used as a return point to Hayes Knoll when running north from Blunsdon, respectively.
  • Hayes Knoll
  • Blunsdonheadquarters of the line
  • Taw Valley Halt
    • Opening in Spring 2014, and is used as a return point to Blunsdon, when running south from Hayes Knoll, and is the current terminus of the line (until funding, planning and issues with the exiting utilities can be overcome to allow access Mouldon Hill station to be built)
  • Mouldon Hill
    • (construction being planned as part of southern extension towards swindon)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Line". Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  2. ^ "News – Wickham Trolleys – October 2009". ontrackplant.com. 
  3. ^ "9031 – Wickham Type 27A Trolley". Retrieved 28 October 2010. 

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