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
LocaleSwindon, Wiltshire, England
TerminusBlunsdon
Coordinates51°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 gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Preserved operations
Length2.5 miles (4.0 km)
Preserved gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Preservation history
1978Preservation Society formed
1984S&CR granted Light Railway Order (following reconstruction of the line)
1985S&CR re-opened and runs its first trains
2008South Meadow reached
2012Taw Valley Halt reached
2014Taw Valley Halt officially opened
HeadquartersBlunsdon
Swindon & Cricklade Railway
M&SWJR to Cheltenham (Lansdown)
Cricklade
Farfield Lane (proposed)
Hayes Knoll
Blunsdon
Tadpole Lane
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.

Swindon and Cricklade Railway is a registered charity.[1]

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, Hampshire, to Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

The volunteer-operated railway has reopened three stations: Hayes Knoll, Taw Valley Halt and Blunsdon, the headquarters of the line. Hayes Knoll features a restored signalbox that is operational during special events and a running/restoration shed. The length of the restored line is a little under 2.5 miles (4.0 km).

The line extends north to South Meadow Lane (a few hundred yards from the site of a proposed Farfield Lane halt) near Cricklade, and south to Taw Valley Halt on the outskirts of Swindon, near Mouldon Hill Country Park.[2] A southern terminus, Mouldon Hill, is proposed within the park.[3]

Locomotives[edit]

Steam locomotives[edit]

Number & Name Class Notes Photograph
No. 2138 Swordfish Andrew Barclay 0-6-0ST Built in 1941. Operational, returned to service in 2016 after restoration. The end of the line, for now (geograph 3387665).jpg
No. 2413 Gunby Hunslet 0-6-0ST Built in 1941. Awaiting a major restoration.
No. 2354 Richard Trevithick Andrew Barclay 0-4-0ST Built in 1954. Undergoing a ten-yearly overhaul.
No. 1464 MSC No. 70 Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0T Built in 1921. Undergoing overhaul. Hudswell Clarke 1464 (5588697404).jpg
No. 3135 Spartan Fablok TKh49 Class Built in 1953. Awaiting overhaul. 3135 Spartan at Blunsdon (27428754932).jpg
No.5637 GWR 5600 Class Built in 1925. On loan to the East Somerset Railway. Engine 5637 - geograph.org.uk - 864676.jpg
No. 6984 Owsden Hall GWR 6959 Modified Hall Class Built in 1948. Arrived in May 2013 from the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway for the completion of its restoration to working order.
No. 7903 Foremarke Hall GWR 6959 Modified Hall Class Built in 1949. Operational at the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway. Foremarke Hall at Toddington, GWR ... (2411152866).jpg

Diesel locomotives[edit]

  • BR Class 03 0-6-0DM – D2022. Awaiting major overhaul.
  • BR Class 03 0-6-0DM – D2152 – cut-down cab variant. Major overhaul almost complete. Intermittent service.
  • BR Class 97/6 0-6-0DE – PWM651. Arrived from Strathspey Railway in August 2015. Operational.
  • BR Class 08 0-6-0DE – D3261. Restored to service in October 2010.
  • BR Class 09 0-6-0DE – 09004. Undergoing overhaul. Intermittent service.
  • BR Class 73 Bo-Bo electro-diesel Sir Herbert Walker No E6003. In service.
  • Fowler 0-4-0DM Woodbine No 21442. In service.
  • Fowler 0-4-0DM No 7342. In regular use on works trains.
  • Fowler 0-4-0DM No 422003. In service.

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 until destroyed in a fire on 20 May 2016.[4]

Specialist vehicles[edit]

  • TASC 45 No. 98504, built by Plasser & Theurer for British Rail. A four-wheel vehicle with side-tipping dropside rear body, crew cab with mess facilities and a HIAB 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.[5] 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.[6]

Vintage railway coaches[edit]

Number Type Notes Photograph
No. 7545 GWR Toplight built 1907 – extensive restoration in progress
No. 3898 GWR Toplight built 1920 – awaiting restoration
No. 73 Taff Vale Railway Composite coach. built 1890 – restoration completed using ex Fruit D chassis
No. 104 Cambrian Railways Full Brake Recovered from derelict property in North Devon in August 2018. Awaiting restoration. Will run with No. 110 when complete.
No. 110 Cambrian Railways 1st/2nd composite built 1894 – coach body being restored
No. 111 North London Railway 1st class Underframe suitable for 111 in stock. Work on rebuilding original frame has begun.
No. 422 Luggage Brake New-build brake carriage being converted from a goods brake for use on the vintage trains with Taff Vale 73. This is due to the possibility of obtaining a vintage brake carriage being very slim. Possibility of entering service in 2019.

Stations of the S&CR line[edit]

Station Notes
Cricklade Construction planned as part of northern extension
Farfield Lane Construction planned as a temporary northern terminus until Cricklade station is built; at the site of a collapsed and in-filled bridge where Farfield Lane crosses the line
South Meadow Lane Halfway point between Hayes Knoll and Farfield Lane; used as a return point to Hayes Knoll when running north from Blunsdon. No run-round loop, no platform facilities. A siding is planned but has yet to be laid.
Hayes Knoll Depot and workshop; no road access
Blunsdon Headquarters of the line
Taw Valley Halt Opened in 2014. 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 existing utilities can be overcome to allow access to Mouldon Hill station to be built)
Mouldon Hill Construction planned as part of southern extension towards Swindon

References[edit]

  1. ^ Charity Commission. SWINDON AND CRICKLADE RAILWAY, registered charity no. 1067447.
  2. ^ "The Line". Retrieved 15 November 2010.
  3. ^ Pigott, Nick, ed. (July 2012). "Putting the Swindon in Swindon & Cricklade!". The Railway Magazine. Horncastle: Mortons Media Group. 158 (1335): 65. ISSN 0033-8923.
  4. ^ Robins, Tina. "Blaze destroys vintage train" (20 May 2016). Swindon Advertiser. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  5. ^ "News – Wickham Trolleys – October 2009". ontrackplant.com.
  6. ^ "9031 – Wickham Type 27A Trolley". Retrieved 28 October 2010.

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