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 0-6-0 ST Built in 1941. Operational, returned to service in 2016 after restoration. The end of the line, for now (geograph 3387665).jpg
No. 2354 Richard Trevithick Andrew Barclay 0-4-0 ST Built in 1954. Undergoing a ten-yearly overhaul.
No. 1464 MSC No. 70 Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0 T Built in 1921. Undergoing overhaul. Hudswell Clarke 1464 (5588697404).jpg
No. 3135 Spartan Fablok TKh49 Class 0-6-0 T Built in 1953. Awaiting overhaul. 3135 Spartan at Blunsdon (27428754932).jpg
No. 5619 GWR 5600 Class 0-6-2 T Built in 1925. On loan from the Telford Steam Railway.[4] GWR 5619 at the Midland Railway - Butterley.jpg
No. 5637 GWR 5600 Class 0-6-2 T Built in 1925. On loan to the East Somerset Railway. Engine 5637 - geograph.org.uk - 864676.jpg
No. 6695 GWR 5600 Class 0-6-2 T Built in 1928. Undergoing Overhaul, recently moved from the West Somerset Railway. Hugh llewelyn 6695 (5373474370).jpg
No. 6984 Owsden Hall GWR 6959 Modified Hall Class 4-6-0 Built in 1948. Arrived in May 2013 from the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway for the completion of its restoration to working order. A81A1050 Owsden Hall (21867645105).jpg
No. 35011 General Steam Navigation SR Merchant Navy Class 4-6-2 Built in 1944. Arrived in April 2019. Currently part of a scheme to restore the loco to as-built condition with air-smoothed casing and chain link valve gear.[5] SR Merchant Navy 35011 "General Steam Navigation".jpg

Diesel locomotives[edit]

Diesel multiple units[edit]

  • BR Class 119 unit 119021 (formed of 51074+51104). Operational.
  • BR Class 207 unit 207203 (formed of 60127+60901). In service until destroyed in a fire on 20 May 2016.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8]

Vintage railway coaches[edit]

Origin Number Type Notes Photograph
GWR No. 7545 GWR Toplight Brake corridor Tri-composite [9] built 1907 – extensive restoration in progress GWR 7545 Toplight Brake corridor Tri-Composite.jpg
GWR No. 3898 GWR Toplight corridor third [10] built 1920 – awaiting restoration. Later turned into a camping coach.
TVR No. 73 Taff Vale Railway Composite coach. built 1890 – restoration completed using ex Fruit D chassis. [11] Taff Vale no. 73 First and Second Composite.jpg
CR No. 104 Cambrian Railways Full Brake Recovered from derelict property in North Devon in August 2018. Will run with No. 110 when complete. Now under restoration. [12] Cambrian Railways Full Brake 104.jpg
CR No. 110 Cambrian Railways 1st/2nd composite built 1894 – coach body being restored. [13] Cambrian Railways 1st and 2nd composite no. 110.jpg
NLR No. 111 North London Railway 1st class Underframe suitable for 111 in stock. Work on rebuilding original frame has begun. [14] North London Railway no. 111 First class carriage.jpg
GWR 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. S&CR Luggage Brake no. 422.jpg


Wagons[edit]

Origin Number Type Notes Photograph
LMS PBA27 4-wheel ventilated van Unknown build date. Later used by the Port of Bristol Authority and numbered 27. Recently restored to operational condition and painted blue with a 'Jewson' logo. [15] LMS Goods Van PBA27.jpg
GWR 27907, later 17980 4-wheel goods brake van Likely an early date GWR Toad due to the spoked wheels. Heavily modified for passenger use. Previously at Swindon Steam Museum GWR Brake van 17980.jpg
Swindon and Cricklade Rly 3 4-wheel weedkilling wagon Converted from a four-wheel wagon underframe. Used for killing of weeds. [16] Swindon and Cricklade Railway weedkiller no. 3.jpg
GWR 92953, later PBA61047 Four-wheel China Clay Wagon Built in 1913 at Swindon. Previously used by Port of Bristol Authority. [17] 12T GW 92953 at Blunsdon (26934453343).jpg
BR B 954937 Four-wheel goods brake van Built in 1959 at Faverdale. Operational [18] BR Goods brake van B 954937.jpg
BR 200241 Four-wheel non-ventilated van Built in 1969 at Ashford. BR 200241 Goods van.jpg

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. ^ "Steam". Swindon and Cricklade Railway. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  5. ^ "35011 General Steam Navigation". Swindon and Cricklade Railway. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  6. ^ Robins, Tina. "Blaze destroys vintage train" (20 May 2016). Swindon Advertiser. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  7. ^ "News – Wickham Trolleys – October 2009". ontrackplant.com.
  8. ^ "9031 – Wickham Type 27A Trolley". Retrieved 28 October 2010.
  9. ^ http://www.cs.rhrp.org.uk/se/CarriageInfo.asp?Ref=235
  10. ^ http://www.cs.rhrp.org.uk/se/CarriageInfo.asp?Ref=189
  11. ^ http://www.cs.rhrp.org.uk/se/CarriageInfo.asp?Ref=24
  12. ^ http://www.cs.rhrp.org.uk/se/CarriageInfo.asp?Ref=16066
  13. ^ http://www.cs.rhrp.org.uk/se/CarriageInfo.asp?Ref=6063
  14. ^ http://www.cs.rhrp.org.uk/se/CarriageInfo.asp?Ref=5679
  15. ^ http://www.ws.rhrp.org.uk/ws/WagonInfo.asp?Ref=11100
  16. ^ http://www.ws.rhrp.org.uk/ws/WagonInfo.asp?Ref=7159
  17. ^ http://www.ws.rhrp.org.uk/ws/WagonInfo.asp?Ref=7143
  18. ^ http://www.ws.rhrp.org.uk/ws/WagonInfo.asp?Ref=9681

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