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Major Events
Pictures from two of our two major outdoor events.
2015 Steam & Real Ale

2014 Wartime Weekend
More track
We opened a new extension to Taw Valley in 2012. Now we are working towards Cricklade again.
Restoration Projects
Three pages showing some of the locomotive and rolling stock restoration that has been completed on the Railway.
Steam locos
Diesel locos
Rolling stock
Private Events
With the steady expansion of our catering and hospitality facilities, private events at the Railway are becoming increasingly popular.
The work of the Vintage Train Project on surviving GWR, Taff Vale, Cambrian and North London coaches.
Taff Vale No 73 enters service
The Galloping Gertie project aims to reconstruct one of the Beyer Peacock 2-6-0 goods locomotives that ran on the MSWJ.

With your help, the Thumper can run again
On Friday 20th May we received the devastating news that our two-car Thumper DEMU No 1302 had been rendered useless by fire damage. The obvious conclusion was arson, which had also destroyed three wagons on an adjacent line that had been used for storage.
      Unit 1302 was important for the railway’s passenger services as well as being a significant historical survival. It was clearly appreciated by enthusiasts and family visitors and by many school children during their holidays. In the months before the fire, it had been the subject of extensive refurbishment for the 2016 season.
It is a serious blow to the railway and to railway preservation nationally.
      The trailer car is a total loss. But, providentially, the driving car is relatively intact. It will need much work, but that is what the railway is good at.
We believe that we can find a vehicle to replace the trailer car. But we need financial help to obtain it. We are facing a huge expense that we cannot add to our existing commitments. But, with your help and our expertise, the Thumper can run again. Anything you can give will help bring that day closer. Thank you!
Please use this link for donations.
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And accept our thanks for any help you are able to give. Once again, Thank You!

Please support the railway's new steam locomotive

No 3135 'Spartan' is a Tkh classs 0-6-0T locomotive built by the Fablok company of Chrzanov, Poland in 1953.
      Tkh locomotives are already in service with a number of other heritage railways where they are powerful and willing performers. No 3135 is seen as an ideal acquistion for the Swindon & Cricklade: 'Spartan' is in fact the first steam locomotive to be wholly owned by the railway.
      While No 3135 is currently out of service for repairs, it will be appreciated that this is sometimes necessary for all forms of motive power. It does not alter the fact that 'Spartan' has the potential to give the railway a satisfactory future, free of locomotive hiring costs.
      The agreement under which 'Spartan' was acquired now needs the railway to restore funds borrowed to complete the purchase. We are therefore asking enthusiasts and other supporters of the railway - the only operator of heritage steam in Swindon - to add to the railway's own cash generation by using the 'donations' link below. Thank you!
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Swordfish moves under its own steam

February saw Andrew Barclay 0-6-0ST No 2138 'Swordfish' moving under its own steam for the first time since 1965. While work remains to be done, it is planned that 'Swordfish' will join Fabryka Locomotyw 0-6-0T 'Spartan' as the railway's second operating steam locomotive.
             The restoraton of 'Swordfish' has been a nine-year task for the locomotiive's owners, and having the locomotive moving under its own steam is a tremendous achievement for them. Its return to passennger duties will be announced here as soon as possible.

Voted "Excellent value and a wonderful evening", our 2016 dates are June 17th, July 15th and September 2nd - all Fridays.
Ticket price includes a two-course hot buffet meal + tea or coffee.
A reasonably-priced bar will also be available.
Booking essential. Click here to email for more details and to book.

Real Ale & Cider Festival
Saturday 28 to
Monday 30 May
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Kids Go Free Weekend
Saturday & Sunday
11 & 12 June
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Taff Vale coach
No 73 enters service

The first carriage to be restored by the Vintage Train Project has carried passengers
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Wartime Weekend
Sat & Sun 10 & 11 Sept
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Groups etc wishing to book for our 2016 Steam & Vintage Weekend (Sat/Sun 13/14 August 2016) or Wartime Weekend (Sat/Sun 10/11 September 2016)
call Tony Norris on 01793 976764 or click to email him. Thanks to all those who supported our 2015 events!
Our thanks to BMW, Amey and Network Rail
The railway wishes to record its thanks to BMW Group Plant Swindon, Amey and Network Rail for their valuable donations of track materials and pointwork.
Click here for details

The On Line Railway Cabin
Click below to use a link to 'The On Line Railway Cabin', a site designed to help those training for operational roles on the railway and full of interest for the enthusiast.
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Engine Shed Appeal
The engine shed extension has been built! Thanks go to everyone involved.
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