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2014 Events
Pictures from our two major outdoor events in 2014.
Steam & Real Ale

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.
Pages describing the work of the Vintage Train Project on surviving GWR, Taff Vale, Cambrian and North London coaches.
The Galloping Gertie project aims to reconstruct one of the Beyer Peacock 2-6-0 goods locomotives that ran on the MSWJ.

Spartan arrives

Polish-built Tkh 0-6-0T locomotive No 3135 Spartan has arrived at the railway. Spartan is the railway's first wholly-owned steam locomotive, and arrived on 2nd December from the Spa Valley Railway.
             No 3135 was built in 1953 by Fabryka Lokomotyw of Chrzanow. A number of sister locomotives are working on other UK heritage railways. First duties will be on our 2014 Santa Specials.
             At some point during 2015 it is also expected that Andrew Barclay 0-6-0ST No 2138 Swordfish will return to steam. Swordfish is the sister locomotive of Salmon, that left the Swindon & Cricklade early this year. Also actively progressing is the restoration of No 6984 Owsden Hall
Approaching Cricklade again

We are now clearing the ground so as to be able to prepare the track bed and extend the railway from South Meadow Lane to Farfield Lane.
More info here

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Placemats, Kitchen Boards
Paperweights and Bookmarks
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Open Saturdays, Sundays and Special Events 11am - 4 pm.

Diesel Gala
Saturday & Sunday
21st & 22nd March
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Kids Go Free Weekend
Saturday & Sunday
28th & 29th March
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Our thanks to

The railway wishes to record its thanks to BMW Group Plant Swindon for its valuable donation of track and pointwork.
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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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Voted "Excellent value and a wonderful evening", our 2015 dates are June 19th, July 24th and September 4th - 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.

Engine Shed Appeal
The engine shed extension has been built! Thanks go to everyone involved.
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No 6984
Owsden Hall

Good progress has been made since the locomotive arrived in May 2013. The tender is now finished apart from rubbing down and painting, which is hoped to be done soon, now that the weather seems to be improving.
             On the locomotive, the inside motion is finished, all sand boxes have been repaired and fitted, and all the valve rods and pistons fitted. All brake linkages have been stripped down, cleaned and refitted. The boiler has been moved into its correct position. Fabrication on left hand side (fireman’s) fire-iron splasher is nearly completed and all the other splashers finished.
             At the moment (March 2014) the cab floor being worked upon and the cab being rubbed down and painted. We are also preparing to align and fit the pistons and slide bars.

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