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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.
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.

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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'Days Gone' collectables
Placemats, Kitchen Boards
Paperweights and Bookmarks
Pens, Pencils, Postcards
Open Saturdays, Sundays and Special Events 11am - 4 pm.

Santa Specials
Saturdays & Sundays
November 28 & 29
Dec 5 & 6, 12 & 13, 19 & 20
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2016 Events
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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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.

Fire lit in Swordfish's boiler

At the end of March, the restored boiler of Andrew Barclay 0-6-0ST No 2138 'Swordfish' underwent its first steam test. Once approved, it will be reunited with the restored chassis at Blunsdon.

It is planned that later this year 'Swordfish' will join Fabryka Locomotyw 0-6-0T 'Spartan' as the railway's second operating steam locomotive.
             Meanwhile, work continues on No 6984 'Owsden Hall'. The restoration team will concentrate on 'Swordfish' as soon as its bolier arrives, but, with 'Swordfish' back in steam, work will carry on with the intention of introducing it as the railway's third operating locomotive.
Engine Shed Appeal
The engine shed extension has been built! Thanks go to everyone involved.
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