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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
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Rolling stock
Private Events
With the steady expansion of our catering and hospitality facilities, private events at the Railway are becoming increasingly popular.
Vintage
Train
Pages describing the work of the Vintage Train Project on surviving GWR, Taff Vale, Cambrian and North London coaches.
Galloping
Gertie
The Galloping Gertie project aims to reconstruct one of the Beyer Peacock 2-6-0 goods locomotives that ran on the MSWJ.

March
Diesel Gala
Held on the weekend of 21st and 22nd March, and the first special event of our year, the Gala repeated the successful format of running two trains between Hayes Knoll and Taw Valley Halt. Northbound and southbound trains crossed at Blunsdon.

For the first time, the Gala offered brake van rides from Hayes Knoll to South Meadow Lane, allowing visitors to experience the full extent of the passenger railway. Motive power was Fowler 0-4-0 DH No 4220031 'Blunsdon' and ex-BR 03 No 03152. No 03152 has been recently returned to service after an extensive overhaul.

Class 73 E6003 'Sir Herbert Walker' took turns on the main passenger train. When relieved by the 09, it, too, gave very popular cab rides up to South Meadow Lane.

Once again, the Gala was well attended, and we would like to thank all those who helped with this successful event.


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Real Ale & Cider Festival
Saturday, Sunday & Monday
23rd, 24th & 25th May
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Kids Go Free Weekend
Saturday & Sunday
6th & 7th June
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Sponsored Walk for ‘Spartan’
Many thanks to all the people (and two dogs) who supported our seven- mile sponsored walk on Saturday 28th February from Mouldon Hill to Cricklade and back, to raise money to help pay for our new steam engine.
      The walk started at Taw Valley Halt, adjacent to Mouldon Hill Country Park, at 9.30am. After returning from Cricklade the walkers were given a tour of the engine shed at Hayes Knoll and then refreshments at Blunsdon before returning to Mouldon Hill.
      We are pleased to report that the walk raised over £2,400. Again, many thanks to all who took part.


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.
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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.

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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