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2013 Events
Pictures from our two major outdoor events in 2013.
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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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.

Metropolitan
No 1 and
GWR No 5637 are visiting during April
Steaming Dates for Met 1
April 18, 19, 20 & 21
(Easter Weekend)
April 26 & 27 (Steam Gala)
Steaming Dates for No 5637
April 26 & 27 (Steam Gala)
May 4, 5, 10 & 11
GWR 5637 '56' class 0-6-2T was originally restored on the Swindon & Cricklade, first arriving in 1982. On completion it was moved to the East Somerset, so this visit will mark its second arrival in over 30 years!
'Met No 1' is the only one of the Metropolitan Railway's E Class 0-4-4T's to survive into preservation. Built in 1898 and originally numbered 79 in the class of seven locomotives, it was also the last locomotive to be built in the Metropolitan's Neasden Works.
       On completion, E Class locomotives worked the Metropolitan's main line services from Verney Junction (with the LNWR) to Baker Street.
       Metropolitan electrification saw these engines relgated to branch line, goods and engineering duties, although all survived to be taken over by London Transport. No 1 had the distinction of working the last steam-hauled train on the London Transport network in 1961.
       Since entering preservation, No 1 has visited a number of other heritage lines, and we are now extremely pleased to welcome it to the Swindon & Cricklade for Easter 2014 and other dates.


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.
New and secondhand railway books
Fridge magnets

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


Steam Gala
Saturday & Sunday
26 & 27 April

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Kids Go Free Weekend
Saturday, Sunday & Monday
3rd, 4th & 5th May

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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.
Links page
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Voted "Excellent value and a wonderful evening", our 2014 dates are 20th June, 18th July and 5th September - 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
Please help us to extend the Hayes Knoll shed to provide separate accommodation for working locomotives and return the Restoration Centre to its full potential.
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No 6984
Owsden Hall
progress


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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