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« Reply #45 on: May 27, 2020, 08:07:21 pm »

Sadly this thread is turning into a catalogue of vandalism incidents.

VANDALS have caused hundreds of pounds worth of damage at the Swindon and Cricklade Railway.

This is not the first time that the historic site has been targeted by hoodlums but the fact that the railway has been closed for weeks and had none of the usual income from visitors will make this latest blow more difficult to recover from.

Volunteers are appealing for donations to help them cover repair costs.

A spokesman said: "Another heartbreaking discovery tonight at Taw Valley Halt. One of our members was taking his hour exercise and took the decision to check up on our station site.

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« Reply #46 on: October 18, 2020, 03:19:14 pm »

Took a trip to the Swindon & Cricklade Railway today for their first steam operating day of the year.  GWR (Great Western Railway) 0-6-2T 5619, built in Swindon in 1925, was in charge.  It is also planned to operate next Sunday before moving on to the Epping & Ongar Railway.

With the railway running compartment stock they are able to segregate individual parties quite easily and boarding and alighting was well organised.  (and good value for ?7)

The trip also gave me the chance to see how much the Tadpole Farm development is changing the landscape near the railway.

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« Reply #47 on: October 19, 2020, 01:26:18 pm »

With respect to the Two Tadpole Farm pictures from bobm, I never reaiised that telegraph poles grew SO quickly  Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin
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« Reply #48 on: October 19, 2020, 02:08:59 pm »

With the railway running compartment stock they are able to segregate individual parties quite easily and boarding and alighting was well organised.  (and good value for ?7)

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« Reply #49 on: May 28, 2023, 10:42:47 am »

With the glorious (and for a bank holiday weekend, unusual) weather I took another trip to the Swindon & Cricklade Railway.  Oh OK there was a beer festival there too!

The principle steam loco there is GWR (Great Western Railway) 6695.  It was rescued from Barry in 1979 and ran for a time on the West Somerset but was damaged while on a low loader and hadn't been in steam since 2015.   It was fully overhauled and past its boiler test last Autumn.   It is now part of the Swindon & Cricklade's 45th anniversary celebrations.

Although the ride is short by comparison to some heritage lines - it has some of the best upholstered coaches I have seen!
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