Volunteers at the Swindon & Cricklade Railway (SCR) in Wiltshire have been hard at work restoring the old track bed towards Cricklade which is almost unrecogniseable since the last passenger service ran 57 years ago.
This major £2million civil engineering project will eventually see the SCR extend its line 1 3/4 miles to the town of Cricklade, with its first target being rebuilding the section of line to Farfield Lane, half-a-mile north of South Meadow Lane. The railway will face a number of structural difficulties with the project including a bridge that was destroyed in a military exercise in the 1970s. As the bridge was blown up, the original parapets are not usable therefore the whole structure will need to be replaced. After this, the team will need to construct a platform and run-round loop, as the cutting south of the bridge is too narrow.
A completion date for the project has not yet been set but the railway hopes to have the majority of the work done within the next two years. Including the recently-opened southern extension to Taw Valley Halt, this will make the line four miles long in total.
Anyone who wants to help get the appeal going can do so online by following this link.
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