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Swindon and Cricklade Railway, Hayes Knoll

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. 

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The Wessex Downsman part 8 - Bristol to Mangotsfield
We rejoin the LCGB's first of two "Wessex Downsman" railtours at Bristol Temple Meads station as it departs behind Hymek no D7007 and LMS 4F no 44666 and takes the connecting spur across to ex-Midland metals to pass the old LMS Bristol Barrow Road shed where many LMS and BR standard locomotives can be seen. We pass over the Western's main line up Filton Bank from Temple Meads to South Wales and head for Mangotsfield where the Hymek comes off the train. This was an interesting station as it was situated on two legs of a triangular junction with the lines to the Gloucester and the north and to Bath (the third leg didn't have platforms). The 4F then takes the train forward through the station and we see the Hymek waiting in the west-to-north platforms. Login to read more

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LMS “Black 5” no. 45212 was an early arrival on the nascent Keighley & Worth Valley preservation group's branch line to Oxenhope in Bronte Country and is the power for this trip up the line in 1968.
Sometime in 1968 (the actual date was not recorded) Andrew Barclay-built fireless steam locomotive no. S/11 is seen “in steam” at the Reed Paper Group's Empire Paper Mills at Greenhithe in Kent
An 0-4-0 saddle tank was still in use in 1968 on the Storefield Mines industrial system near Middlesborough, part of the South Durham Steel & Iron Corporation's vast complex on Teesside.

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