The Vale of Berkeley Railway – Part 2
The Vale of Berkeley Railway group has set up their base in the old engine shed leased from the Canal & River Trust. Already three locomotives have arrived and the boiler of a fourth is under restoration.
This boiler is from 44027, a member of the national railway collection.
The other three locos. are LMS diesel shunter 7069, built in 1935.
A Class 03 diesel shunter
and one of the ubiquitous “Black Fives”, 44901.
Already the group has lots of equipment – almost a full size train set! – carriages, wagons, track and signals. However, they are urgently looking for people to come and join teams to start work on our projects at the Engine Shed.
Currently the group is in negotiation with Network Rail about gaining access to, and running steam trains on, the main line of the railway from Sharpness to Berkeley. It is a very detailed and rather slow process but a lot is going on behind the scenes.
The aim is to extend from Berkeley to the site of Berkeley Road station once the first section has been secured. Plans are to restore the station at Berkeley Road. Eventually the group wants to restore both Sharpness and Berkeley stations to their former glory.
The group sees itself as part of the regeneration of the area and enjoy working in partnership with the Canal and River Trust and other authorities so that all of our plans tie in together. The group is very community minded and wants to involve local communities so that they feel it is their railway.
If you would like to support the Trust please consider becoming a member. Their email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also keep up to date by checking the group’s Facebook page.
Next time – a narrow gauge railway in Northumberland!