THE Swindon & Cricklade Railway has launched an appeal to pay for the carriage of track materials to the site of its new northern extension.
The railway hopes to celebrate its 40th anniversary by reaching the second town in its name.
However, before it can lay track as part of the push to Cricklade, the materials must be moved from the line’s Blunsdon base.
The railway, a registered charity, has appealed for sponsors to help meet the £1000 daily cost of hiring a specialist lorry to move the rails into place. They are being invited to donate £500 to cover one delivery.
The lorry can collect and deliver two loads of 25 60ft lengths – a total of 250 yards – of rail in one day.
Meanwhile, railway volunteers have lifted a large amount of track and associated fixtures from the sidings that served the former Didcot A power station site.
The railway was initially donated several panels of track lifted by the owner of the site, Clowes Group, during its development on the western side.
While the railway was collecting these materials, it was noticed that the rest of the track was still in place. Following subsequent discussions with the development manager, Graftongate, the railway was donated the remaining track.
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