A major milestone was achieved by Vale of Berkeley Railway volunteers on November 9, when the first of four 880ft sidings was sufficiently cleared of undergrowth to run their first ‘train’ – in the form of a hand trolley.
Volunteers have been working at Oldminster Sidings for many months, to clear undergrowth and trees from the 2.5-acre site adjacent to Sharpness Docks.
Working under a temporary licence from Network Rail and within environmental and ecological guidelines, andwhile having no road access, all of the work has been done entirely by hand.
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Oldminster Sidings were laid as an exchange point for outgoing loaded trains from the Sharpness Docks rail system for transfer to the Severn & Wye Joint Railway and saw the last railway activity in the early 1990s.
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