Berkeley revivalists run ‘first train’ – a PW trolley

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.

Vale of Berkeley Railway volunteers with their hand trolley, clearing Oldminster Sidings at Sharpness. VOBR

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.

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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