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GWR Heritage Railway News

The news headlines for March 2012 on the latest developments on our heritage railways in GWR territory are as follows. To go to the websites of those railways, click here.

Track Laying to Truthall

The Helston Railway is making great strides with its track laying and is now almost 75% of the way to Truthall Halt. They now have planning permission to build the station there and this will happen this summer.

At the Barry Railway Centre, the plan is to have installed a turntable within 2 years so that it can be opened up to mainline charters. The turntable, which originates from Bricklayers Arms, was acquired in 2010 when the railway swopped ‘Barry 10′ hulk No 80150 for it.  Communication Director Mark Lang is reported in Steam railway magazine as saying, “It offers massive potential and everyone is very excited about it”.  It is a great  move forward for the embryonic centre which is also now negotiating with the successful Turkish 8F group at Toddington who have a plan and support to bring Black 5 44901 back to life within about 10 years using one of the newly imported donor 8Fs from Turkey. This leaves just two remaining ‘Barry 10′ locos yet to have a future: GWR 56xx No 6686 and BR 9F No 92245, discussions about which are said to be taking place.

At Bridgnorth, the SVR has a £2 million plan to revamp the station as it struggles on its cramped site to deal with its growing number of visitors.

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