With the reopening of Tadpole Lane after ten months closure to rebuild two bridges, the Swindon & Cricklade Railway Society – celebrating its thirty-fifth anniversary in 2013 – is looking forward to a positive uplift in visitors.
Trains carrying the public started running again on Sunday 3 March from Blunsdon Station, off Tadpole Lane.
In the summer passengers will be able to board at Taw Valley Halt, a temporary station being built on the edge of Mouldon Hill Country Park, opposite Taw Hill.
Work has started on laying railway track into the park where the society hopes to build a permanent station when permission has been secured.
As the railway’s operations expand, there is a constant need for new volunteers to join the various teams responsible for building the line and the day to day running.
Variety of volunteering opportunities
Society publicity officer Adrian Brodie is keen to stress that a railway background is not necessary. “Virtually anyone can be a volunteer, enthusiasm and a degree of common sense is all that is required; you don’t need a railway background.
“People with existing skills and experience are needed, as well as volunteers to help with building, restoration and maintenance tasks, to assisting in The Whistlestop Cafe or the souvenir shop, or working in the ticket office.
“There are also volunteering opportunities to join train crews, including drivers, firemen, guards, and ticket inspectors, as well as station masters.”
Anyone interested in finding out more about volunteering should contact Pat Scott on: email@example.com or call 01380 816077; or Brian Pound: firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 07500 803245.
Find out more at: www.swindon-cricklade-railway.org