By Paige Warman
Sausages, cider and steam will be on the menu at Swindon and Cricklade Railway this weekend.
And railway enthusiasts will be popping along to catch a glimpse of the newly restored 0-6-0 saddletank ‘Swordfish’ which will be making its first public appearance at the attraction’s Steam, Cider and Sausages event.
This will be the first time in 65 years the locomotive has run in service. It was built in 1941 by Andrew Barclay.
Swordfish owner Mel Denton said: “It has taken a long time to get Swordfish to this point, but, we were very thorough, wanting to get everything correct. We hope that Swordfish will now have a new lease of trouble-free running life.”
The event takes place on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 July and there will be a choice of five ciders and six different sausage flavours, available either in hot dog form, or individually on a fork.
Payment for cider or sausages is separate to the train tickets prices, which are: adult £9, senior £8, child £6 and family ticket (Two adults & two children) £24.
In late May the attraction suffered a serious arson attack with three box wagons, a trailer unit of the diesel multiple unit and signalling equipment destroyed.
This is the first event since the attack and it is hoped that the appearance of Swordfish, for the first time, coupled to a new event, will attract lots of visitors.