I drove a steam train!
|Better than a car.|
Swindon and Cricklade Railway is Wiltshire's only heritage railway, and is a little line run by dedicated volunteers. There are similar lines up and down the country, some with more track and some with less, but all alike in the way the people who care for the trains, stations and miles of track all do it for the love of it. I'm always awestruck by the dedication people put into things like this, working together to create something brilliant.
Swindon and Cricklade is an evolving line, and at present there is the main station, Blunsdon, and then a new station and engine shed at Hayes Knoll. Taw Valley Halt is their newest stop, and gives access to a country park. They do have plans to extend the line further, too. The volunteers are currently working on extending the track to Cricklade, which is a massive job.
|Spartan steaming past the signal box at Hayes Knoll|
|Hayes Knoll station/engine shed|
|See that big lever? That makes the train puff forward.|
|Standard open carriage. Look at how much room there is!|
|I want to go back and have a cream tea on the Moonraker.|
|Supervising my antics...|