Category Archive: News

Aug 03

Jacker/Packer Arrives

VBR have been fortunate to secure a Jacker/Packer and Slewer machine from the Dean Forest Railway to restore. Once working it will be invaluable for helping to maintain the track, in particular slewing the track panels to the correct alignment and lifting the panels to allow ballast to be packed underneath. We plan to allocate …

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Jul 13

Land’s End to John O’Groats in aid of VBR

Two of our regular volunteers, Steve Armstrong & his son George, are cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats this summer, along with Rachel, Steve’s wife, and a group of friends. They plan to take about 14 days for the trip, departing on the 21st July and cycling an average of 70 miles each day. …

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Jun 10

June 100 Club Draw

The second 100 club draw took place on the 1st June. Tickets were kindly drawn by Hayley O’Malley as seen with Judith Freeman who manages the club. The lucky winners this quarter were: Ticket Number 5, Mrs D M Harris. Ticket Number 49, Mr John Mayes. Congratulations to the prize winners who each win £66. …

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May 31

GWSR Steam Gala

VBR attended the GWSR Steam Gala this bank holiday weekend, selling second hand model railway items, raffle tickets, membership and promoting newly launched funding schemes. It was also an opportunity to use our new display board which Paul & Graham erected on Friday evening, using the new posters that Howard put together during the week. …

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May 17

New Funding Schemes Launched

A series of new funding schemes have been launched in order to help raise money towards the rebuilding of the railway, starting with Phase 1 of our plans, involving rebuilding the original platform at Newtown, rebuilding of the platform at Berkeley and construction of a shed and loco facilities at Oldminster sidings. The Founders Club …

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Apr 30

Work Starts on Oldminster Sidings

The penultimate weekend of April was a milestone for the Vale of Berkeley Railway, with the first volunteers able to start clearance work of the undergrowth at Oldminster sidings. A month earlier, after three years of hard work by a dedicated team and following two environmental surveys, Network Rail granted VBR a license to access …

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Apr 29

New PTS Course Held

A new Personal Track Safety (PTS) course has been launched for those volunteers who, in the course of their duties, may require to work trackside on the Vale of Berkeley Railway. The course, which is closely modelled on the one used by the National Network, was well attended with 4 trustees and another 11 volunteers …

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Apr 29

100 Club Launched

A new funding initiative called the 100 Club has been launched after a successful trial of internal members. The idea is that you buy a ticket, costing £16 per year, which will enable you to be entered into a draw, each quarter, along with other 100 club members. Half the proceeds for that quarter are …

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Mar 24

Network Rail License

Network Rail have granted VoBR a license to clear the undergrowth around the track in Oldminster Sidings. This is as a result of many months of negotiations, led by Trustee Robin Payne and follows on from a series of ecology surveys VoBR commissioned over the last two years, headed up by Trustee Graham Wiltshire. All …

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Mar 02

100 Club’s First Winners

The first draw of the new VBR 100 club took place on the 1st March at the Merchiston Surgery, Swindon, where Judith Freeman, who administers the club, works. One of her colleagues  Mike Goodfield, very kindly agreed to draw the two winning tickets, with a prize of £62 each. The lucky winners are: Mr Paul Waldron …

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