Category Archive: News

Nov 13

Spend and Donate Through Amazon

When buying your gifts this Christmas through Amazon, by buying them through Amazon Smile, VoBR get 0.5% as a donation. All you need to do is make sure you go to www.smile.amazon.co.uk and select “Vale of Berkeley Railway Charitable Trust” as your registered charity at the top of the website.

Sep 06

September 100 Club Draw

This year’s third 100 club draw took place on the 1st Sept. The winning tickets were kindly drawn by Becky Gawthorn as seen with Judith Freeman who manages the club. The lucky winners were: Ticket Number 18, Mr D Stevenson Ticket Number 53, Mr J Mayes Congratulations to the prize winners who due to more …

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Sep 06

Oldminster Sidings Undergrowth Clearance Complete

It’s been tough work, with teams of volunteers working 3 to 4 days per week for the last 5 months, right through the heat wave, but we’re delighted to announce that we’ve completed the ground clearance work of the 1 acre site at Oldminster sidings in time before the end of August environmental deadline, when any …

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Sep 06

Route Walk Along The Line

In August some of the newly formed permanent way team had arranged a Network Rail supervised walk along the branch line from Oldminster to Berkeley, to gain an overview of the condition of the track and various structures. The walk started by the dock gates where the track crosses Bridge road and into the docks …

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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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