Category Archive: News

Aug 11

Exciting new shed talks planned into next year

Howard Parker, the VoBR Trust Chairman, has been busy the last few months arranging a new line up of exciting talks at the engine shed. These usually take place once a month on a Thursday and cover a wide range of railway or local history topics. Please take a look at the “Shed Events” section …

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May 09

New Walls Revealed at Berkeley Dig

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The last couple of weeks has seen a lot of progress with revealing the foundations of the old railway station at Berkeley. After having erected a new fence to cordon off the area, constructed in Midland Railway style, the right hand pavilion of the main building has been found where it meets the middle section and the location of …

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Apr 21

Old GWR Steam Shed Railings Reclaimed

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The Vale of Berkeley Railway (VBR) are very fortunate to have been donated the railings, gates, some windows and columns from the old Great Western (GWR) Malvern Road Steam Shed in Cheltenham. A team from VBR along with a lorry & staff from Moveright helped load the railings and equipment have gone into storage. VBR plan to use these railings in the …

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Apr 20

Berkeley Station Dig Returns

The dig at Berkeley Station to reveal the foundations has resumed this week after a break for the winter. Last year the left hand wing of the station, which served as the gentlemen’s toilets was revealed and one of the gable ends helping to give an idea as to how large the station was from front to …

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Mar 13

Excellent First Sales Event

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Our sales team had a great start to the year attending the Modrail event at STEAM Museum, Swindon on Saturday. The event was well attended with lots of people admiring the fantastic model railway layouts on show. We had many people come along to our stand, including one gentleman who’s grandad was the station master …

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Mar 10

03 Shunter on the Move

Wednesday 1st March was a momentous day for the Vale of Berkeley Railway diesel team as the 03 shunter moved under its own power for the first time at Sharpness. After months of overhauling the engine and air system, fitting new injectors, making a new exhaust, and refurbishing the fuel pump, the earlier engine problems have …

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Feb 22

Volunteer Days Extended

Due to the increasing number of regular volunteers, the shed committee have decided to increase the number of volunteer days to now include Tuesdays. This now means  the shed is open for volunteer work on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays 10am to 4pm. On each of these days a responsible key holder opens up the shed and either they …

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Feb 16

VBR Attends Festomane

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This week the Vale of Berkeley Railway have been attending Festomane, an event designed to promote engineering to schools colleges and the public.       A number of our volunteers such as Tony and Janet have been discussing the opportunities heritage engineering can offer young people in Gloucestershire to help keep these essential skills alive for …

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Jan 29

£2500 Donation Towards Signal Box Fund

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The Vale of Berkeley Railway have received a very generous donation of £2500 from the Sroud Vintage Transport & Engine Club (SVTEC) as a result of funds raised during their excellent Gloucestershire Vintage & Country Extravaganza show at South Cerney in 2016. The presentation was made on the 10th January by SVTEC members to Mike …

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Jan 06

VBR Featured in January’s Steam Railway

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2017 has got off to a great start with Steam Railway’s January issue of it’s magazine (No. 462) featuring a fantastic 6 page article (p40 to 45) on the Vale of Berkeley Railway and our future plans. The editor was taken on a tour of Sharpness and met some of our volunteers late last year. …

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