Category Archive: News

Jan 04

Annual Raffle Winners Announced

We’re delighted to announce our annual raffle was drawn at the Christian Wolmar evening in Bristol on the 15th December. The lucky raffle winners have now all been informed and were: 1st Prize: Mr C Nicol 2nd Prize: Mr J Billet 3rd Prize Mr J Worth Congratulations to the winners and many thanks to everyone …

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Dec 12

Christmas Comes to VBR


On Friday evening nearly 50 members of the railway and their partners, attended an excellent festive Christmas meal at the Berkeley Arms. A good time was had by all, which gave everyone the chance to socialise and perhaps meet other new members of the railway.

Nov 19

Donated LMS Signal

VBR have recently been donated an LMS signal post, complete with both distance & stop boards by John & Rosemary Meek. Since the original Sharpness branch line was owned by both the GWR & LMS railway companies then both types of signalling equipment would have been used and so this may be idea for Berkeley …

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Oct 22

Members Meeting Well Attended


The Members Meeting on the 15th Sept at the Berkeley Arms was well attended and gave a great opportunity for our members to be updated on progress to date. With over 60 members attending out of over 250 that have joined to date, Tim Cambray, Graham Sturgess and Howard Parker gave a series of presentations …

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Oct 22

Crowd Funding Appeal Launched

The Vale of Berkeley Railway has recently launched a Crowd Funding Appeal to try and raise much needed income to help secure the purchase and transport of a number of Midland Railway style Signal boxes from Network Rail. After only a week we’re delighted to have raised £240, but we need more in order to …

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Sep 21

First Open Weekend a Success


The Open Weekend on the 17th & 18th September was a big success. On Saturday nearly 100 people, mainly locals, came to see what we are up to and learn more about our plans for the future. With guided tours round the shed, a model railway, railway simulation of the line, steam car and refreshments, …

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Sep 12

BBC Visits Berkeley Station Dig


Last week the BBC News team visited the dig at Berkeley Station and interviewed Tim Cambray. Tim explained the purpose of the dig is to try and identify the exact location and dimensions of the old Station, which was closed to passengers in November 1964 and later demolished. The Vale of Berkeley Railway hopes to …

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Sep 12

Interview on Radio Gloucestershire


The Vale of Berkeley Railway Trust Chairman, Howard Parker, was interviewed on Gloucestershire Radio Mark Cummings show on Monday morning (20th Sept). Howard explained why we are currently digging up the foundations of Berkeley Station and the overall aims of the project, to create a heritage railway running from Sharpness to Berkeley. To listen to …

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Sep 04

Digging Berkeley Station

Work has started to explore the platform and building foundations of the old Berkeley Station in order to help identify the exact location of the structures for planning purposes. Tim Cambray, part of our planning team, leads a small team of volunteers who reveal parts of the floor and waste pipe. Details of progress can …

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Sep 03

Austerity No 15 Arrives


Austerity No 15 arrives form Bitton where it has been working on the Avon Valley Railway for the last few years. The boiler is now in need of some work and re-tubing, so some of our volunteers will help to strip the loco in order to crane out the boiler for repair.  

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