The Clifton Rocks Railway, with Maggie Shapland

May 17, 2018 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Hamfields Leisure
Berkeley GL13 9TN

Maggie will talk about her role as the restoration officer, refurbishing Clifton Rocks Railway since 2005.

The Railway ran from 1893 to 1934 (going bankrupt in 1908 and 1934). It is in a 500′ skewed tunnel on a 1 in 2 gradient. It was then converted for wartime use as overnight shelters, a barrage balloon section, and a BBC transmitting station. This involved building lots of wartime structures on top of the railway lines.

She has recently written a book ‘The Ups and Downs of Clifton Rocks Railway and the Clifton Spa’, the last chapter dealing with conservation versus restoration.

People who have never been inside often want the railway to run again, but the wartime story is as important as the railway story.

During the evening we usually break for tea and biscuits, where a donation is appreciated and a raffle is held