The line’s £1million Emergency Appeal has now reached £715,000 although cash is still needed if the ambition to reopen over the full line is to be achieved in a year’s time.
G-WR members (largely from the locomotive department) who bought ‘Bubble Car’ No.
55003 from the Mid-Hants Railway for operations on the Toddington to Laverton section are now to buy a three-car Class 117 unit from the MHR to increase the G-WR’s DMU capacity.
Resident steam this year has been provided by the Llangollen Railway’s Kitson 0-6-0ST (5459/32) Austin No. The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway hopes to reinstate services over its full line in August 2012.
Recent engineering reports into the embankment collapse which severed the line at Chicken Curve near Winchcombe reveal the damage is worse than anticipated, but have enabled preparation of a plan of action to deal with repair works.
The NRM will unveil a 1937-built LMS 3rd Class brake corridor carriage painted in crimson lake livery with gold ‘speed lines’ behind its streamlined LMS ‘Princess Coronation’ Class No.
6229 Duchess of Hamilton at the September 24-25 LMS Steam Weekend at the York museum.
Restoration of the carriage must be complete by January 2013 for the 150th anniversary of London Underground.