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Blunsdon, Swindon, Wiltshire SN25 2DA
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The S&CR was one of the first to undertake the complete reconstruction of a standard-gauge railway with no legacy of track or buildings. The Railway now offers a round-trip passenger journey of approximately five miles with trains run between Blunsdon and Hayes Knoll, plus an extension south to a new station at Mouldon Hill Country Park within the Borough of Swindon.
Blunsdon is the main 'visitor centre', with car parking, restaurant, shop etc, while Hayes Knoll gives visitors the opportunity to see various restoration projects progressing in the engine shed, now extended to include five roads. There has been active restoration on the railway since its earliest years – GWR 0-6-2T No 5637 and Modified Hall No 7903 'Foremarke Hall' being the best known.
Motive power is provided by resident Tkh 0-6-0T “Spartan”, while Andrew Barclay 0-6-0ST “Swordfish” is expected to return to steam in 2015. Diesels including ex-BR 08 and 09 and Class 73 electro diesel E6003 “Sir Herbert Walker”, plus industrials.
Passenger stock includes Mk1s and a two-car DEMU 'Thumper' unit, while an active Vintage Train Project is expecting to run its first train in 2015.
North of Hayes Knoll, the northern extension is being occupied by further tracklaying works towards Cricklade.