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‘Fight to re-open Railway’ – From the ‘Brownhills Gazette, December 1989 – via Brownhills Bob, David Evans and Brian Stringer
Fight to re-open Railway
From the ‘Brownhills Gazette, December 1989
via Brownhills Bob, David Evans and Brian Stringer
This was taken from Brownhills Bob’s latest post (28-10-2014) and is of particular interest to railway followers in the Lichfield, Walsall, Brownhills area.
On a personal level – when I first started school (a few weeks ago now!), I used to travel from Brownhills to Lichfield by train (steam, obviously), and later, when I started work, I travelled in the other direction, from Brownhills to Walsall (steam or diesel) – hence my interest in the line. John (CWS).
Next year (2015) will be the fiftieth anniversary of the closure of the line!
Some Early Lines
Old Railway Companies
Wallingford & Watlington Railway
Incorporated on 25 June 1864, this was the first
standard gauge branch of the GWR. It failed to reach the length authorised (9 miles), stopping short of Wallingford and abandoning the river crossing. Opening on 2 July 1866, the line was worked by the GWR, which bought the Company for £16,750 under an Act of 25 July 1872. The line was closed on 1 June 1981, and is the site of a preservation scheme, the Cholsey & Wallingford Railway, now authorised to run into Cholsey station.
The Cholsey and Wallingford Railway Preservation Society (C&WRPS) aims to preserve the branch as a Heritage Railway. After years of hard work by our members, the line is now open all the way from the main line station at Cholsey to Wallingford and passenger services have been restored. Acheivements include the relaying of various sections of track and sucessfully preserving the line into Wallingford when the new town bypass was built.
In addition to the regular maintainance and restoration of the line and its rolling stock, the Society is now chanelling its efforts into the re-development of the Wallingford station site. A major project to improve the permanent way is also currently underway, to ensure the line continues to be fit for passenger trains. More members are needed to help with this major project. See the membership page and volunteer today!
The current Wallingford end of the Cholsey and Wallingford Railway, with locomotive 701.
Date 1 April 2005
Author Chris Wood Copyright (c) 2005 Chris Wood. Uploaded by the copyright holder under the terms of the GFDL (see below).
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After spending some time at Cholsey & WallingtonRailway, ‘701’ went to Chasewater Railway in Staffordshire, appearing firstly as 701, then in GWR livery and finally in NCB colours.
Forthcoming Events – October Half-Term
Free art activities for children this half term
Three Spires Shopping Centre
Lichfield District Council is inviting budding artists to take part in this year’s Big Draw, and join in free art activities taking place in Lichfield over half term.
Everyone is welcome to have a go at two drop-in workshops as a part of The Big Draw. This year’s theme is ‘It’s Our World’, and will see children and adults making artwork that celebrates their local environment and landscape.
The first workshop is being held at Three Spires Shopping Centre on Saturday 25 October and the second is at Lichfield Library on Tuesday 28 October. Both sessions are free and will run from 10am to 4pm.
The Saturday event will see professional artists lead a range of activities at Three Spires. Artist Saranjit Birdi will demonstrate his unique skill of drawing with his feet, and will be encouraging shoppers to try to do the same. Artist Faye Binza will invite passers-by to draw their thoughts on the theme ‘Their World’ on two boards that will fill up and evolve throughout the day. Lastly artist Jaki Bogg will help participants to create 3D animals with wire.
On Saturday there is also the chance to enter the ‘Design a Plate’ competition at The Kitchen Shop on Market Street. Children will create their designs on a paper plate, with the winning entry being turned into a hand painted plate by Denby Pottery.
The Tuesday workshop invites children and adults to use their imaginations and draw their own world on large circles on the floor. The drop-in session is running at Lichfield Library from 10am to 4pm.
As part of the local Big Draw project, professional artists have also been running drawing workshops at local schools throughout October. The artwork from the school visits and the two free art activities will go on display for all to enjoy in the Art Gallery at Lichfield Library between Tuesday 28 October and Saturday 1 November.
Celia Houghton, Arts Development Officer at Lichfield District Council who is helping to run the activities said: “Getting involved in The Big Draw is a fantastic way to get the country drawing and creating art. The free activities in Lichfield offer local people the chance to rediscover their artistic side and we hope lots of people drop-in throughout the two days of activities and then don’t forget to visit the exhibit at the library too.”
Lichfield District Council is leading this project, with support from Three Spires Shopping Centre and Staffordshire County Council. It is sponsored by Faber-Castell.