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Defunct preserved railways

Discussion in 'Heritage Railways & Centres in the UK' started by Robkitchuk, Oct 6, 2014.

  1. City of truro fan

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    In my notes many years ago there’s was a railway near saindersfoot in Wales. It was in a field and there was quite a big loop of track around the outside but it had closed and now the railway has gone. But I forgot to write down what year it was at the time so I don’t know any more. Sorry about this.
     
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    When will the WSR thread be merged with this one?
     
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    Yes, the torrid tale of the Saundersfoot Steam Railway!

    Basically, the Saundersfoot Steam Railway was a planned 15" gauge line of about 1 mile from Sepaside to Wiseman's Bridge on the trackbed of the old 4' Saundersfoot Railway. Planning permission was given, despite objections from Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and Rural Wales, in 1988, but no trains ran until 1991 and even then on a different route. Due to a number of objections forcing a public inquiry, and interim railway of 400 yards was laid around part of the proposed site at Stepaside. Steam locomotive Chough (built by Wilhelm van der Heiden in Rotterdam and having at some point or another steamed in most parts of the UK, from the RH&DR, to Paradise Railway in Cornwall, then up to Banff in Scotland, and back down to Bury St Edmunds) was tested on site having not run for a few years, and the temporary line finally opened in the summer of 1991 with Chough as the only locomotive.

    The public enquiry was completed toward the end of 1991 and a LRO granted, but that was as far as the railway got, insufficient funds and the closure of the temporary line in 1992 due to the land being sold, brought the whole plan to an end. Chough is now in Canada. You can find a lot more info on the local and the Saundersfoot Steam Railway here: https://www.narrow-gauge.co.uk/gallery/show.php?image_id=467&cat_id=87
     
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    15' gauge? We're in dockside crane territory here, surely...
     
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    Shades of Spinal Tap's Stonehenge.
     
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    Ah blast - that's a bad typo!
     
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    This is good information thanks
     
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