The Vintage Train Project

The Vintage Train Project

The Swindon & Cricklade Railway’s Vintage Train Project is restoring a group of historic railway carriages with the object of re-creating typical passenger journeys of around one hundred years ago.

Most heritage railways rely heavily on ex-British Railways coaching stock, and these will certainly provide an authentic experience from the days of the steam-hauled railway. However, there is now a realisation that many visitors want to look further into the past.

From the heritage railway viewpoint, trains of vintage passenger stock are an additional way of offering ‘living history’ from a still earlier age, with educational as well as leisure advantages.

The Vintage Train Project operates with a group of Swindon & Cricklade Railway members within the Railway’s facilities. It is supported by the Railway, and also seeks to attract its own Grant Aid funding and individual donations.

These pages report the progress being made with each of the vehicles in our care, with notes on their original use and the circumstances of their being acquired by the Project.

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Luggage Brake No 422

Cambrian Railways No 110

North London Railway No 111

Taff Vale Railway No73

Cambrian Railways No 104

Great Western Toplight No 7545