The Wartime Museum
The Swindon & Cricklade Railway is built upon a section of the route of the MSWJ (later GWR) between Andoversford and Andover. Lightly used for most of its life, it saw major activity during World War II, especially in the great run-up to D-Day (June 6th, 1944). Large numbers of troop trains went south to the docks at Southamption with hospital trains returning along the same route.
The Wartime Museum at Blunsdon Station is adjacent to the Whistlestop Cafe - turn left when you have walked over the foot crossing from the car park.
Housed in and around an ex-LNER 12 ton box van bult just after WWII, it contains a number of dioramas, models, posters and military memorabilia from 1914 to the present day. Outside is a display of larger reconstructions, including an Anderson shelterand a WW1 dugout with bunk beds and suchlike.
We are also the Gloucestershire Regiment Re-Enactment Group, 2/5 Bn 49th Division WW2, and also 1 Bn 29th Brigade Korea.
Here (above) are a couple of views from inside the museum, and below, inside and outside the dugout, and inside the Anderson. Lots more to see!
While the museum is open on most weekends and Open Days, it is advisable to check by telephoning (07545 771053) or email email@example.com if you intend to visit on a particular date.
If you have any information relating to the war-time history of this particular line, or the Swindon area in general, then please contact one of the museum officers or other member of the railway. We would love to hear from you!