HAMPTON LOADE PADDOCK RAILWAY
NEWS

26-11-2017

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death at the age of 75 of Malcolm Whittaker.

Malcolm had been involved with the railway from its earliest times over 30 years ago and became the well known public face of the railway meeting and greeting visitors from his regular position by the gate. Malcolm was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year but despite a brave fight passed away on 25th November.

Our thoughts are with Judy, Paul and Vicky.

15-10-2017 - End of Season Announcement

In order to start our programme of winter maintenance the last running day of 2017 will be Sunday 29th October. We will post our intended re-opening date early in the New Year.

10-04-2017 - Eggstra Running for Easter

Over the Easter weekend we will be operating the paddock railway on both Sunday 16th April and Monday 19th April.

Why not stop by at Hampton Loade and see our minature steam locos in operation

13-03-2017 - SVR Spring Gala Extra Running

To coincide with the Severn Valley Railway's Spring Gala, we will be operating the paddock railway on both Saturday 18th March and Sunday 19th March.

Why not stop by at Hampton Loade and see our minature steam locos in operation

30-10-2016 - Extra Running

To conincide with the Severn Valley Railway's Season Finale Gala, we will be operating the paddock railway on both Saturday 5th November and Sunday 6th November.

20-05-2016 - Extra Running

To celebrate the Whitsun Bank Holiday Weekend, we will be operating the paddock railway on both Sunday 29th May and Monday 30th May.

12-03-2016 - Extra Running

To conincide with the Severn Valley Railway's Spring Gala, we will be operating the paddock railway on both Saturday 19th March and Sunday 20th March.

We will also be operating on both Easter Sunday 27th March and Monday 28th March

There will also be normal operation on Sunday 13th March

24-01-2016

Over the last two weekends the lads working on the track have completed the total relay of the viaduct section and also modified the layout at the end of the viaduct where new sidings have been laid to serve the ballast hopper. There was even time to run two diesels to test the layout.

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10-01-2016 - Working Party

A fine but cold Sunday allowed much progress to be made.

A section of the viaduct was re-felted as a temporary measure following water penetration of the baseboard allowing a large amount of the trackwork to be relaid to a new layout which increases the length of the storage loops. The track was also laid on the newly constructed viaduct extension creating 3 new lengths of storage sidings.

The entrance gate was prepared for repainting and preservative was applied to a length of the fencing which separates the picnic lawn from the SVR tracks.

The roof over the steaming up area has deteriorated to such an extent that it will now have to be re-roofed and proposals for this work which will have to be carried in the next few weeks were drawn up.

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20-12-2015 - Maintenance

Work continued on relaying the track, re-erecting posts for the new entrance gate, the roof to the operating area received it’s annual clean, the construction for the new sidings was completed and there was even time for some gardening.

From everybody at the Paddock "Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year"

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13-12-2015 - Maintenance and Celebrations

Despite miserable weather a large number of members turned out today to undertake maintenance tasks on the railway.

Several section of track were lifted to allow the installation of new points and to create better alignment, work continued on the viaduct section to create additional sidings for the outer line and the entrance gateway where the timber was found to be rotting was dismantled.

We even found time to celebrate Malcolm's 75th Birthday

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14-11-2015 - End of Season Announcement

Our final running for 2015 will be on Sunday 29th November.

We shall be doing some alteration to the track on the viaduct from December 6th Onwards.

Keep an eye on our website for announcements about running in 2016