HAMPTON LOADE PADDOCK RAILWAY
NEWS

21/05/2018
Whitsun Weekend - Extra Running

Over the Whitsun weekend we will be running on both Saturday 26th May and Sunday 27th May

We Are Open for the 2018 Season

Thanks to a massive effort from all our members, we have beaten both the odds and the bad weather to make sure we will be open for the 2018 season.

Weather permitting we will be running every Sunday throughout the year until late Autumn.

The extensive work done over the summer means both much improved access and viewing for visitors thanks to altered landscaping and fencing as well as much smoother running on the freshly laid tracks.

Winter Break Update Part 4

Work is progressing well thanks to the efforts of all our members and we are on target to be back up and running in time for the SVR Spring Gala

The rotten timber in the steam up area has been fully replaced and covered in felt to protect it from the elements.

Much of the track on the viaduct has been fixed in place.

Castle bridge is back in place having been removed for a fresh coat of paint.

The cutting has been re-landscaped to form a gentler slope to make the task of recovering striken trains a little easier.

There is still some track to be laid and secured on the brand new track bed.

Winter Break Update Part 3

Despite the recent inclement weather, we have only been able to work on 2 of the last 3 Sundays, good progress is now being made on the many tasks that we have to complete before the railway can re-open. However it is now accepted that we will not be able to operate for the February half term holiday because of the work still to be done but we are confident that we will be running for the SVR's Spring Gala in mid March.

In addition to the erection of a canopy to the steam up area, which has been completed, much rotten timber was found in the base of the steam up shed and to the area in front of the shed carrying the track. The photo below shows the start of the rotten timber replacement.

Work has now been completed on the viaduct structure with the replacement of rotten boards with concrete slabs.

Landscaping work has been completed in two areas and some replanting work undertaken.

The mound which supported the track for the "Marmite Train" has been taken down and rebuilt and the track is being modified.

The storage shed roof has been re-felted.

In addition various railway signs are being repainted off site.

Winter Break Update Part 2

Work is now in full swing to get the railway ready for reopening.

The amount of work involved to get the railway ready together with the recent spell of wet and cold weather means that we have much to do..

We had intended to reopen in time for the half term holiday in February but it will take a superhuman effort to meet this deadline. We will be working each Sunday (weather permitting) from now on.

Another section of the viaduct deck is currently being worked on. The timber work to the steaming up area has to be completed. The "Marmite Track" has been dismantled and a new layout has to be built to replace it. There is landscaping work to be carried out and general tidying up to be done.

Winter Break Update



The Paddock Railway is now closed in order for us to complete our programme of winter maintenance. We will post our intended re-opening date early in 2018.

Extensive winter work is now underway including :-

  • The erection of a canopy to the front of the steam up shed and the replacement of rotten timber in front of the shed.
  • Replacement of part of the viaduct track support at the station end.
  • Re-aligning the middle track where it leaves the viaduct.
  • Removal of weeds and old plants ahead of replanting in the spring.

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