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Friday, April 03, 2009
the chilcompton extension
1.4.09 (Jeremy Woodrow)
2.4.09 (Jeremy Woodrow)
Two superb shots courtesy of Jeremy showing the amazing progress on the extension - and this was before today's good news! There have been contractors in all week preparing the trackbed.
It's fantastic seeing scenes like this 43 years after the idiotic closure of the railway. It shows just what can be done when you want something hard enough. I can't wait to get down there and see this in the flesh!
Below are two shots from the same area taken by me on 29 August 2006. Whilst this was a lovely quiet country walk I'm sure that walkers can find even better walks in the area, whereas the railway can only really go along this route. Let's hope the locals who did object to the line begin to see its value over the coming years, and perhaps even get involved with restoring more and more of the UK's favourite railway.
To accomodate the walkers, the Trust are putting in an alternative path, just outside the boundary fence (on the valley side of the line). The new path is clayey at present, having only been scraped today, but scalpings and a proper post and wire fence will be installed over the spring/summer (as fast as they can do it). This alternative path therefore by-passes the trackbed, as far as the end of the ‘phase 1’ works. This path will then be extended as they move on to the next phase(s), as they want to keep the walkers ‘on board’.