Sixty years ago the Midland and South-Western Junction Railway route between Cheltenham and Andover Junction closed to traffic.
Although not compteley finished, especially scenically, we have a number of trains ready to run on a tried and tested model railway infrastructure. We will be running the line, as well as our GWR Vale railway, on both Saturday (2nd) and Sunday (3rd) throughout our normal opening hours. This will be the only time in 2021 that members of the public will be able to see this line in action at Pendon.
The independent-minded MSWJR was always a thorn in the side of the GWR and penetrated the heart of GWR territory to reach Southampton. The line was heavily used in both the First and Second World Wars but was run down in the 1950s as it lost traffic to the roads and was closed to passenger traffic in 1961 and progressively to freight traffic with this terminating in 1970. A small section of the railway has been reopened as the heritage Swindon and Cricklade Railway.
You can purchase tickets for the museum either online or at the museum when you visit. Membership of Friends of Pendon includes complimentary access to the musuem whenever it is open. More details here..