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Evesham Vale Light Railway
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The Evesham Vale Light Railway was first opened in August 2002. The railway was built by Jim & Helen Shackell, with help from their family and friends, and is run at weekends and school holidays throughout the year.
Trains are usually steam hauled and travel for over a mile through the old apple orchards and around the country park, stopping briefly at Evesham Vale Station. Here you can take a break from your journey to have a picnic, walk to the river Avon or just enjoy the views overlooking some of the most picturesque scenery the Vale of Evesham has to offer.
Trains run from Twyford Station, opposite the country park's main Car Park. The run takes around 10–15 minutes, through the Apple Orchard and around the Balloon Loop to Evesham Vale Station. Here, there is a few minutes break. Passengers can either break their journey here and enjoy a picnic or country walk (returning on a later train), or simply get out for a look at the locomotive. The EVLR staff are always on hand to answer questions. The train then carries on, out of the Balloon Loop, upgrade towards Twyford Station. The locomotive is then turned and run round ready for the next departure.
The railway had four working steam locomotives on my 2011 visit: Barnes Atlantic John, Bassett-Lowke Class 30 Atlantic Count Louis, Severn Lamb 0-6-0STT Dougal and Exmoor 0-4-0STT St Egwin. One loco is under overhaul: 4-6-2 Pacific Prince William. Two other locos remain in storage as eventual restoration projects: US-styled switcher R H Morse and another Exmoor engine.
It was announced in March 2011 that the lease to operate the railway was available for sale. It was taken over by Adrian & Sandra Corke in January 2012.
The rolling stock at December 2012 was:-
No. 312 St Egwin
No. 3 Dougal
No. 32 Count Louis
No. 300 ex-Markeaton Park
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