Project information

Spartan Appeal

In taking the delivery of a new steam locomotive in early December 2014, history was made at the Swindon & Cricklade Railway, as the Railway has never owned it's own steam locomotive, since being formed in 1978.

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Charity information

Swindon And Cricklade Railway

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  • Need


    The Railway now owns it's own steam locomotive, but the hefty price tag of 'Spartan' means that it will take some paying off, which is where this appeal comes in. The Railway also needs to consider it's ten year overhaul which is due in three years time and this will also cost a vast sum of money.


    The Maroon coloured locomotive, Tkh 0-6-0 tank locomotive 3135 'Spartan', was built in 1953 by the Fablok Company in the town of Chzanov, in Poland. It came to the S&CR after a longh spell at the Spa Valley Railway in Kent. The Locomotive has about three years left on it's boiler certificate and will fulfil the Railway's need for an operational Steam locomotive.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Raise money to help pay for Spartan and her ten yearly overhaul


    » Request donations from the public to help the Railway complete this task

    We have "thermometers" around the Railway indicating how much money we have raised so far.

  • Impact


    This will allow Spartan to remain a permanent fixture for years to come.


    Not raising enough money in time, this would mean that the project and the fund raising time scale would be increased.


    Quarterly updates in the Railway Magazine "Tiddlly Dyke" which is available from the Railway Shop

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £60,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £60,000 Cost of Locomotive Cost of Locomotive
  • Background


    The railway's passenger line offers a round trip of over four miles. There are stations at Blunsdon and Hayes Knoll, and extensions towards Cricklade in the north and Swindon in the south.

    Recently, a further extension has been opened to Taw Valley, where we have opened a new station


    Current members of the Railway and also enthusiasts and families around the country. This will allow them to experience a fully working steam locomotive.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Wiltshire's only Heritage Railway. Vintage steam and diesel-hauled trains and DMUs restored and run on a railway built by volunteers.

    We have a track record of restoring and Maintaining Steam and Diesel Locos and dedicated volunteers help keep the Railway running for generations to come.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    The Railway's Trustees And Members

    The Railway's Trustees and Members all play a pivotal part in keeping the Railway running smoothly