Project information

The "Barn" Project

The "Barn" project has been undertaken by a group within the steam loco dept to help rebuild a donated barn from a farm in Wiltshire. The reconstruction of the barn will take place in Blunsdon station car park and the area around it will be used to maintain and prep the current loco fleet.

January 2017 - April 2018

Charity information: Swindon And Cricklade Railway

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  • Need


    Currently, our members have to walk or travel to our main Engine shed and workshops to maintain and prep our fleet of heritage steam and Diesel Locomotives. Space is always paramount and often projects are placed on hold until space becomes available.

    Also there can be difficulties with prepping locos as wood and coal are often delivered to Blunsdon, a mile away from Hayes Knoll Shed.


    The "Barn" project, will give us a new space to help prep and maintain our locomotive fleet and also allow use of the area to undertake heavy lifting of bogies/frames/boilers etc.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Construct the main barn structure


    » Use existing materials to rebuild the barn in it's new location

    Once the barn is constructed, we will show it in use with Locomotives.

    Aim 2

    Workshop area


    » Add a concrete floor adjacent to the barn to make an adequate workshop and prep space
    » Restore workshop machinery that has been purchased or kindly donated.

    Allow workshop tours to members of the public to see our achievements.

  • Impact


    The long term changes will be:

    Easier access for staff,
    Prep locomotives efficiently,
    Allow members to learn new skills - boilerwork/machining etc.


    Adverse weather has already affected us. The current floor of the project is muddy and full of hardcore as the area was previously marshland many years ago.

    We have dealt with this by securing the beams of the structure with concrete pads for us to at least have a roof over our heads! Once up, we can then work on the dry ground to create stability and a clean working area.


    Emails, regular updates in the Swindon and Cricklade Railway Magazine.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £3,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,160 Concrete floor Concrete flooring for workshop
      £260 hand tools bolts/rivets/guttering
      £380 Tin roofing Tin roofing to replace existing rotten/damaged panels
      £600 Lighting and electricals Lighting and electricals to power barn and workshop area
      £300 fencing fence panels for safety betwen Barn and The River Ray
      £300 Paint Paint protection for the barn and workshop area
  • Background


    The Barn will be located in Blunsdon Carpark at the Swindon and Cricklade Railway, wiltshire's only standard gauge heritage railway. It used to be part of the former MSWJR and the GWR


    Local community will benefit from this by being able to see projects that are actively being worked on.

    Also members of the railway will be able to use the facilities to further their skills within loco restoration and maintenance if they so wish.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have completed a number of projects from scratch, the railway itself being one of them!

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Allan Bott

    Main admin person, works behind the scenes using social media to promote the railway. And also a full time member of the loco dept.

    Aarun Webb

    Champion tea-maker! But also a hard worker within the project, using his expert project planning skills to help us move forward.

    Adam Tomes

    Grafter of the project! Uses his skills to help drive the re-build forward.

    Paul Tomes

    Grafter of the project! Uses his skills to help drive the re-build forward.