Project information

Return to Cricklade

A Heritage railway that has been running for 40 years have launched a major fundraising appeal to allow it to finally “Return to Cricklade”. The Swindon and Cricklade Railway are working towards finally joining both towns in its name together nearly 60 years after the track was removed.

February 2018 - December 2020

Charity information: Swindon And Cricklade Railway

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  • Need


    The Swindon And Cricklade Railway is celebrating it's 40th Anniversary this year and to celebrate this we our launching our "Return to Cricklade" appeal.

    The Project is estimated to cost £2.5 million which will include all the track, station buildings and a new bridge at Farfield lane.

    The previous rail bridge at Farfield lane was demolished and needs replacing. This will be no easy feat in itself and is one of the huge stopping blocks preventing our extension to Cricklade.


    Our project will solve the problem by replacing the old bridge foundations with a new bridge suitable for loads required. Our project will also help us extend all the way to Cricklade town and allow regular steam and diesel hauled trips from Swindon to Cricklade!

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To reinstate the bridge and build a halt at Farfield lane, this is estimated to cost over £250,000


    » By extending the current railhead to Farfield lane and re-instating the bridge.

    What success will look like

    By taking regular progress pictures to share with the public and by eventually running trains to Farfield lane halt.

    Aim 2

    Extend from Farfield lane Halt to Cricklade


    » Extend the line and build a brand new station facility at Cricklade.

    What success will look like

    By taking regular progress pictures to share with the public and by running trains to Cricklade town centre.

  • Impact


    The long term changes will allow visitors and tourists to travel between Swindon and Cricklade on a heritage railway, something that has not been achieved in Wiltshire thus far.

    It will benefit both towns of Swindon and Cricklade by boosting tourism and footfall.


    Risks can vary, but the main one is the cost of the extension. If we aren't successful in making our target, then the planned date of 2020, will continue to extend until we reach our goal.


    Regular email newsletter, Updates on Social media platforms an in national press.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £2,500,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £500,000 Bridge Bridge for Farfield lane
      £750,000 Station Cricklade Station
      £100,000 Station Halt Station Halt for Farfield lane
      £80,000 Brick Culvert New brick culvert by the bridge
      £150,000 Ballast 7500 tonnes of Ballast for the trackbed
      £88,000 Rail 1760 yards of Rail for trackbed
      £12,000 Sleepers 600 Concrete sleepers
      £820,000 MIsc Fish plates, Drainage, level crossings, clips, points, fencing, drainage, transport
  • Background


    The Swindon & Cricklade Railway Preservation Society was formed by a group of enthusiasts in November 1978 to reconstruct and preserve a section of the Midland & South Western Junction Railway that ran from Andover, Hampshire, to Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.


    The local communities and future generations of Wiltshire and the surrounding areas.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our Charity will be the only Heritage Railway in the country able to link Swindon and Cricklade in this way.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Adrian Thompson

    Please contact Adrian Thomspon for Press details and to hear more about the project! email:


£250,000 will help us complete phase one!