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Make your way to Gotherington and you’ll find this delightful little locomotive operating with a brake van along the private siding in what used to be the station yard. It is a Robert Stephenson & Hawthorns 0-4-0ST that used to work at Earley power station near Reading, but is presented as identical Great Western no. 1144 which used to shunt at Swansea Docks.
For the first time. Bryan Nicholls - owner of the former
Gotherington station and yeard - is opening his garden to the
Please note that the platform at Gotherington Halt is very
short. Please alight from the train from the
front two carriages only!
You can enjoy the idyllic Cotswold surroundings of the station
(which British Railways closed way back in 1955) and the wide range
of railway artifacts here. This includes his award-winning
'Gotherington West' halt which is a faithful
reproduction of many GWR timber-platform halts on wayside branch
lines, complete with its corrugated-iron 'pagoda' waiting room.
Serving this halt is Bryan's own private siding. And for
the first time, a steam locomotive will be
operating along this short line, with a brake van to ride
in. The locomotive is a Robert Stephenson &
Hawthorne 0-4-0ST (by courtesy of the Gwilli Railway) which is
presented as GWR Swansea Harbour shunter no. 1144.
Adding to the enjoyment is a display of GWR road
vehicles. These are steam driven, in the shape of a former
Great Weastern Railway traction
engine; horse drawn
drays (complete with shire horses) and motor
vehicles. This shows how the Great Western
delivered customers' goods and parcels once they reached their
All events and attractions are included in the entrance
ticket price including rides in the brake van. Please
don't forget that this is Bryan's private home so do please respect
his property. All attractions are subject to availability and late