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Bris­tol: The city coun­cil in­tends to ter­mi­nate the lease on the Ashton Court Minia­ture Rail­way at the end of the year, so that it can use the space for other at­trac­tions on the pub­lic es­tate. The rail­way has been op­er­ated by the Bris­tol So­ci­ety of Model & Ex­per­i­men­tal En­gi­neers since 1972.

Cran­more: The East Som­er­set Rail­way is con­struct­ing a sec­ond plat­form and wait­ing shel­ter at its head­quar­ters sta­tion.

Did­cot: Vol­un­teers from the Swin­don & Crick­lade Rail­way have col­lected an­other two miles of track, in­clud­ing five points, from Did­cot Power Sta­tion A for its new north­ern ex­ten­sion closer to Crick­lade.

Mid­somer Nor­ton: Res­ig­nalling will al­low the Som­er­set & Dorset Her­itage Trust to have dou­ble­track run­ning next year. It is cur­rently re­lay­ing a quar­ter of a mile of track to­wards Chilcomp­ton.

Old Oak Com­mon: A plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion is ex­pected to be sub­mit­ted next March for the new in­ter­change sta­tion for HS2 and the Great Western Main Line. It will have eight plat­forms, one less than once sug­gested, and open in 2026.

Old Oak Com­mon: The for­mer Heavy Main­te­nance fa­cil­ity at Great Western Rail­way’s west Lon­don de­pot was de­mol­ished at the end of Au­gust. Home to a wheel lathe, the fa­cil­ity closed ear­lier this year. GWR will cease us­ing Old Oak Com­mon in

De­cem­ber, with the site be­ing re­placed by an HS2 sta­tion.

Sharp­ness: The Vale of Berke­ley Rail­way has been told it must raise £ 250,000 to se­cure a 99- year­lease on the 4½ - mile freight branch from Net­work Rail. It also needs to raise money for a new shed at Old­min­ster, run- round loop, and plat­forms at New­town and Berke­ley.

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