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.