NEW STEAM RAILWAY FOR LONDON
London looks set to have a new preserved railway with planning permission granted for a line at Crossness Pumping Station. A half-mile railway, to 18in gauge, is proposed to transport visitors from the entrance and car park to the restored Victorian industrial building in Thamesmead. It would be operated by a locomotive that once worked in the area - Avonside oil-fired 0-4-0T Woolwich, which ran at Woolwich Arsenal and was later preserved at the Bicton Woodland Railway. Now owned by the Royal Gunpowder Mills, it was loaned to Crossness for restoration in 2011.