Wan­lock­head ex­ten­sion starts

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Work to ex­tend the Lead­hills & Wan­lock­head Rail­way to its tar­get vil­lage of Wan­lock­head started in Au­gust. The quar­ter-mile ex­ten­sion will boost its sta­tus as Bri­tain’s high­est ad­he­sion nar­row gauge rail­way from 1,365ft above sea level to 1,531ft. Vol­un­teers are dig­ging test pits to as­cer­tain drainage re­quire­ments be­fore track lay­ing starts. Built on the trackbed of a light rail­way op­er­ated by the Cale­do­nian Rail­way un­til 1938, the Lowthers Rail­way So­ci­ety an­tic­i­pates open­ing the ex­ten­sion in 2020.

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