Colne Valley Railway

14 September 2003

While Lucy and Henry were winning Best of Breed for the seventh time, at Newmarket, Stephen went for a visit to the
Colne Valley Railway, in Essex south-west of Sudbury.

Approaching from the car park, two views from the same point show some of the range of rolling stock at the railway

The 1200 train from Castle Hedington station waits at platform no. 2

The smart footbridge was originally built by the Great Eastern Railway at Stowmarket in 1898, and dismantled
by British Rail in 1981.

The locomotive runs around at the Nunnery Street loop, currently the southern end of the line

Having travelled to the northern extremity, we arrive back at Castle Hedingham, as the diesel raibus waits at platform no. 1 for the line to become free

Although the line is only a mile long, the fact that the station is in the middle allows for two trains to be in service at once, with one departing platform 2 every fifteen minutes, rather unusual for such a short line.

WD190 was built in 1952 by the Hunslet Engine Company Ltd. of Leeds to the famous austerity saddle tank design. This engine was built for the War Department, and saw service at Long Marston, Bicester and Shoeburyness. After a brief spell at the East Anglian Railway Museum, it became the first locomotive to arrive at the Colne Valley Railway, in September 1973.

After the steam train has departed for the south, the railbus pulls into platform no. 2.

Diesel railcar No. W55033 was originally built for the Western Region of British Railways. It has a driving cab at each end, with only a glass partition between the cab and the passengers, allowing for a wonderful view.

A view through the driver's cab: on the return from Nunnery Street, we await the signal to clear to allow us onto the line for platform 1.

Video of the journey from the northern end of the line back to the station:

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On the return to the station, we pulled right in behind the steam train for the volunteer staff to have a lunchtime break.

Filling up WD190 with water

Brake van 17436, built for the Great Western Railway


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