Wickham Trolley Ready for Action
Barrie Papworth
FROM 02 Jun

Wickham Wednesdays

2nd Jun 2021

A new experience for 2021 - starting on June 2nd we're introducing a series of "Wickham Wednesdays". For the first time, we're offering rides over the full length of our operating line in our superbly restored Wickham Trolley. This will give passengers a unique view of what has been achieved so far in restoring the S&D towards Chilcompton.

Rides will take place from 10 am to approximately 3.30 pm dependent on demand. The return trip takes approximately 20 minutes. Tickets will be available to purchase online and on the day at the station. Price £5.00 for up to 2 people; for larger groups up to 4 additional seats can be purchased (ie maximum 6 in total) for £2 each. People booking a ride must be traveling as a family group.

Contact  [email protected]  for more information.

 

Dates for Wickham Wednesdays

SWIPE

2nd Jun 2021
28th Jul 2021
4th Aug 2021
11th Aug 2021
18th Aug 2021
25th Aug 2021
1st Sep 2021
Near Completion
Barrie Papworth

Wickham Trolley B40W - historical and technical notes

These vehicles were mainly used for track inspection purposes and the one we have (a Type 27A) was originally supplied by D Wickham & Co Ltd to BR Western Region, Oxford in 1956. It was allocated to various localities, mainly in Wales,  until sold by BR in 1986. There then followed spells at the Narrow Gauge Railway Centre of North Wales, storage at Nuneaton, and then in 2011 to a new private owner in Dorset. Finally moved to Midsomer Norton in 2016 in "kit form" to undergo full restoration which was completed in 2019. Originally powered by a Ford 10hp engine it now uses the engine from a Reliant Robin! These trolleys were no stranger to the S&D and the last railway vehicle to be removed from Evercreech Junction was a Wickham!