Wickham Weekender 2024

6th Jul 2024

 

Tickets available soon.

On Saturday July 6th and Sunday July 7th we'll  once again be running our popular Wickham Weekender featuring at least 2 Wickham Trolleys - a different way to experience the restored line and great fun. We'll have our resident Type 27A (B 40W) and a welcome return of the smaller Type 8S (Works No. W4165) from the Vale of Berkeley Railway. There is some more information below on the background for both these fascinating vehicles.

Important note regarding the smaller Type 8S trolley - please note adult passengers only due to the capacity of just one in addition to the driver.  No such restriction applies to the larger Type 27A trolley which can accommodate up to 6 passengers.

The station shop, buffet serving hot & cold drinks & snacks, and second hand Emporium will be open.

Tickets available soon.

Email [email protected] for more information.

 

Dates for Wickham Weekender 2024

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6th Jul 2024
7th Jul 2024

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!

Wickham Trolley Type 8S. Works No.4165 – brief historical notes.

 

    Originally shipped to BR(W) from the Wickham Factory at Ware in 1948. Acquired by P. D. Nicholson from

    BR Bangor plant/pw depot 1977.

Moved with several other Wickhams of differing types to the yard of T. Glyn Williams & Co, Blaenau Ffestiniog Industrial Estate – adjacent to Gloddfa Ganol tourist attraction, Oakeley Quarry, Blaenau Ffestiniog. As far as is known it was never placed on public display but kept in a secure compound.

Later moved to storage at the narrow gauge Vobster Light Railway, Somerset. Then to Radstock (North Somerset Railway project) and from there to storage at a non-public area at Cranmore, East Somerset Railway with other small items of stock as part of the agreement with the Frome-Radstock project. However, 4165 was not off loaded from the lorry on arrival as the owner of the vehicle said he’d like to have it in his works in Shepton Mallet ‘to get it working’. Wickham 4165 lingered on in Alan Connock’s engineering works, standing up against the wall, untouched for many years.

In 2017 agreement was reached with Andrew Woodhall and Peter Bennett of the Vale of Berkeley Railway project at Sharpness, for its long-term loan and eventual use in return for a full, accurate restoration.

This every extensive and very high standard restoration was completed in 2018.

4165 visited Midsomer Norton during last year’s first Wickham Weekender event and we are pleased to confirm its return. Sadly, owner Peter Nicholson passed away in October last year, however Peter’s grandson Joshua Brinsford has taken over his collection and we are grateful to him and to the Vale of Berkeley Railway for making this visit happen.

Wickham Trolley Type 8S W4165
Peter Bennett