The Branch Line Society


Fancott Railway
Saturday 12th April 2014

To complement the LBR fixture 37 participants were then treated to a series of remarkably comprehensive tours at this nearby self-styled Britain’s last pub railway. A 10¼” gauge line ran from 1975 to 1986. It reopened in 1996 at 7¼” gauge and was lifted in 2001; then re-laid to a new layout in 2002 forming the basis of the present one which has been altered several times since and is now a quarter of a mile run. Haulage was available from all three diesel locomotives and the party was the first to traverse the steaming bay branch as far as the elevated section. At Fancott Station, all the various connections crossovers, loops and rare track were covered including to the three ends of lines in the locomotive and carriage shed and also a recently installed line from platform 2 which will lead to a new locomotive shed. Unusual directionality was included for good measure. Everyone here was most friendly during the two hour visit and nothing was too much trouble.