Wickham Trolley and trailer complete at Somerset and Dorset Railway

Wickham trolley and trailer
Credit: SDJR

The Somerset and Dorset railway has announced that the Wickham trolley restoration is now complete.

Recently, there has been a concerted effort to complete the restoration of Type 27A Wickham trolley B40W.

These motorised trolleys were used by permanent way gangs from 1948 onwards to travel over the sections of railway line that they were responsible for maintaining and inspecting.

It’s recommissioning started with a number of short-distance runs within the limits of the station yard.

It was then driven along the full length of the running line where operational tests were conducted including brake testing.

The trailer is a refurbished Permquip trolley which can be semi-permanently coupled to the Wickham to carry tools and equipment.

What did the officials say?

Trustee Brian Litherland who is a member of the volunteer track gang says

The Somerset and Dorset Heritage Railway is always looking for volunteers for all departments including building maintenance, gardening, catering, retail and administration. Come and see what is happening at the Silver Street Station on our Volunteers weekend of the 3rd and 4th of August.

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