|The Colne Valley Railway|
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|The Colne Valley Railway is mostly in Castle Hedingham, but can be included here because its track does just extend into Great Yeldham.
The Colne Valley Railway is a preservation project built on the trackbed of the Colne Valley and Halstead Railway. The original railway became part of the L.N.E.R in 1923 and then British Railways in 1948. It closed in 1964 and was allowed to become overgrown with trees and scrub.
In 1972 local enthusiasts formed the Colne Railway Preservation Society, aiming to rebuild as much as possible of the Railway on about 1 mile of the original track bed. The track is laid and there are now two platforms with authentic station buildings, loading bay, signal box, signals and much other railway equipment.
15 December 2005 - start of a new era for the CVR. After much hard work by the volunteers it was announced that they had been awarded £1
million by the National Lottery Board to purchase the line from the retiring owners. This will keep the future of the CVR secure in a trust for
perpetuity, allowing for much needed future expansion of the storage sidings and may lead to expansion of the line towards Halstead. The
Lottery Award was made in recognition of the valuable educational work of the CVR, encouraging young people to to take an interest in things
practical and mechanical.
OPEN DAYS. The Railway is not open to the public every day. For the complete programme of
open days visit their web site: timetable