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This photograph was taken during an official inspection of the line by Railway Paths Ltd; members of the public should keep away for their own safety.
It is interesting that the feasibility study apparently does not cover the section between the Nuclear Power Station siding and Trawsfynydd station yard.Our correspondent remarks: 'Must say I am surprised they aren't selling.Maybe people don't want to take on the business side of it. Regular readers of these pages will recognise 'Great Elm to Frome' as describing the missing section of Colliers Way (NCN24), which is needed to link Frome properly (by railway path) to Radstock, Midsomer Norton, Wellow, Midford and Bath.(Graeme Bickerdike and Keith Holliday)November 2017. However, this trade did not last very long, and the tramway ended up carrying coal, timber and fish (presumably inwards) until 1914.After that, a few sections of the route were used in the 1920s, but by the 1930s only a single wagon remained in use.(Ivor Sutton)Above: The photographer took this to be the former station house at Draycott, which was the station immediately south-east of Cheddar on the former line from Yatton to Cheddar, Wells, Shepton Mallet and Witham Friary.
He must be correct, for the stonework and decorative features are pure Bristol & Exeter Railway, and can be seen on all the company's surviving stations, such as Sandford & Banwell, Axbridge and Cheddar.
The line runs along a 2 mile ledge high above Cwm Prysor with incredible views and the curved Cwm Prysor viaduct near the summit will be the cream on the cake!
A Transport &Works Order may be necessary to re-acquire land for the route. The ¾ mile branch line from Burlescombe, on the West of England main line, to the nearby monster quarry at Westleigh is owned by Aggregate Industries, who have created a permissive path along the old trackbed.
The canopy over the entrance door is almost identical to that on the lamp room at Sandford & Banwell.
An extension to the Strawberry Line multi-use trail may pass here in the future: for further details, see the story below. (Ben Brooksbank used under the terms of this Creative Commons licence) October 2017. John Grimshaw is perhaps best known for having founded Sustrans back in the 1970s.
His new path-building charity is called 'Greenways and Cycleroutes Ltd' and, as we have reported before, it specialises in delivering routes which previously have proved 'intractable'.