Our Community Group
Bridge View Light Railway (BVLR) is an exciting, volunteer run, not-for-profit, community project with aims of building and operating a heritage themed miniature railway along the beautiful riverbank of the Sowe in Baginton Village.
The Group’s objectives are to promote an inclusive and engaging social members group based around the aspects of, and disciplines in engineering and miniature railway operations as its bases, including the wider landscaping, conservation and social aspects surrounding the railway. All this whilst continually providing a timeless, exciting community amenity for all ages to enjoy.
OUR STORY SO FAR
The project, originally thought-up back in January 2018, was inspired by a small group of enthusiasts, engineers and local community leaders who saw an opportunity to save an existing miniature railway from closure, and use it to build the foundations of a unique community project for all ages to enjoy.
Since its inception, the project has attracted new members from all walks of life, including juniors under 16 years old, working professionals, and many of whom who are retired. We meet most weekends from Spring through Summer and can often been seen in the week too if the weather is good! Interest in membership is growing and we usually have a series of ‘open events’ to generate further interest.
So far, the project has relied heavily on the generosity of Russells Garden Centre, who to date have offered the land to site the railway and assisted in the ground works. In addition, we have acquired several containers and cabins to re-purpose from the closure of a previous railway. Further funding is provided by members through occasional donation and the loan of their own tools and equipment during meets. In addition, we have applied for grant donations and have planned public running days which draws a modest revenue from train rides and shop sales, whilst the site develops.
There’s still plenty to do! We need to carry out constant track maintenance, complete the main station and access routes, improve the storage yard and train shed, purchase new engines and rolling stock, restore a couple of full-size grounded wagons, landscaping and conservation.
Why not get involved?
Click on the 'Become a Volunteer' button/menu item for more information.