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A steam locomotive waiting at Berkeley Station with the driver and a female guard

Outline Plan

We aim to bring heritage trains back to the Vale of Berkeley through a series of well-planned phases. Phase 0 has already happened; we’ve established ourselves at the Old Engine House and set up our admin centre and workshop there.


We are part way through Phase 1 at Oldminster Sidings, with the vegetation cleared, tracks revealed and the all-important lease obtained from Network Rail. You can find more details of Phase 1 on its dedicated page.


Progress beyond this phase is described in Our Vision below.

Infographic describing the main phases of the VoBR Vision

Our Vision

Ultimately our plan is to run trains along the length of the Sharpness branch line, from Sharpness to Berkeley Road, where the branch joins the Gloucester to Bristol main line.


Phase 2 will involve applying for a lease from Network Rail to extend our operations and run trains from Sharpness to Berkeley. Phase 3 will see a replica of Berkeley Station built close to the site of the original.


Phase 4 would see us obtain a lease for the rest of the line up to the site of the old Berkeley Road station. En route there would be a platform for visitors to Cattle Country and finally a park and ride facility close to the A38 for a new Berkeley Road station. This would allow more visitors to explore the Vale of Berkeley by train, reducing the environmental impact of cars on this delightful countryside.  

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