Rhiw Valley Light Railway
Proposed site of new bridge over the River RhiwThe lower extension proposed site of cutting and tunnelThe lower extension proposed site of viaduct alongside the River RhiwWhipsnade Signal Box. Almost certainly an LNWR Type 4Manning Wardle 2-6-2 LEW general arrangement

The Future

There are several projects planned over the next few years amongst them are:

Station Waiting Room

We are planning to build a waiting room in the style of a LNWR signal box, but quite a bit longer, similar to the one currently on the Whipsnade Railway at Great Whipsnade Station. Check back for drawings and construction photos as the project progresses.

Station track re-design.

We are redesigning the station area to include two platform tracks and the new Station Waiting Room described above. We also plan to retain the current Y loop but to move it to the new platform track. A plan of the proposed new station layout is available to view here.

Lower Extension

We plan to extend the railway towards the Eastern end of Lower House Farm. The line will go behind the large pheasant pen in to a cutting and hopefully tunnel and then it will loop round the lower field towards the river Rhiw where it will turn on to a viaduct and then follow the river to rejoin the current track bed.

This Phase 1 extension is about 500m long.

Upper Extension

We had originally planned to extend the railway over the River Rhiw by means of a new bridge and then add a big one way loop which returns over the same bridge and back along the existing track.

Due to planning and environmental concerns this is now very unlikely to happen and we are looking instead at continuing alongside the river and putting in a run round loop at the top of the farm.

This Phase 2 extension is about 500m. Once this phase of the railway redevelopment is complete then we will have an out and back run of approximately 2 miles.

Google Earth of Proposed Extensions

A google earth file showing the proposed extensions and current route is available to view here.

The current route is marked in blue and white and the proposed extensions are in yellow and red.

New Carriages

We plan to add to our rolling stock with the aim of being able to run two rakes of coaches. The decision will be made soon as to whether these should be 5m bogie coaches or 3m 4 wheeled coaches. Watch this space for the decision and eventually drawings and photos of their construction.

New Loco

The Rhiw Valley Light Railway have started a project to build a new loco to accompany our already existing engines, for more details please see The Rhiw Project.