Miniature railway in Coventry reopens after forced closure

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A popular miniature railway line reopens after months of inactivity.

The Coventry Bridge View Light Railway (BVLR) is a seven-and-a-quarter inch miniature railway built along the bank of the Sowe at Baginton.

After a few hectic years, the volunteer-run project will reopen on Saturday September 25th.

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It’s a particularly exciting time for train enthusiasts, as volunteers unveil a brand new updated track, which is now twice as long as before.

The Bridge View Light Railway (BVLR) was built by a group of enthusiasts and volunteers in 2018.

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The railroad is based on the grounds of the Russells Garden Center in Baginton, and the grand opening will unveil new features.

It’s also a community project, and helps promote engineering and learning to young people locally, among other benefits.

In addition, it has an impressive fleet of engines, including one that once belonged to former Prime Minister David Lloyd George and which operated on the Langton House private miniature railway.

The extension of the railway required a building permit, and once granted earlier this summer, work began to prepare it to reopen to the public.

James Cobbett, secretary of the Bridge View Light Railway Group, said: “After a turbulent period over the past two years which has seen a forced closure of the railway at Christmas (for reasons other than Covid), overwhelming local support allowed us to not just reopen, but build it twice as long.

“We are organizing a grand reopening to include the official opening of the completed track layout.”

Volunteers worked on the tracks all summer.

A gift shop is available on-site for visitors, and each journey costs £ 1.50.

The grand reopening of the Bridge View Light Railway will take place from 11:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Learn more on the event’s Facebook page here.

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