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LOST VILLAGE OF IMBER BLOG AUGUST 2021
by Henry Allum
Day 1 -
We arrived in Swindon and transferred to Cirencester
for free-time and had an evening tour and tasting at the
renowned real ale Coriniom micro-brewery, and then returned
to Swindon where we were free to dine at leisure.
Day 2 - Coate Water Miniature Railway
We had a private visit to Coate Water Minature railway with a
variety of locos running including this American Mikado No.
1942 "Screaming Eagle". The railway is approximately a mile in
length and winds its way around a section of the country park
through tunnels and up steep gradients.
Day 2 - Somerset & Dorset Railway at Midsomer Norton
Another private charter was organised on the Somerset & Dorset
Railway along with lunch in their buffet car. Working
the train was this unusual Sentinel Vertical Boilered Steam
Loco No. 7109 "Joyce".
Day 3 - The Lost Village of Imber and Imber Bus Rally
The Annual Imber Bus rally which gives the bus passengers a race chance to visit The Lost Village of Imber.
After taking the train from Salisbury to
Warminster we were met with a variety of London Buses past and
present outside Warminster Railway Station. The bus journey to
Imber took us over the scenic Salisbury Plane to Imber and on
the Gore Cross Bus Station which is only there once a year!
From Gore Cross buses run to a few of the other surrounding
villages including Chitterne where the picture below was
Day 4 - Dean Forest Railway
A day of steam on the Dean
Forest Railway which saw Great Western Railway Small Prairie
No. 5541 working trains on the attractive line through the
Forest of Dean recalling the days of the Great Western rural
Day 5 - STEAM Museum, Swindon
A museum situated in part of the old Swindon
Locomotive Works. A variety of Great Western Steam Locomotives
are on display and the museum not just tells the story of the
locomotives and trains but the people of Swindon and the Great
Following our customer questionnaire's and our independent customer review site Feefo, The Lost Village of Imber tour was a great success.