The Gartell Light Railway
Gartell Light Railway
The Gartell Light Railway is a brilliant 2ft gauge line that runs for approximately
one mile through the beautiful Somerset countryside.
The line is built on part of the original Somerset & Dorset Railway .
The line runs from the substantial main station of Common Lane (built just off the S&D) to Park Lane.
The passing point on the line is Pinesway Junction where you can alight for the lakeside picnic area.
The line carries on for roughly, another two thirds of a mile to Park Lane where the loco runs round before returning to Common Lane.
The line only operates on occasions, please visit the website for more info!
From Common Lane the line runs over a level crossing and then twists under a bridge (which will carry a new extension).
The other side of the bridge the line swings to the left and the engine has to tackle the gruelling 1 in 32 gradient to Pinesway Junction.
From Pinesway the line runs virtually in a straight line to Park Lane.
There are negotiations going on to get an extension towards Templecombe.
The extention will run for about 200yrds to a new halt which will be called Tower view, as Alfreds Tower is visable from this point!
Operateing days: Special running days, sundays throughout August.
Line Length: 3/4 of a mile.
- North Dorset loco works 0-4-2T No.6 Mr. G
- Alan White/GLR 0-4-0TT No.9 Jean
- Alan Keef 0-4-0DH No.5 Allison
- Bo-BoDH No.1 Amanda
- Baguley Drewry 0-4-0 No.2 Andrew
Track plan of Common Lane station:
Numerbers on map correspond to the numbers below:
- Entrance over footbridge
- Gift shop and N gauge railway
- Outside seating area with table benches
- The Pines function room/Restraunt/Tickets
- Locomotive sheds
- Waiting room on Platform 2
- Carriage shed
- Common Lane Signal Box
- Grass area with Benches
- Car Park
Here is one of my own videos from youtube of the GLR, showing the steam and Vintage show last year (2009)!