Published: 20th June 2014
Twelve scouts from the 2nd Saltash Tamar Scout Troop recently gave up part of their weekend to undertake hard graft at the Bodmin And Wenford Railway for their Heritage Badge. A little used siding at Walker Lines had become severely overgrown with brambles, nettles, ferns, buddleia and sundry other vegetation, some of it six feet high. A special train of diesel shunter and brake vans moved them from Bodmin General station to Walker Lines, and our gallant scouts set to with bags of energy and enthusiasm. Many hours and a large bonfire later, part of the site was transformed.
Martyn Blackwell, Chief Mechanical Engineer of the Bodmin And Wenford Railway and driver of the special train was delighted with the result. Keith Child, the Scout Leader, said: "Our Scouts have had a great time today, as all Scouts do when a bonfire is required. They have rightfully earned their Heritage Badge. We have all had our eyes opened to see how much heritage sites such as the Bodmin & Wenford Railway rely heavily on volunteers. Without them the railway would cease to run."