13. Savernake Summit

Description:

As you travel further you come upon the summit tunnel for the canal. The railway crosses over at this stage so that Savernake summit GWR station (as was) sits on the top of the tunnel and the line has a short sharp ascent at 1 in 106 to avoid the obstacle. Again it is difficult to imagine a busy junction station (for the GWR Marlborough branch) as you look down from the road overbridge at the far end of the site:

although the sight and sound of a single Class 59 bringing a 4000 tonne train past the grass track, which used to be the GWR branch to Marlborough, and over the summit from the west is a vivid reminder of the here and now:

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