Welcome to the Rudloe and environs website.


Here you will find news, articles and photos of an area that straddles the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in north-west Wiltshire.


Contributions in the form of articles or photos are welcome. Even those with completely contrary views to mine!


Thanks to the website builder 1&1 and Rob Brown for the original idea.


Rudloescene now, in January 2014, has a sister, academic rather than anarchic, website about Box history here: http://www.boxpeopleandplaces.co.uk/

It contains thoroughly professional, well-researched articles about Box and its people.


Contact rudloescene through the 'Contact' page.


Was planning to go to the Watercress Line but chose the Great Western Society's Didcot Railway Centre instead for this 24th March 2024 outing. The title picture shows a CWS tanker on the lines leading to the centre. The Prince of Wales, opposite Didcot Parkway station, provided the finale to the trip with a couple of pints each of Abbot and Flint Eye.

A Freightliner goods waiting for the 'right away' on the central tracks at Swindon Station
See the subscript - a Genesee & Wyoming Company (American of course). At Chippenham earlier, another freight passed behind a Colas engine. Colas is a French company.
Couldn't resist this piece from this week's Private Eye. Our governments (not the EU!) have sold our country down the river. The list could, of course, also have included our football clubs (management and players are mostly 'foreign' too).
Gas turbine locomotive no. 18000, Brush diesel no. 31 270 and 2-8-0 prairie tank no. 5227 in the yard at Didcot
The 'See it. Say it. Sorted.' nonsense pervades our senses through announcements on trains and at stations. This baloney is a consequence of three of our benighted brethren using enormous rucksacks to carry bombs.

And the railway nonsense continues with three announcements on the stairs leading to platform 4 (and maybe on other platforms too) at Swindon station: "When on the stairs, please use the handrail and take care" (three times in different voices). For Christ's sake, we can't even use the bloody stairs without being assailed by patronizing, nanny state announcements.

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