Explore industrial archaeology on the Coley branch line

Coley branch line bridge

The Berkshire Industrial Archaeology Group (BIAG) are organising a walk along the Coley branch line on Saturday 15 October.

The day will start with a bus ride from the town centre to Coley Park where the walk along the disused branch line begins. After a group lunch in Reading, the railway theme continues into the afternoon with a visit to the On Track exhibition at Reading Museum.

Museum - On Track

The walk is open to non-members and if you would like to join the walk please contact the organiser at contact@biag.org.uk, as places are limited. There is no fee for the event, but bus fares and refreshments are at participants’ own expense.

BIAG describes itself in these words:

The group aims to encourage a wider appreciation of industrial archaeology and act as a stimulant to the study of the area’s industrial heritage, often little known even to local inhabitants and frequently disappearing without adequate recording as the years slip by.

BIAG has an annual programme of talks and events, a newsletter, and also undertakes industrial archaeology projects such as documenting the Dymore Brown Brewery buildings on East Street and the Reading bus Depot on Mill Lane, before they were demolished.

The annual membership fee to join BIAG is £20, which gives free admission to the talks programme held at St Mary’s Church Hall, Castle Street, RG1 7RD.


Links

  1. Berkshire Industrial Archaeology Group
  2. BIAG Autumn Walk flyer
  3. Description of industrial archaeology (wikipedia)
  4. Reading’s Lost Railway
  5. Then and now. The Central Goods Yard
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