Lilleshall & Muxton Scouts – Sleep out

Friday 1st July saw Spring Village station turn into a box city as Lilleshall and Muxton Scouts used the platform for a sponsored rough sleep to raise funds for the Salvation Army KIP Project (, who provide support to homeless people in Telford and Wrekin.

While on site the group took the time to do some weeding on the platform and, after a quick safety briefing about walking line side, went for a walk along the line from Spring Village to Horsehay & Dawley to pick up litter.


To finish the evening the group were taken for a gentle stroll up the 1 in 40 gradient on the line up Heath Hill, before passing through the tunnel and onwards to the buffer stops at Lawley Village.


Braving unexpected rain on the way back, the group dried out and warmed up with hot chocolate and cake in the Toad brake van before settling down for the night.

cardboard box sleepover 2016 033cardboard box sleepover 2016 034cardboard box sleepover 2016 035cardboard box sleepover 2016 036

Despite a few rain showers overnight everyone slept through until 5.30am, awoke largely dry and had breakfast of cake and hot chocolate (again!).

20160702_061650 20160702_063606 20160702_063239 20160702_062953 20160702_062049 20160701_222631 20160702_054724 20160702_055041 20160702_060857 20160701_185809 20160701_185740 20160701_185605 20160701_185555

We would like to thank the scouts for the work they did whilst visiting, and praise them for their excellent behaviour (and not stepping on the sleepers or rails!) whilst line side.