Diesel Locomotive Driving Experience Courses
01 January 2004
The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway is pleased to announce
a programme of Diesel Locomotive Driving Experience Courses, which
will run on various dates throughout 2004.
These courses are regarded as among the best of their type in
the UK, and with a preserved line of some 9.5 miles, running
through the Cotswolds between Toddington and Cheltenham Racecourse
Stations, plus two different length courses and seven locomotives
to choose from, the railway expects booking to be brisk.
Utilising the GWR's home based restored 'classic diesel heritage
fleet', all our locomotives will be available, and subject to
unforeseen circumstances, will include Class 14 No. D9539, Class 20
No. D8137, Class 24 No. 24081, Class 37 No's. 37215 & 37324,
and Class 47 No's. 47105 & 47376. Additionally, people can
choose shorter distance courses between Toddington and Winchcombe
Stations at £110 per day or the longer Toddington to Cheltenham
section courses at £185 per day. The longer distance courses also
include driving through the 693 yard Greet Tunnel, which is an
experience in itself. Furthermore, we try to make these courses as
realistic as possible, so the locomotive will be hauling 5 or 6
coaches or a 1960's style freight train. Which of these will depend
on the number of preferences expressed on the booking forms.
Booking forms, plus further details, including our free family
ticket offer are available on this website at www.gwsr.com, or can be
obtained by writing to the course co-ordinator, Richard Drewitt,
c/o The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, The Railway Station,
Toddington, Gloucestershire, GL54 5DT.
Bearing in mind most locomotive hauled services have been
removed from the main line, these courses not only provide ideal
opportunities to relive the recent past at 'The Friendly Line in the Cotswolds', but
also to experience a day as a member of the footplate crew, hauling
a real train.
here to visit our Diesel Driving Experience web page, where
there are full details including booking forms.
You can contact
the course co-ordinator using the form on our website. Please
ensure you select "Diesel Driving Experience" from the options