TIME TRAVEL KIDS GO FREE ON THE GWR THROUGHOUT MARCH!
13 February 2008
The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, which operates steam
and diesel trains between Toddington and Cheltenham Racecourse,
kicks off its 2008 season on 1st March with an offer most
youngsters would find hard to refuse - they can travel free!
But there's a catch! To get a free ticket, they must bring a
fare-paying adult or senior citizen! The offer is valid on
every train running during March, including Easter. Says the GWR's
commercial director, Ian Crowder: "We did this last year and we
noticed a lot of grandparents taking a trip down memory lane while
giving their grandchildren a taste of what train travel was like
when they were young."
The Stratford to Cheltenham railway - often called 'The
Honeybourne Line' because it had a junction with the
Worcester-Oxford line at Honeybourne - opened in 1906, but it was
not until 1908, 100 years ago this year, that fast expresses from
Birmingham started using the route to and from the West Country.
Hauling those early trains were engines like 'City of Truro' - an
Edwardian Great Western Railway locomotive that is now 105 years
old. This elegant machine is resident on the present-day GWR
and it will be working some services during March.
"'City of Truro' is owned by the National Railway Museum
and it survived because way back in 1904, it became the first
engine in the world to reach a recorded 100mph," explains Ian
Crowder. "Engines like it would have been familiar to people living
along the Honeybourne Line until the 1920s when larger designs took
"We're very fortunate that we can in a small way, relive those
glory days when the train was only way to travel," Ian Crowder
adds. There's more information on www.gwsr.com or call
01242 621 405.
Fares are £10.00 adult, £8.50 senior citizen and children £6.00
- but throughout March, for every adult of senior citizen ticket
sold, one child age 5-15 travels free. Tickets allow unlimited
travel on the day of issue. March operating dates: Every
Saturday and Sunday from 1st March, the Easter weekend and 26th and
Media information: Ian Crowder, 07775 566 555 or firstname.lastname@example.org