Train services and special events for April and May 2017


Our programme for April and May


After some beautiful March days in the Cotswolds with the railway getting off to a glorious start to the year, we now steam on to April and May.


On the weekends of 1/2, and 8/9 April we will be running the green timetable with Steam trainone steam train, a heritage mainline diesel and a diesel railcar. You can ride on three different types of rail transport in one day! On Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5, and then on mid-week days Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday 11/12/13, 18/19/20, and 25/26/27 April it’s the blue timetable.


Over Easter, from Good Friday 14 to Easter Monday 17 April it will be the red timetable with two steam trains and a diesel railcar. On Easter Monday 17 April there will be fun for all the family when you have the chance to catch one of the GWR "Easter Eggspress" specials.  Climb aboard at either Cheltenham Racecourse or Toddington Station for this 'eggsellent' event which will be taking place at Winchcombe Station.


On the weekend of 22/23 April it is our very special “Wartime in the Cotswolds” event. This year the event will have a Battle of Britain theme. So transport yourself back to September 1940 and imagine you are waiting for a train at a small station on the Great Western Railway. Children are being evacuated to the coast, soldiers are going back to barracks, and aircrew are heading off to airfields in the South and West. "Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag, and smile, smile, smile."


Over the whole of the Bank Holiday weekend of 29/30 April & 1 May it will be the red timetable again with two steam trains and a diesel railcar.


On every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday through the whole of May it’s the blue timetable each day with one steam train and normally a diesel railcar operating.


On the weekend of 13/14 May we are having or very first "Cotswold Bricks and Trains Weekend". There will be a red timetable in operation and it will be a great opportunity for everyone - not just children - to experience the thrill of building models out of small bricks. There will be a small entry charge to the display.


On the weekend of 20/21 May is going to be a particularly splendid weekend as we will be holding our "Spring Steam and Real Ale Weekend", again with the red timetable in operation. Normal ticket prices will apply for those wishing to travel, but for those planning just to sample the ales, there will be a small admission charge.


Over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend 27/28/30 May, we are holding our "Cotswold Festival of Steam Gala" with its own special intensive timetable. The theme this year is 'Workhorses of Steam' and visiting engines will bolster the railway's home fleet! Three exciting and packed days of railway adventure for everyone.  Please note that entry to the site will be by event ticket only. There is no free entry or access to the stations without a ticket.


Click here to see the 2017 calendar and timetables with complete details of all our normal operating days and special events days.