Honeybourne Line train services continue despite Gotherington landslip
article by: webmaster
posted on: 23 April 2010
updated on: 04 June 2010
The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway - the
'Honeybourne Line' - has with immediate effect, altered its steam
train services following a landslip on an embankment near
Malcolm Temple, the railway's chairman, says: "The slip was
discovered on 22nd April and although it does not
directly affect the track over which trains run, as a precautionary
safety measure we have decided to suspend all train services south
"This means that no services will call at Cheltenham Racecourse
station although trains will run as normal between Toddington and
Gotherington Halt but to a revised timetable.
"Safety is of course, our number one priority. We check
our line every day before trains run and this is how movement of
the embankment was noticed. We have instructed specialist
engineers to make trial bores in the land to determine the extent
and cause of the problem and repairs will be carried out as soon as
"It is of course too early to say when the line will be reopened
or what the cost is likely to be."
All visitors to the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway should
travel to Toddington station where additional car parking will be
Malcolm continues: "The planned celebration of the
175th anniversary of the Great Western Railway between
29th May and 6th June will still go ahead
with a spectacular star-studded cast of visiting locomotives.
As a bonus, trains will for the first time in nearly half a
century, be travelling north from Toddington over the spectacular
15-arch, 50ft-high Stanway viaduct affording Festival visitors an
impressive new spectacle!"
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