Pint of steam, please…
article by: Andy Smith
posted on: 06 April 2010
updated on: 15 May 2010
The 2nd CAMRA / GWR Ale and Steam weekend will see
many a pint downed at Winchcombe over the weekend of
22nd and 23rd May. Last year was a
terrific success and somehow, the atmosphere of the venue -
Winchcombe Station at Greet - as you watch the trains go by really
lends itself to the enjoyment of some wonderful ales and
The event promises to be bigger and better than last year with
up to 24 beers and 2 ciders on tap. With many beers from local
Gloucestershire breweries and / or having a railway theme,
especially in this the 175th Anniversary of the Great
Western Railway, it's an occasion not to be missed if you have a
taste for jar of real ale and cider.
On the steam side a normal Red Timetable, with
two engines in steam, will be operating. The first train from
Toddington departs at 10.30, and from Cheltenham Racecourse at
11.15 and Gotherington at 11.26 - in time for the opening of the
festival at 11.30. The last departures are 16.45 to Cheltenham
Racecourse and Gotherington and 17.42 to Toddington.
But never fear if your concept of time passes with the pints -
as there will be extended opening hours on the Saturday evening
until 1930 when there will be a heritage bus back to Cheltenham
(departing Winchcombe station at 18.30 and 19.30). That would
perhaps be the ideal way to round off your day, easing you gently
back from the days of steam to the modern world! Please note
a small donation will be requested for travel on this service to
cover running costs.
Normal fares apply and entry to the festival is free with a
valid train ticket for the day of your visit. For those arriving at
Winchcombe under their own 'steam' a platform ticket will be
required to gain entry. But please don't drink and drive, if
necessary use the train or bus (on Saturday) to get home and come
back for your car the next day!
The GWR's own On-Train Catering team will once again be
providing hot and cold food, tea / coffee and soft drinks at
Winchcombe station between 1100 and 1630 on both days as well, of
course, on the trains themselves.