Frequently Asked Questions
The list of FAQs is a living document and will be added to over time. If you have a question you think should be added to the list please email the webmaster.
When does the railway operate?
The Railway operates at weekends from March through to the end of the year, with a short break in November. We also run mid-week from April through to the end of October.
Full details and the timetable are here.
Which timetable has most steam trains operating?
Which timetable has most diesel trains running?
There will normally be one diesel-hauled train plus a diesel railcar as well as one steam-hauled train operating on Green Timetable days.
How much are the fares?
What facilities are there for the disabled?
The GWR is committed to making everyone's visit to the railway as enjoyable as possible. You can find details of disabled access and facilities on this page.
Can I visit the yard at Toddington?
Unfortunately the yard at Toddington is currently not accessible to the public. The yard is a hazardous area not only with locomotives and other vehicles moving around but often welding, grinding and compressed air tools are in use. Guided tours can be organised for enthusiast groups with sufficient notice. There is a pedestrian walkway down the western side of the yard, past the diesel shed which allows visitors to see what is happening in the yard. Click here for more details.
Can I find out which locos are running on the day of my visit?
Yes you can. We publish the operating locomotives, both steam and diesel, on the loco roster page. We keep this page as up to date as possible however we can never guarantee a particular locomotive will be running. Some of the locomotives are 100+ years old and sometimes things go wrong and they have to be replaced on the roster. Whenever this happens we endeavour to update the roster as soon as possible.
Can I drive a steam/diesel engine?
Yes, join us as a volunteer and work through the grades in the steam or diesel department until you reach driver. Alternatively we run steam footplate experience days and diesel driving experiences. Details of these can be found here.
Can I bring my dog?
Yes. Well behaved dogs travel free in standard class carriages and compartments (not First Class) but they are not allowed on the seats or tables, and not allowed on any dining trains or buffet cars.
How long is the line?
The line is currently 12 miles long from Laverton, through Toddington and Winchcombe to Cheltenham Race
Course. When the northern extension to Broadway is completed the line will be 15 miles long.
How long is the tunnel?
Greet tunnel, situated to the south of Winchcombe station, is 693 yards long. It is the second longest tunnel on a heritage railway. Because it's on a curve you can't see "the light at the end of the tunnel" until you are most of the way through it. It is also haunted!