Following the success of our summer heritage diesel gala and open day, this autumn we are again holding a diesel running weekend using our magnificent fleet of heritage diesel locomotives dating back to the early 1960s. We hope you will come and enjoy the sight and sounds of a bygone age with our collection of vintage diesel locomotives and come and look around our locomotive and carriage maintenance facilities at Toddington and Winchcombe.
With our locomotives operating between Toddington and Cheltenham, and our scenic heritage diesel railcar working regular trips on the 3¼ mile northern extension to Little Buckland just over a mile from Broadway, we will be giving a full 25 mile round trip, which, together with passing trains in our loops at Gotherington, Winchcombe and Toddington, allows a 40 minute frequency of service along the entire line, helping to re-create some of the main-line ambience of this former through route from Bristol to Birmingham. For the haulage enthusiast, this allows a wide variety of 'moves' to be made throughout the day in pursuit of your favourite traction. For the general visitor and enthusiast alike, come and re-live the atmosphere of travel by British Rail (remember them?) from 30, 40 and 50 years ago as we will be running locomotives in authentic liveries from both the sixties, seventies and eighties!
There will be something for everyone - for families looking for an enjoyable day out as well as for the railway and diesel traction enthusiasts. Our summer Heritage Diesel Weekend and Open Days have established a reputation for being a friendly, quality event and we hope this additional diesel running weekend albeit a smaller scale event than the summer gala weekend, will continue in the same vein.
The majority of our fleet of heritage diesel locomotives and multiple units are now well passed their 50th birthdays (our oldest is 58!), so the event also reflects the history of British electrical and mechanical engineering from the 1950s and 1960s - a time when the UK was still at the forefront of locomotive technology and exported such railway locomotives all over the world. At Toddington, you will be able to visit our diesel shed and view the facilities we have for keeping our locomotives in such good condition including two of our locomotives under overhaul as well as being able to photograph the other locomotives in the yard when they are not working trains. At Winchcombe, our popular Carriage and Wagon workshops will be open for visits so you can view our new facilities for maintaining and overhauling our carriages to a high standard.
For this event, normal ticket prices apply so why not save time and book your All-day rover Ticket now?
Just use the links below to get the information you need.
These pages will be updated right up to the event itself as we add more news and information. If not all of the pages are populated yet, please keep coming back to keep yourself up to date!
Timetable - will be available when finalised
Getting there – how to reach us, by car and by public transport
Locomotives – the line up of heritage diesels
Rolling stock – the coaches we will have in use
Where to stay - a list of local accommodation
Code of conduct and general safety
Finally, a gentle note about safety: we want you to enjoy your day and go home happy and in once piece! The platforms and trains are likely to be crowded at times so...
- Please take care at the platform edge
- Please respect instructions of volunteer station staff and remain in designated areas
- Never walk near the track unless you have a lineside pass and are wearing a high-visibility orange jacket
- Never sit on the platform edge with your feet over the side
- Never attempt to join or leave a moving train
- Please keep an eye on children - they can easily get lost when there are a lot of people about! If your youngster is lost, contact station staff who will make an announcement
- If you are hurt in any way or feel unwell, please contact station staff who can call appropriate assistance. The GWR's fire service and paramedic staff are a first responder team.
- Do not attempt to open carriage doors BEFORE the train has stopped or get on trains that have started to move. There is plenty of time to change trains at all our stations. Without wishing to sound draconian, we all have a responsibility for the safety of staff and visitors and anyone doing this may be asked to leave.
Finally, may we remind everyone that the GWR enjoys a reputation for being a family-friendly railway giving a warm welcome to all our visitors young and old and is staffed by volunteers. We have a zero tolerance approach to bad or unsafe behaviour, in particular, foul and abusive language used to other visitors or staff. Anyone doing so will be asked to leave without refund.