Another fantastic event planned to showcase steam in the Cotswolds!
A splash of colour at Didbrook as 7903 Foremarke Hall pilots 6023 King Edward II with a northbound train during the 2018 Festival. The 'King' is visiting again (picture: Paul Begg)
Three days of magic! Plans are well under way for another outstanding Cotswold Festival of Steam with the first of three visitors confirmed: it is the Great Western Society's magnificent 'King' class four-cylinder 4-6-0 no. 6023 King Edward II which appears in early British Railway's blue. Built in 1930, the 'King' class was the Great Western Railway's most powerful express locomotive class and were the most powerful 4-6-0s in Europe. The GWSR will therefore once again see the most powerful GWR class rivalling the most powerful SR class in the shape of home-based 'Merchant Navy' pacific no. 35006 Peninsular & Oriental SN Co
Two more visitors! The railway is in the process of exchanging contracts with the owers of two more locomotives to visit for the occasion. This will mean that with the home fleet, the railway expects (subject to availability of course) to field no
|No. 6023 King Edward II departs Toddington on 3rd June 2018 (picture: the late Malcolm Ranieri FRPS)|
fewer than seven locomotives!
More trains than ever! There will be more opportunities to ride behind all of these locomotives between Cheltenham Racecourse and Broadway with frequent locomotive changes between FOUR passenger train sets!
Bringing back the goods! After an absence last year which was a disappointment for many, a freight train is planned once again and the ever-popular brake van rides will be up for grabs
Showcase! And at Toddington preservation groups, artists, photographers, and traders such as book and model sales will again be housed in a large marquee
And lots more besides with plenty of opportunities to get behind the scenes at Winchcombe's acclaimed Carriage & Wagon Department; enjoy model railways, local beers and food and drinks on trains and at stations - including the new cafe at Broadway.
Online tickets will be on sale soon and we will also shortly reveal the theme for the event which we can't give away at present because it might give a clue to one of the planned visitors! So watch this space!