Heritage Diesel Gala 29th to 31st July

A celebration of vintage diesel traction from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s


Please note:


  • Car Parks will open 45 minutes before the first train leaves Toddington.
  • All Booking Offices and Stations will open 30 minutes before the first train leaves Toddington. 
  • Trains will not stop at Hayles Abbey Halt during this event


Class 55 No 55019 'Royal Highland Fusilier'


Class 24 No 5081


English Electric Class 37 No D6948


Back after a two year ‘Covid’ enforced absence is one of our showpiece events - our much missed summer festival of heritage diesel traction. Over the three day event we will transport you back to a time when British Rail ran locomotive hauled trains the length and breadth of the country, from large powerful express locomotives on inter-city journeys, to smaller mixed traffic and freight types many of which were pressed into use during the summer months taking people from the towns to our seaside resorts.   


All these sights and sounds will be re-created once more as we take you for 14 miles along the edge of the Cotswolds from Cheltenham Racecourse to the magnificently rebuilt Broadway station at this picturesque Cotswold village as we recreate a past era of the UK’s railways now long since disappeared from the national network. Why not take a stroll up the road into this lovely Cotswold village with a number of excellent pubs, eateries and shops? Over the 3 days, our magnificently restored collection of vintage diesel locomotives will be clocking up over 1000 miles between them as we celebrate the 1960s, 70s and 80s.


This year, despite the ever increasing costs of transport we are very fortunate to be able to mark the return of summer gala by welcoming for the first time one of the iconic class 55 ‘Deltic’ locomotives that were so synonymous with high speed running along the East Coast Main Line route from London to Edinburgh between 1961 and 1981. No.55019 ‘Royal Highland Fusilier’ will be breaking new ground for the class and will become the first ever Deltic locomotive to operate over the former Stratford upon Avon to Cheltenham main line when it joins us in July, thanks to the its owners the Deltic Preservation Society. An historic occasion.


Up to 10 trains each day will run to Broadway, with even more running between Toddington and Cheltenham Racecourse giving a full 28 mile round trip on most services, which together with passing trains in the loops at Gotherington, Winchcombe and Toddington allows a 45 minute frequency service all day.  There will be something for everyone - for families looking for a great day out as well as for the railway enthusiast. For the haulage enthusiast, our regular timetable allows a wide variety of 'moves' to be made throughout the day in pursuit of your favourite traction. Come and re-live the atmosphere of travelling by British Rail (remember them?) from 40 and 50 years ago. The 1960s, 1970s and 1980s live again!


The majority of our fleet of heritage diesel locomotives are now well over 50 years old  so the event also pays tribute to the history of British electrical and mechanical engineering from the 1950s and 1960s - a time when Britain was still at the forefront of locomotive technology and exported railway locomotives all over the world. At Toddington, you will be able to visit our diesel maintenance shed and see up close one of our immaculately restored class 37 locomotives no.D6948 and 1959 built class 26 no.D5343 both of which are undergoing overhaul.


The best way to buy tickets for the event is in advance over the internet [insert link to ticket page]. Avoid any queues on the day and benefit from an on-line discounted price – one day adult tickets are available for just £27! Multi-day rover tickets offering substantial savings are also available if booked in advance. Alternatively just turn up and pay on the day (adult tickets £30). The railway is also offering multi-day rover tickets (if booked in advance). 


On these pages you will find latest news, information about the locomotive line-up, timetable, details of fares and on-line booking, where to stay, attractions at the railway's stations…just about everything you need to know!


Just use the menu 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!


Getting There Timetable Ticket Office Toddington Shed
Locos & Coaches What's Happening Where? Sales Stands Somewhere to stay

On these pages you will find latest news, information about the locomotive line-up, timetable, details of fares, where to stay, attractions at the railway's stations, how to get a lineside pass…just about everything you need to know!


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!


Your safety

Finally, a gentle note about safety and good behaviour: we everyone to enjoy your day and go home happy and in once piece!  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 from paramedic staff and our first responder team.


Finally, please respect your fellow visitors, our facilities, trains and staff members, who are all volunteers. We want everyone to have a happy and enjoyable day at the friendly line in the Cotswolds – anyone who is seen or reported to be behaving inappropriately will be asked to leave with no refund. This includes arms and bodies out of windows when the train is moving.

We have a zero tolerance policy towards anti-social behaviour of any kind.


Important information for photographers

Fortunately, the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway is blessed with many vantage points publicly accessible from footpaths, roads, stations and other locations from where pictures can be taken of trains without the need to access the railway's property. Ordnance Survey maps: Explorer OL45; or Landranger 162 and 163 are well worth exploring for footpaths and vantage points along the route of the railway.