The GWSR's Santa Specials will be the last trains of the season to run following the decision to cancel the post-Christmas 'Mince Pie Specials'.  Here, ex-GWR 2-8-0T no. 4270 rests at a festive North Pole station (pic Alex Caulfield)

GWSR cancels post-Christmas ‘Mince Pie Specials'

  • Growing concern about spread of Omicron variant 

  • ‘Our first responsibility is to protect our volunteers and visitors’

  • Socially-distanced Santa trains continue to Christmas Eve (subject to further Government requirements)


Monday, 20 December 2021: The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway (GWSR) has reluctantly decided to cancel its post-Christmas services - the ‘Mince Pie Specials’ - between 27 December and 3rd January, given growing concern about the rapid spread of the Covid-19 Omicron variant.  


Janet Gough, the railway’s Volunteer Resources Director said: "In light of the current developing situation and mindful of the safety of our volunteers and visitors we have reached the decision to cancel our post-Christmas services. 


"The fully-booked ’Santa Specials’ are, however, continuing until Christmas Eve, as planned.  


"We designed the Santa Specials with Covid in mind, based on the very successful service we offered last year.  By using pre-booking of tickets and compartment coaches in these trains, we are able to provide built-in social distancing for family groups.”   


“We think this is the responsible way forward and removes any doubt about the railway’s responsibility towards its volunteer staff and visitors,” she said, pointing out that the railway had to cancel its post-Christmas trains last year thanks to Covid lockdown.


Engineering work


Meanwhile, work continues to repair the landslip in the cutting between Winchcombe station and Greet tunnel which has been progressing well thanks to good weather.  For the full story follow this link.   Similarly, work on repairing the bridge that carries the B4632 road over the railway near Stanway (between Toddington and Broadway) will start in the New Year following the success of a £200,000 appeal by the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway Trust to help meet the cost of this essential work. 




For more information please contact

Ian Crowder

Public Relations

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway Plc

Tel: 07775 566 555