This year’s 3 day summer festival of heritage diesel traction is a very special one. In addition to our trains running along our newly re-opened extension into the magnificently rebuilt Broadway station, on Sunday 28th July we will be joining forces with our classic bus colleague to have a joint Heritage Diesel Gala and Classic Bus Rally.
Our railway now provides a total journey from Cheltenham Racecourse to Broadway of 14 miles, and we hope you will come and sample the rebuilt railway into this picturesque Cotswold village as we recreate a past era of locomotive hauled trains 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 running between them as we celebrate the return of the railway to Broadway.
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 intensive timetable will allow 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.
More details soon.