BlogIntroduction to Heritage Engineering Skills Weekend – Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th August 2020

Introduction to Heritage Engineering Skills Weekend – Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th August 2020






Owing to the ongoing coronavirus issue and following government advice,  the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway has taken the decision to cancel the Introduction to Heritage Engineering Skills Weekend event on Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th August. We apologise for the disappointment and appreciate your understanding.


Interested in Engineering?   Ever considered a hobby or even a career in Heritage Engineering?   Ever wanted to know what goes on behind the scenes to restore, maintain and keep Heritage Railway Locomotives working?   Ever wanted to see the working parts of steam or diesel locomotives?


In conjunction with the popular Bricks event, we will be staging an “Introduction to Skills Weekend” at Toddington.  There will be opportunities to get up close to our fleet of working steam and heritage diesel locomotives as well those that are in the process of a heavy overhaul or restoration.  We aim to show what we do, how we do it and hopefully interest a new generation of volunteers in becoming involved.


Displays will demonstrate the procedures that the locos go through and the tools that are required.  The restoration project on display will be Great Western Heavy Freight no. 2874 – a loco built in 1918 and withdrawn from service in 1963.  Since that time the loco has been sitting outside – you will be able to see the effects!


Guided tours of the loco shed in small groups will take place on Sunday 9th August only. These will show the various stages of work underway as well as views of the working engines that are rarely possible.  Knowledgeable volunteers will be on hand to explain what’s going on and answer (most!) questions.


Please note, age restrictions will apply to the  shed tours – over 14s  only  (14 – 16 year olds must be accompanied by a responsible adult). The shed tours are unsuitable for dogs and so they cannot be admitted (other than guide dogs).


Places on the tours will be limited – advance booking is the only way to secure your place – see for details.


The skills event will be open from 10:00 until 16:30 with timed tours throughout the day.


Free parking will, as always, be available but, at Toddington, in the overflow car park and also at Cheltenham Race Course Station.


Why not travel from Cheltenham Race Course by steam train and make a great day out of it?


You can save time on the day by buying your all-day rover ticket on-line in advance. Click on the 'Book tickets now' button below and change the calendar to August, then buy tickets for 8th or 9th August.


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Contact David Foster

Introduction to Heritage Engineering Skills Weekend – Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th August 2020