In February our Administration Department and various Management personnel moved from their temporary accommodation at Toddington to offices at Churchward House, Winchcombe Railway Station.
The railway took over the adjacent garden centre site at Toddington station, greatly expanding the space available for future parking and accommodation development
Major repair works were commissioned on the route of the River Isbourne as it passes under the railway to the east of Winchcombe Station.
The much-loved resident Churchward GWR 2-8-0 heavy freight locomotive 2807 (normally used now for passenger trains) was withdrawn from service for its ten year overhaul.
COVID-19 pandemic struck. Most Special Events, such as 'Wartime in the Cotswolds' and our Steam and Diesel Galas, were cancelled. The railway was able to operate a series of Covid-safe service trains and some Santa Specials to a popular new format (to the delight of hundreds of children) during the latter part of the season. However, much like what is happening all over the world, the pandemic has had a devastating effect on our railway, volunteers and employees.
Volunteers were still having to carry out essential maintenance work.
The railway started offering on-line presentations by volunteers to replace the talks to external organisations that used to be given before they all had to close down because of Covid-19.
Sadly in October ex-WR Pannier tank No. 9466 departed as there was no work for it owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.
In December, resident Brush type 4 Diesel Electric Locomotive No 47105 moved for first time in over 9 years.