Heritage Diesel Gala 27th to 29th July 2018

A celebration of vintage diesel traction from the 1960s and 1970s - ‘Bringing the railway back to Broadway’


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


This year’s 3 day summer festival of heritage diesel traction is a very special one as we will be running along our newly re-opened extension into the magnificently rebuilt Broadway station for the first time. Now providing a total journey from Cheltenham Racecourse to Broadway of 14 miles, we hope you will come and sample the newly 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.


Whilst the highlight of the gala will undoubtedly be our diesel locomotives running to Broadway for the first time, we are fortunate to be able to celebrate the occasion by the first visit to the line of ‘Warship’ class diesel hydraulic locomotive no.D832 ‘Onslaught’, which, together with our own green ‘South Wales’ class 37 locomotive D6948, will bring a classic 1960s Western Region flavour to the event.


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 along the majority of the line.  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 1963-built class 47 locomotive no.47105 and 1960 built class 24 no.5081 under overhaul and our single car diesel multiple unit built in 1957 W55003 and formerly used on the Honeybourne line currently being refurbished.


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 £22! 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 £25). 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, how to get a lineside pass…just about everything you need to know!


Just use the quick-links below to get the information you need.


Getting There Timetable Tickets Please!
Locos & Coaches What's Happening Where? Sales Stands


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. 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.


The GWR has always welcomed photographers but to maintain safety standards at a time when many heritage railways are withdrawing lineside pass access, we will continue to do so only if photographers hold a current annual lineside photography pass and PTS qualification together with the associated instruction sheet and access maps detailing where you may or may not photograph on the railway, and a GWR-issued orange high visibility tabard (printed with the words GWSR Photographer and the year for which it is valid). This must be worn correctly (i.e. fully fastened) and rucksacks must be carried by hand not worn across the back.

NOTE: Pass holders are NOT allowed access to the Broadway, Toddington, Winchcombe, Cheltenham station lineside areas, or the yards at Toddington and Winchcombe – these areas are clearly marked on the access maps.


Lineside access without a lineside photography pass and GWSR Photographer high visibility vest will be not be permitted. If you do not have a pass, you will be asked to leave the railway's property. 


IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS: The Stanton Aqueduct footbridge has been closed until further notice due to the need for structural repairs and is not accessible.