What's happening where
The main centre of events will be at Toddington, the railway's headquarters and location of our engine sheds and maintenance facilities.
Things happening at Toddington over the weekend will include:
- Diesel Shed Open Day (with the opportunity to get close-up to a locomotive undergoing overhaul)
- Model railway layouts in the diesel shed
- Sales stands and stalls (inside the shed and outside too)
- An evening train on Saturday offering a 2 hour round trip of the line departing at 18:45 from Toddington (with a free bus connection to Cheltenham main line station) and arriving back at 20:40.
- The 'Flag and Whistle' cafe selling a range of hot home-cooked food, snacks and drink. Fast food available outside adjacent to the platforms.
- Beer tent
Our diesel shed will once again be throwing open its doors to visitors, and as well as the model railways and sales stands, you will be able to see the following:
- Get up close to class 47 no.47105 under going a heavy general overhaul. See the work required to maintain our locomotives in tip top condition. You will also be able to access the driver's cab 47105.
- 60th anniversary Class 122 ‘Bubble Car’ W55003 built in 1958 and originally used on the Honeybourne Line, undergoing extensive restoration.
On Sunday 28th July we'll be sharing the Toddington Site with our popular Annual Bus Rally. You can read more about that event here.
A full site plan for Toddington will be available soon.
Winchcombe is a pleasant location to break your journey, with the Coffee Pot cafe serving refreshments on platform 1 and with a picnic area adjacent to platform 2. In addition hot food will be available from a griddle at this station. As it is a crossing loop on our largely single track railway, it provides the opportunity to view trains passing each other through the station with all the hustle and bustle that goes with it. Most up trains will pause here for around 10 to 15 minutes giving you some time to stretch your legs and take photographs of the trains as they pass each other in the station.
Our Carriage and Wagon workshops, where volunteers restore and maintain all the coaches and wagons used on the railway, will be open for visitors to inspect the work that goes on, and see the range of rolling stock we have.
Trains will operate between Broadway and Cheltenham Racecourse every 45 minutes throughout the day.
Our largest car park is available at Cheltenham Racecourse station, together with access to a frequent bus service into Cheltenham town centre and Cheltenham national rail station at the entrance to the racecourse site ('Racecourse Park and Ride'). We will also be providing a free bus service direct from the Racecourse station to the National Rail station at the start and end of the day.
There will be the opportunity for you to visit the driver's cab (subject to safety and operational requirements) whilst the locomotive is waiting at Cheltenham Racecourse.
The new ‘jewel in the crown’ of the GWR. Broadway Station is the newest station on our railway and is our northern terminus. The station is situated on the north-western edge of the village, a 15 minute walk from the centre. The whole station has been built by our volunteers in the style of the original which was completely demolished when the line closed and has now got a welcoming tea room selling refreshments. The station is now provided with a pay-and-display car park making it an ideal place from which to start or finish your journey.