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 and exhibition (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)
- A chance to ride on the North Gloucestershire Narrow Gauge railway which will be operating continuously during Saturday and Sunday. Ideal for the kids!
- An evening train on Saturday 29th 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 24 no.5081 undergoing a bogie overhaul and 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.
A full site plan for Toddington will be available soon.
Winchcombe is a pleasant location to break your journey, with our 'Coffee Pot' café available on platform 1 serving a range of drinks and snacks, together with a picnic area adjacent to platform 2. 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.
Our Carriage and Wagon workshops, who 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 Toddington and Winchcombe 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. For the duration of the gala, starting at 0815 each morning, hot food (bacon rolls etc) will also be available from an outdoor griddle run by our Railway Catering Services.
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. There is currently no car parking at the station other than a very limited number of spaces for 'Blue Badge' disabled users; however, we would encourage disabled visitors to travel to Toddington to board our trains, where ample facilities are available. The nearest pay-and-display car park, on the Childswickham Road, is some 11 minutes walk away. You can find directions to the nearest public pay-and-display car park here. For the duration of the Gala there'll be a 'gazebo' at the station selling hot and cold drinks and a range of cold snacks.