Cotswold Festival of Steam 2023 'Cheltenham & Gloucester Remembered' - including guest locos 4079 Pendennis Castle and British Railways Standard class 4-4-6-0 no. 75014 (more to follow).
Remembering local scenes, this year's GWSR Cotswold Festival of Steam is inspired by the huge variety on the railway network around Cheltenham and Gloucester during the heyday of steam. Fast expresses, interregional trains from lines long since closed, local workings and industrial networks, the range was huge. Our home fleet will run alongside visiting locos.
Tickets on sale Monday 6th February 2023
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Remember those steam days
Both home fleet and visiting locomotives combine to offer anostalgic and intriguing look back to the halcyon days of the 1950s and 1960s.
Cheltenham formed the confluence of both the Western and Midland main lines from the West Midlands to Bristol and beyond while routes from Southampton and Banbury also reached the former Cheltenham St. James terminus. From Gloucester, services headed for SouthWales, Bristol, the West Country, Swindon and London and, between the two there were once some 300 train movements – both passenger and freight – per day. Along with locomotive depots at both Cheltenham and Gloucester and associated yards and dock complexes, there was an astonishing variety of motive power to be enjoyed. Indeed, in this small area, locomotives from all four regions could be ‘spotted’.
Will we will have number of visiting locos during the gala. Check back here regularly to see who is joining us. The first to join us is a locomotive that will be on the GWSR from March until after the Festival, filling the gap left by GWR 2-8-0T no. 4270 following expiry of its boiler certificate, it is British Railways Standard class 44-6-0 no. 75014. This class became increasingly common in the area from the late 1950s. These versatile machines could be seen working local goods on the former M&SJW between Andover and Cheltenham while Gloucester Horton Road had an allocation. They were often in charge of semi-fast services between Birmingham Snow Hill and Cardiff. They latterly also took over from Midland Compound 4-4-0s on Birmingham New Street-Bristol via Gloucester services.
Adult: £34.00, Child: £16.00, Family: £80.00
Adult: £55.00, Child: £25.00, Family: £100.00
Adult: £75.00, Child: £30.00, Family: N/A
Adult: £36.00, Child: £18.00, Family: £95.00
Late entry (after 2.30pm)
Adult: £25.00, Child: £10.00, Family: £75.00
£4.00 per day
2 Adults and 3 Children
4 Adults and 3 Children
No 21 "Mavis" has been stored at Toddington for some while, awaiting refurbishment. It is privately owned.
Preserved in 1987 by the Paignton & Dartmouth Railway, moved to the GWSR by March 2004.
DMU / Railcar
Cars W51360 and W51372 are owned by Cotswold Diesel Railcar Limited . W51360 is currently the 'spare' for our 117 set and W51372 is awaiting restoration.
DMU / Railcar
W55003 is a Class 122 'Bubblecar' owned by Cotswold Diesel Railcar Limited and is currently undergoing refurbishment plus the creation of wheelchair-friendly accommodation at Toddington.
DMU / Railcar
Normally comprising cars W51405 (DMS), W59510 (TCL), W51363 (DMBS), this Class 117 unit was purchased in 2011 by Cotswold Diesel Railcar Limited and is now running regular services from Toddington.
'John' has been on the Railway for over 30 years. The loco is presently undergoing restoration including the construction of a virtually new boiler.
20228 (D8327) - Class 20 Diesel Electric Locomotive. 20228 is privately owned and is now a permanent resident on the GWR. 20228 moved to the GWR in 2020 and should become serviceable during the 2022 season.
372 arrived at Toddington in October 1999 and since then has been used extensively as yard shunter.
D2280 arrived on the GWSR in 2018 and is now part of the shunting fleet at Toddington. It is owned by Shunty Mcshuntface Limited. There is a Bachman model of this locomotive available in BR green.
11230 arrived on the GWSR in 2003 and is now working at Toddington with its restoration almost complete.
D2182 is usually to be seen shunting at the carriage works at Winchcombe
47326 is owned by The Brush Type 4 Fund and is a permanent resident on the GWR. The Brush Type 4 Fund was formed in 1992 and, in November 2002, bought No 47376. The loco was transported to the GWR in 2003 after receiving a replacement engine at Ashchurch from sister loco No 47295.
The Brush Type 4 Fund was formed in 1992 with the aim of preserving a Series Parallel Class 47, after 2 years of fund raising 47105 was bought from Crewe in January 1994.
A class 45/1 Diesel Electric Locomotive. This locomotive is owned by The Cotswold Mainline Diesel Group and is a permanent resident on the GWR. It first ran in preservation during the 2013 Heritage Diesel Weekend.
A class 37/0 Diesel Electric Locomotive, is owned by The Growler Group and is a permanent resident on the GWR. 37215 was preserved in 1994 and was returned to working order in 1998.
A class 37/0 Diesel Electric Locomotive, is owned by four individuals who are both Growler Group members and active working members of the GWR diesel department and is a permanent resident on the GWR. 37248 came to Toddington in 2010 and has undergone an extensive refurbishment including the provision of steam heating and a return to BR green.
A class 26 Diesel Electric Locomotive. This locomotive is owned by The Cotswold Mainline Diesel Group and is a permanent resident on the GWR. 26043 ran for the first time in preservation during the 2013 Heritage Diesel Weekend.
A privately owned and is a permanent resident on the GWR. 24081 was preserved in 1981 and has remained operational throughout its life in preservation. Its bogie refurbishment is now complete and the loco is fit for service.
A class 20 Diesel Electric Locomotive. 20137 is privately owned and is a permanent resident on the GWR. 20137 was purchased from British Rail at Wigan in 1994 and moved to the GWR. 20137 was returned to working order in 1995.
A BR Standard Class 4 mixed traffic locomotive, built 1956. Restoration started.
A '2884' class heavy freight locomotive, built 1942. Owned by Dinmore Manor Locomotive Limited, it is at Toddington for its 10-year overhaul.
A '28xx' class heavy freight locomotive, built 1918. This locomotive is owned by The 2874 Trust Limited and it is slowly being restored from 'Barry Scrapyard' condition.
A '28xx' class heavy freight locomotive, built in 1905. This locomotive is owned by Cotswold Steam Preservation Limited and, after a 29 year restoration, is one of the GWR's resident locomotives.
Peninsular & Oriental S. N. Co.
35006 Peninsular & Oriental S. N. Co. is a Southern Railway rebuilt Merchant Navy Class 4-6-2 steam locomotive. It was built at Eastleigh locomotive works in December 1941 and given the Southern Railway number 21C6.
Although every inch a Great Western Railway thoroughbred, No. 7903 Foremarke Hall was one of the 79XX series, in the last batch of the Modified Hall class built at Swindon in 1949 under BR auspices.