On Friday 16th, Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June we are delighted to once again team up with our friends from the North Cotswold branch of CAMRA to bring you the 21st Ale & Steam event.
Why not join us and relax with a pint of real ale or cider while watching all the action on the rails. As in previous years we will have bars available at both Winchcombe and Toddington stations, with an enhanced timetable on both the Friday and Saturday. Frequent trains will operate between Toddington and Winchcombe, shared between two steam locomotives and our ever-popular diesel railcar - allowing you to travel between the bars throughout the day.
A provisional beer and cider list is now available and we are anticipating at up to 28 ales and 8 ciders will be available at Winchcombe and 17 ales and 5 ciders at Toddington. Refreshments and soft drinks will also be available at Winchcombe and Toddington. Normal train fares apply and there will be free entry to the festival with a valid train ticket for the day of your visit. Members and Shareholder vouchers will also be valid. If you are not travelling on the trains, but wish to sample the beer at either station, we ask you buy a platform ticket priced at just £3.
To make purchases at the bar’s beer tokens must be purchased from CAMRA representatives. These will be valid at both bars and on all days of the festival. Unused tokens can be refunded or donated to charity at the end of your visit. You will also be required to purchase a glass from CAMRA representatives at £2 each.
Steam and Real Ale Bars at Winchcombe and Toddington will be open between 1030 and 1800 (extended to 1820 at Toddington and 1830 at Winchcombe on Saturday).
A modified green timetable will operate on Friday and Saturday, with additional trains between Toddington and Winchcombe operated by our diesel railcar. This will also call at Hayles Abbey Halt. A late train will operate back to Cheltenham Racecourse on both Friday and Saturday. On the Saturday there will be an additional later train to / from Broadway.
On the Sunday both bars (subject to availability) will be open to sell any remaining beer from 1100. While we cannot guarantee a full range of beer will be available, every effort will be made to ensure a good selection of ales remain and this will offer an ideal way to finish the weekend. Bars will close at 1500, or earlier if beer supply is exhausted. On the rail side a normal pink timetable will operate with one steam locomotive and one diesel locomotive operating.
Please note there will be no hot food available at Winchcombe on the Sunday.
Join us for a journey through the Cotswolds countryside, and stop off at Winchcombe where you will be able to purchase and enjoy a range of real ales and ciders. A 5% discount is automatically applied to all tickets purchased online.
The beer and ale list below is provisional and subject to change.
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 (D8128) - 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 privately owned . 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
47376 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.