Train services and special events FOR the remainder of the Season



Some important notes:


1.   Since opening the new station at Broadway we are finding that the first steam train of the day from Cheltenham Race Course Station is usually very busy. Passengers may need to share compartments and seating at tables with others. There is often more room towards the rear of the train. The following train is usually less busy. We recommend that if you are traveling as a group and have not booked in advance, then you will find it more comfortable to travel on the second train of the day from Cheltenham Race Course Station. If you wish to travel as a group of 10 or more people and remain together in the train, then it is important you contact our Group Bookings service who will be pleased to help you: their email address is and your enquiry will be dealt with during normal office hours.


2.  Please see our important information about weak bridge problems at Bridge No 8 on the B4632 road at Stanton.


Our Programme up to Wednesday 1 January 2020


We will be operating heritage trains on every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and weekend throughout September and October. Some of those days will be special events as shown below. We’ll have at least one steam locomotive pulling trains on all of our operating days (subject to unexpected operational problems).


November, December and January


The Railway normally takes a short break in November, but this year it's a shorter break than usual! The 30th November sees the start of our 2019 Santa Season. If you  want to come and see Santa you need to book as soon as possible to avoid being disappointed as the tickets always sell out quickly.


On 30 November and 1, 7/8, 14/15, 20, 21, 22, 23 & 24 December we are running our famous Santa Specials. Two great ways to visit Santa: either from Cheltenham Race Course (on all days shown) by steam train all the way to Winchcombe (or the North Pole!) through the long tunnel, and visit Santa and his elves in his grotto; or from Toddington Station (on 7/8, 14/15, & 21/22 December) in an early 1960's diesel rail car with Santa and his young elves on board the train, spending lots of time sitting with each family. Book early for the best Santa experience for miles around!


On Saturday 14 December it’s Christmas Carols by Steam Train. The special train will depart promptly from Toddington at 7.00pm and the carol service will take place under the Christmas lights at Winchcombe station after the train has arrived. In aid of Maggie's Cancer Care Centres. Put the date in your diary. Tickets will include parking at Toddington Station, the return train fare and the carol service. They will need to be purchased beforehand and will cost £17 each for Adults and £12 for Children. The price includes mulled wine and a mince pie. Tickets are available from the railway's Administration Office at Toddington Station. See our web page for more information.


After Christmas you can blow away the cobwebs with a ride on a heritage train and help finish off the mince pies (while stocks last!). On 26, 28 & 29 December and 1 January trains will operate to the red timetable with at least two steam trains and a diesel railcar running - please note that this is a change from our printed timetable.


On 27, 30 and 21 December we'll be running trains to the purple timetable with two steam trains operating.


Correction: One of our leaflets issued recently inadvertantly referred to a mixed traction 'Christmas Cracker' event on 29/30 December. This was a leaflet error and a 'Christmas Cracker' event will not be held this year.


Your last chance to ride on our trains this season will be 1 January 2020 when the red timetable will be in operation. Please note that this is a change from our printed timetable.


Click here to see the 2019 Calendar and Timetables with complete details of all our normal operating days and special events days. Click here to see our locomotive roster.


Click here for our usual ticket prices.