Train services and special events FOR SEPTEMBER and October
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
3. On Thursday 12 September trains will operate to the purple timetable to meet the expected demand for rides on a steam train and not a blue timetable as shown on our printed timetable leaflets.
Our Programme for September and October 2019
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).
Although the warmth of the summer months may start fading in September, there will still plenty of heat generated by our steam trains.
On the weekends of 14/15, 21/22 and 28/29 September we will be operating the red timetable with at least two steam trains and a diesel railcar. On every Tuesday and Wednesday in September, we'll be running trains to the purple timetable with at least two steam trains operating. On Thursdays 19 and 26 September trains will operate to the blue timetable with at least one steam train and a diesel railcar operating.
On every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in October trains will operate to the blue timetable with at least one steam train and a diesel railcar operating.
On the weekend of 5/6 October, trains will run to the purple timetable with at least two steam trains operating. On the weekend of 12/13 October we will be holding our Autumn Diesel Weekend – an entirely diesel-running weekend using our magnificent fleet of heritage diesel locomotives dating back to the early 1960s.
On the weekend of 19/20 October it's our fourth Cotswolds Food & Drink Fayre, with stalls at Toddington and Winchcombe stations. There will be an amended green timetable in operation. In addition to the normal two steam and one diesel hauled trains we will be running an early morning diesel railcar service to Winchcombe and Toddington from Cheltenham Race Course station departing 10.10am. Normal train ticket prices will apply. Entry to the Fayre will be free, with parking at Toddington being in the field adjacent to the station.
On the weekend of 26/27 October it's time again for the Halloween 'Steam & Scream' Specials. Get ready for Hallowe'en and join the 'Spooky Specials' throughout the day at either Cheltenham Racecourse or Toddington Stations - come dressed for the occasion. Trains will operate to the red timetable and normal ticket prices will apply.
Something different - on Saturday 5th October the group who are restoring loco No 76077 will be holding an evening event in the Tim Mitchell Building at Winchcombe Station at 6.30pm. You'll hear remeniscenses from Colin Jacks who was a driver at Tyseley in steam days (and who's published books on the subject) along with the acclaimed aviation artist, Nick Trudgian, who will be auctioning prints of his paintings in aid of the restoration project. Refreshments will be served. Entry is free but you will have the opportunity to make a donation to the 76077 Fund to get this 'really useful engine' back in working order. Contact email@example.com if you'd like to come along.
Something else different: On Tuesday 15th October GWSR volunteer Nicolas Wheatley, who is writing a book called 'Final Journey - the Untold Story of Funeral Trains' is presenting a talk on this dark but fascinating subject for the RCTS (Railway Correspondence and Travel Society) in Cheltenham. It's at 7.30pm at the Victory Club, Burlington House, Lypiatt Road, Cheltenham GL50 2SY, voluntary donation of £3 - just turn up!
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