Locomotives and Coaches

The Heritage Diesel Weekend will feature the GWR's unique collection of ex-British Railways heritage diesel locomotives and multiple units, operating an intensive service of trains plus a guest locomotive. Nine locomotives will be in use (subject to availability) travelling just over 900 miles in the course of the 3 days.


One of our locomotives undergoing extensive overhaul will form part of the exhibition inside the diesel shed at Toddington.


The intensive locomotive hauled service will be the main draw for enthusiasts highlights of which will be:


  • Two green class 20 locomotives operating together as a pair, celebrating 60 years of the class, and recreating the classic late 1960s holiday train
  • The visit of class 25 no.D5185 from the Great Central Railway
  • Class 45 no.45149, a class long associated with the Honeybourne line in the 1960s and 1970s
  • English Electric class 37 locomotive D6948. A classic 1964 built diesel locomotive in immaculate condition and resplendent in the green livery of the era when diesel and steam shared Britain's railways.


The GWR's 3 car class 117 DMU will be in use to provide a ‘fill in’ service between Winchcombe, Toddington and onwards up the new Broadway extension to Little Buckland enabling passengers to get a good view of the new extension works.


All our locomotives and railcars are owned by preservation groups or individuals and most have their own websites packed full of information on the locomotive's history, operation and latest news.


Click on the links for lots more on each (including how you can join and get involved with the operation, maintenance and restoration of each if you wish). Note the GWSR is not responsible for the content of external links.


Guest Locomotives

- in use and working trains

Class 20 no.D8098 - courtesy of the Type One Loco Company and the Great Central Railway

Class 25 no.D5185 courtesy of the Northampton Type 2 Group and the Great Central Railway


Home fleet

- in use and working trains

Class 20 no. D8137 (20137) - privately owned

Class 26 no.26043 - Cotswold Mainline Diesel Group

Class 37 no.D6948 - privately owned - in the custodianship of the Growler Group

Class 37 no.37215 - The Growler Group

Class 45 no.45149 - Cotswold Mainline Diesel Group

Class 47 no. 47376 - The Brush Type Four Fund

Class 73 no. E6036 (73129) - privately owned

Class 117 3 car DMU L425 - Cotswold Diesel Railcar Limited

- on static display

Class 47 no. 47105 (cab visits available) - The Brush Type Four Fund

Class 24 no. 5081 (24081) - the 24081 Locomotive Group

Class 122 single car DMU 'bubble car' no.W55003 - Cotswold Diesel Railcar Limited


There'll be 3 sets of coaches in use during the weekend. This year we can offer two 7 coach sets - our usual chocolate & cream and maroon sets of coaches, together with an additional 6 coach set comprising a mix of coaches, including the newly refurbished full brake coach (BG).

Find out more about all our rolling stock here