Footplate Rides

  • Footplate ride bookings now sold out
  • £85 for a ten-mile ride including entry to the Cotswold Festival of Steam
  • Don't miss this chance of a lifetime 
  • Freight and passenger options
This is a view you could be enjoying - taken from the footplate of 7820 Dinmore Manor approaching Winchcombe (Ian Crowder)

Once again during the Cotswold Festival of Steam, 27th, 28th and 29th May, a very privileged few will be able to enjoy a footplate ride between Toddington and Cheltenham Racecourse or vice-versa.

Over the three days there threre will be only 18 chances to ride on one of the railway's resident fleet of locomotives (Nos 2807, 4270, 7820 and 7903). 

And the cost? Just £85! 

That's remarkable value for money for a real 'red letter day' experience that just can't ordinarily be bought. What's more, the price includes entry to the event, making your experience even better value.  It means that you can travel 'on the cushions' as much as you like during the day or perhaps take a brake van ride as well on the day of your visit.

Interested? Read on…

When reserving your place please let us know your first and second train time choices, or tell us if you don't mind when you travel.  Click on the e-mail link below so you can apply to reserve your place and when confirmed we'll ask you to make payment.





Footplate rides now fully sold out - sorry!



Saturday 27th Sunday 28th Monday 29th Remarks
0845 SOLD 0845 SOLD 0845 SOLD Toddington-Cheltenham
1235 SOLD 1235 SOLD 1235 SOLD Toddington-Cheltenham (freight)
1555 SOLD 1555 SOLD 1555 SOLD Toddington-Cheltenham (freight)
1130 SOLD 1130 SOLD 1130 SOLD Cheltenham-Toddington (freight)
1330 SOLD 1330 SOLD 1330 SOLD Cheltenham-Toddington
1610 SOLD - - Cheltenham-Toddington
- 1730 SOLD 1730 SOLD Cheltenham-Toddington (freight)


Please note that if you have friends or family they will of course be able to ride in the train of your choice if it is a passenger service.  If it is a freight, they will not be able to ride unless they are in possession of a brake van ride ticket which can be bought from the GWR Trust gazebo at Toddington station on the day.

Once your booking is confirmed we will ask for payment (by card or by cheque). Finally, please just check the terms and conditions below.


Reserve your place now by e-mail to or call on 01242 621405


Footplate Ride Terms & Conditions

  1. Customers must be able bodied as a footplate ride is not appropriate for the infirm or mobility impaired.

  2. Customers must be between the ages of 18 & 70 years old.

  3. Customers are advised to wear clothing that covers their arms and legs such as trousers, jacket and sturdy shoes. Items such as shorts, sandals, skirts etc. are not suitable and may result in the footplate ride being refused.

  4. Customers should present themselves to the Station Master's office at the correct departure station (as stated on the ticket), at least 30min prior to the departure time in order to exchange the footplate ride letter of confirmation for a valid footplate pass after agreeing to the relevant conditions.

  5. Customers agree to follow the instructions of locomotive footplate crew during the journey and must not distract the crew. The Driver shall have the right to refuse the footplate ride if he is concerned the customer is not suitably fit or dressed.

  6. Customers should remain seated throughout the journey and at all times hold on to the side of the locomotive.

  7. Customers should be aware of soot and ash in the atmosphere as well as the dangers of hot surfaces and falling from the locomotive if not properly holding on or seated.

  8. GWSR accepts no liability for damage to clothing or goods as a result of customers travelling on the footplate.

  9. Footplate pass tickets are only valid for the footplate ride trip as stated on the ticket and GWSR cannot give any guarantee of the locomotive the footplate ride will take place on.

  10. Tickets are non-transferable or refundable, unless the service is cancelled.

  11. GWSR retains the right to cancel or change any part of the gala service if required.