Train services and special events for March and April 2020
Some important notes:
1. Since opening the new station at Broadway we are finding that on normal operating days 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 next 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.
Our Programme for March and April 2020
Our usual maintenance period in January and February has seen lots of work being carried out at the railway – including expensive work on stabilising two big embankment slips. Now the railway is ready once again to get off to a storming start for another brilliant season packed with action for the whole family, but those embankment slips will need more work carried out and will cost many thousands of pounds that will all have to be raised by our volunteers.
In March we'll be running trains to the blue timetable on weekends 7/8, 14/15 and 28/29 plus Tuesday 31, with one steam train and normally a diesel railcar operating each day. On Saturday 21 trains will run to the red timetable with two steam trains and a diesel railcar, whilst on Sunday 22 we’ll be operating to the purple timetable with two steam trains running.
In April trains will operate to the blue timetable on Wednesday 1 and Thursdays 2. On every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in April after that, plus Saturday 4 and Good Friday 10 April it will be the purple timetable in operation with two steam trains running. On the Sunday 5, Easter Saturday 11, Easter Sunday 12, Easter Monday 13 and Saturday 18 April we will be running trains to the red timetable with two steam trains and a diesel railcar in operation. On Sunday 19 April trains will run to the green timetable, with two steam and one heritage diesel hauled trains in operation.
On Easter Monday 13 April there will be fun for all the family when you have the chance to catch one of the GWSR’s ever popular "Easter Eggspress" specials. Climb aboard at either Cheltenham Racecourse or Toddington Station for this 'eggsellent' event which will be taking place at Winchcombe Station.
On the weekend of 25/26 April it is our very special “Wartime in the Cotswolds” event. The event will again have an emphasis on the Home Front. So transport yourself back to September 1940 and imagine you are waiting for a train at a small station on the Great Western Railway. Children are being evacuated to the coast, soldiers are going back to barracks, and aircrew are heading off to airfields in the South and West. "Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag, and smile, smile, smile."
We look forward to another exciting year of heritage trains in 2020.
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