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 email@example.com 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).
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 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. Please note parking at Toddington will be very limited because the recent rainy weather has made the event parking field adjacent to the station largely unusable. You are therefore asked to drive to Broadway or Cheltenham Race Course Stations instead.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
November, December and January
The Railway normally takes a short break in November, but this year it's a shorter break than usual! On the weekend of 1st and 2nd November we'll be running our normal purple timetable and 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 20 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 green timetable with at least two steam trains and a heritage diesel hauled trains running. On 27, 30 and 21 December we'll be running trains to the purple timetable with two steam trains operating.
Your last chance to ride on our trains this season will be 1 January 2020 when the green timetable will be in operation.
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