IMPORTANT NOTICE -
Owing to the ongoing Coronavirus issue, and following the latest government advice, the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway has taken the decision to cancel the 2020 Bus Rally. Even if the railway was able to reopen by July, we would lack sufficient time & volunteers to run the event. We apologise for the disappointment and appreciate your understanding.
Welcome to the 2020 GWSR Classic Bus Rally web page.
This year's bus rally will be on the first Sunday of July and will follow a similar format to previous years with up to 40 buses attending and running regular trips for visitors. We will be operating three trains in service on a Green timetable.
The buses will be on display in Toddington car park between about 10.00 and 16.00 on the day. Some of them will be operating a frequent bus service from Toddington on a tour of the local countryside, as we are unable to run to Broadway due to a weak bridge. You get such a wider view of the countryside from a bus, even a single deck one, rather than sitting in a car – it’s often a new experience for your children & grand-children – whichever outing you take! If you enjoyed your bus journey, your appreciation can be shown by any donation put into collection boxes on the buses and help towards the upkeep of these superb samples of our transport heritage or support their owners’ nominated charity.
If you want to see the latest news on buses attending please see our facebook page:- https://www.facebook.com/GWSRBUSRALLY.
ENTERING YOUR BUS
If you wish to attend with your bus, please download and complete this form and email it to me at the email address given on the form. Each bus will get 2 free tickets to ride the trains on the day as a reward plus a memento on the day! Please note that the route for buses to the railway this year will need to take account of the weak bridge problem at Bridge 8 on the B4632 road between Toddington and Broadway where a monitored 3 tonne gross vehicle weight limit has been imposed and traffic light one-way working is in operation. We will welcome buses of any age and in particular double deck and open top buses. We have to limit the number of coaches entering and will not accept new coaches.
We will have a number of stalls attending selling books, bus and railway memorabilia and models of buses and trains, also a small number of stalls run by the bus owners where the proceeds go towards maintenance of their respective vehicles.
For Trade stands for businesses selling goods at the bus rally, we charge £30 for a pitch covering 2 parking bays. Extra bays are £15.00 each. Please complete the application form attached for Trade stands for businesses selling goods here and return it to the Admin Office at Toddington Station with your payment.
Entry to the bus rally in Toddington car park will be free as will the bus rides from Toddington.
Visitors can enjoy a trip along the railway between Broadway and Cheltenham Race Course stations at normal ticket prices. Vouchers issued to GWRT Members and GWSR Shareholders will all be valid. You can buy your tickets on the day at the booking office at any of our main stations, or in advance online (in which case you will save time queuing at the booking office). Click on the 'Book tickets now' button below and change the calendar to July, then buy tickets for 5th July.
David Martin, Event Coordinator.