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Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway

‘The Honeybourne Line’ set in the spectacular Cotswolds

The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway runs along a part of the former Great Western Railway line from Birmingham to Cheltenham, via Stratford-upon-Avon. A train ride on the scenic line offers terrific views of the beautiful Cotswold countryside and villages.

Brief History

The railway is being extended northwards to Broadway, at present the extension has gone as far as Laverton where a bridge has been reinstated, the former GWR station at Broadway is currently being rebuilt.

All this work has been completed by volunteers, using revenue generated from railway operations and shareholder capital, the railway is also operated by qualified volunteers.

Getting There

In 2011 & 2012 the Gloucester Warwickshire Railway is running as two railways, Cheltenham Racecourse to Winchcombe and Toddington to Laverton.

By train - The nearest mainline station to the GWSR is Cheltenham Spa.

By bus - On Mondays to Saturdays, frequent buses serve Cheltenham Racecourse Park and Ride, which is about ¾ mile from the station. Castleways Buses operate to Winchcombe and Toddington from Royal Well in Cheltenham. Use the link below to the Gloucestershire County Council for more information on public transport.

By car - Either Toddington or Cheltenham Racecourse are ideal as both have large car parks although there is no parking for GWR passengers at Cheltenham Racecourse on race days. Winchcombe station also has limited parking.

Cheltenham Racecourse station and car park are within the grounds of the racecourse, from the roundabout on the A435, drive past the racecourse buildings on the right, the station is on the left down an incline.

Gotherington Halt is accessed by a footpath off Granna Lane in the village, there is no parking facility for GWR passengers at the station.

Winchcombe station is actually in the village of Greet on the B4078 about a mile from the town.

Toddington station is off the B4077 close to the B4632 roundabout and is close to the village, The Toddington Narrow Gauge Railway operated by the North Gloucestershire Railway is located across the large car park from the GWR station.

Map

The map below shows the location of all the stations on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, click on any of the markers to see the station name. Use the zoom and pan tools to explore the map. Postcodes, OS map references and coordinates are given below the map.

Attractions and Facilities

Operation

Service

Every weekend from March to December and 2-3 weekdays each week from April to September, no trains run on Christmas Day. Trains are mostly steam hauled except where indicated on the timetable when heritage diesel locomotives are used. Click on the link below to view the timetable on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway website.

Note: in 2011 & 2012 the GWSR is being operated as two railways due the the embankment collapse at Chicken Curve; a steam or heritage diesel hauled service operates between Cheltenham Racecourse and Winchcombe and a heritage DMU runs from Toddington over the recently opened section to Laverton.

Locomotives

The line is home to several privately owned locomotives in addition to those owned by the railway. Steam locomotives on the railway include:

Heritage diesels include:

Heritage DMUs

Stock

Trains mostly consist of BR Mk1 coaches dating from the 1950s and 1960s, some trains include a restaurant car, these are indicated on the timetable. The GWSR is also home to:

Links

Review

Toddington is the headquarters of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway and has the most facilities of any of the stations including an excellent tea room, shop, children’s play area and what is referred to as a museum. I would have called it a display of railway memorabilia, the collection is housed in a GWR Collett Brake Coach dating from 1935, in the bay platform. The main station building, goods shed and signal box shell are original, the other structures have been built by the GWSR.

The main station building at Wichcombe was relocated stone by stone from Monmouth Troy, the stone toilet block and waiting room have been recently built by the GWSR. To the east of the station is the Carriage and Wagon Department where the railway’s rolling stock is restored and maintained.

Gotherington Halt only has a short platform and no other facilities, the original station building and the opposite platform were acquired by a railway enthusiast who has converted it to his home. The station is an ideal starting point for discovering the area on foot.

Cheltenham Racecourse station was built by the Great Western Railway and was only used on race days. The timber booking hall is original and has been refurbished. Access to the platform which is in a cutting is via a sloping path, the platform and it’s building were built by the GWSR.

In addition to enjoying the sight sound and smell of a steam railway the 10 mile line runs through beautiful Cotswold countryside and delightful stone villages and offers some fine views across the Avon and Severn valleys.

The Toddington Narrow Gauge Railway is just across the car park from the GWSR station but only runs on certain days so if you want to visit both, check before you go.

The GWSR has experienced a further embankment collapse that has severed the railway in two. Whilst work continues to raise money to finance the rebuilding of this slip, (which occurred as a result of the recent bad winters) the railway offers two completely different experiences. A steam hauled 14 mile round trip from Cheltenham Race Course to Winchcombe and a 9 mile round trip from Toddington to Laverton by DMU. click on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway link below for full details.

When the landslip problem is resolved and the extension to Broadway, one of the most beautiful villages in the Cotswolds, is complete, the length of the line will be increased to 15 miles and will establish the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway among Britain’s premier heritage lines.

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway at a Glance

Type: Preserved Railway

Gauge: Standard, 4’ 8½”

Length: 7 + 4½ miles

Stations: 4 + 1 halt

First opened: 1906

Closed: 1960 (passenger) 1976 (freight)

Re-opened in preservation: 1984

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Contact Details

Headquarters Address:






Telephone:

email:

 

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway plc,
The Station, Toddington,
Cheltenham,
Glos.
GL54 5DT

01242 621405

enquiries@gwsr.com

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Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway
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Laverton

Station

Postcode

OS map ref

Coordinates

Cheltenham Racecourse

GL50 4SH

SO 954 251

Lat: 51.924400N Long: 2.068299W

Gotherington Halt

GL52 9QZ

SO 975 298

Lat: 51.966670N Long: 2.037797W

Winchcombe

GL54 5LD

SP 025 297

Lat: 51.965772N Long: 1.965022W

Toddington

GL54 5DT

SP 050 323

Lat: 51.989131N Long: 1.928597W

Laverton

 

SP 066 358

Lat: 52.020582N Long: 1.905231W

Broadway