When I visited the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway it was on a day when the
Toddington Narrow Gauge Railway was not running. I got to see Toddington Station
but the locomotives and coaches were tucked away in their shed so I can’t give a
Trains depart from Toddington to California Crossing where passengers can alight
to visit the signal box and engine shed. Ten minutes later the train proceeds to
the southern terminus at Didbrook loop (passengers cannot alight here) and then returns
non stop to Toddington. The return journey takes 25 minutes.
Unless you are a seriously dedicated narrow gauge fan, it’s unlikely you would want
to travel far for this ½ mile railway alone. However every day that the narrow gauge
line is open, the adjacent Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway is running. A ride
on the Toddington Narrow Gauge Railway adds to the whole experience of a visit to
The Toddington Narrow Gauge Railway is only open on certain weekends and bank holidays,
click on the image under links below for details.
2ft gauge industrial steam and diesel traction from the UK, Belgium, Poland and South
Africa owned by the North Gloucestershire Railway Co. Ltd.
Bagnall (2820) 4-4-0T Isibutu built in 1946
Hunslet (680) 0-4-0ST George B built in 1898
Hunslet (2075) 0-4-2T Chaka built in 1940
Jung (939) 0-4-0WT Justine built in 1906
Henschel (15968) 0-8-0T Brigadelok built in 1918
Ruston and Hornsby (166010) 4wDM built in 1932
Ruston and Hornsby (181820) 4wDM built in 1936
Ruston and Hornsby (354028) 4wDM built in 1953
Lister (34523) 4wDM built in 1949
Motor Rail (4565) 4wPM built in 1928
Motor Rail (7053) 4wPM built in 1937
On rainy days a carriage that is a very rare survivor from the narrow gauge railways
of Poland is used, the other carriages are open for a more intimate view of railway
operation. Nearly all of the rolling stock is kept under cover in a large shed that
is open when trains are running.
The Toddington Narrow Gauge is operated by the North Gloucestershire Railway, it
runs for approximately ½ mile alongside the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway
from Toddington Station.
The line and stations were built by the NGR but the locomotives and stock that run
on it are preserved hence it’s inclusion on British Heritage Railways. The line was
built in 1985 when the Dowty Railway Preservation Society needed a new home for its
collection of narrow gauge rolling stock. The rail used on the railway was purchased
from the Southend Pier Railway.
An ex Midland Railway signal box has been relocated at California Crossing, it came
from Gloucester and served the Birmingham to Bristol main line.