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Toddington Narrow Gauge Railway

Neighbour of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway

The Toddington Narrow Gauge Railway is situated close to the Cotswold village of the same name across the car park from the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway.

Getting there

By train - Travel to Toddington from other stations on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, refer to the GWSR page for more information.

By car - Toddington station is off the B4077 close to the B4632 roundabout and is close to the village, The Toddington Narrow Gauge Railway is located across the large car park from the GWSR station.

Attractions and Facilities

The Toddington Narrow Gauge Railway is across the car park from the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway and shares its facilities:


 

 

Map

The map below shows the location of the Toddington Narrow Gauge Railway, click on the marker to see the  postcode. Use the zoom and pan tools to explore the map.

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Contact Details

email: information@toddington-narrow-gauge.co.uk

Toddington Narrow Gauge Railway
at a Glance

Type: Narrow Gauge Railway

Gauge: Narrow, 2’ 0”

Length: ½ mile

Stations: 2

First opened: 1985

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Didbrook
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Review

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 personal impression.

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 Toddington.

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Map | Getting there | Attractions & Facilities | Operation | Brief History | Review | Links

Operation

Service

The Toddington Narrow Gauge Railway is only open on certain weekends and bank holidays, click on the image under links below for details.

Locomotives

2ft gauge industrial steam and diesel traction from the UK, Belgium, Poland and South Africa owned by the North Gloucestershire Railway Co. Ltd.

Stock

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.

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Brief History

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.

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