Gloucestershire Warwickshire (GWR) Steam Railway
With its principal station at Toddington in the North Cotswolds a visit to the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway (GWR) is well worth while to the steam rail enthusiast and for nostalgic visitors who enjoy the novelty of travelling by steam train. You can now travel by train to the Cotswolds village of Broadway in addition to the Cotswold town of Winchcombe and Cheltenham Racecourse.
The original construction of the line commenced in 1899. Following its closure a Society was formed in 1976 in order to restore some of the facilities of travel by steam.
1984 saw the first train running over just a short length of line and since that date the line has been considerably extended. In 2003 HRH Princess Royal (Princess Anne) declared the extension to Cheltenham Racecourse open.
Visitors can now enjoy a round trip of 28 miles. It now operates steam and heritage diesel trains between Cheltenham Racecourse, Winchcombe and Broadway through some of the most spectacular scenery in the Cotswolds. The line commands wonderful views of the nearby sleepy hamlets and villages, with outstanding outlooks across to the Malvern Hills and beyond passing through Didbrook and near the ruins of Hailes Abbey, the picturesque route has views of the Cotswolds and Evesham Vale.
Just a short distance away from Winchcombe Station (which is in Greet) is the 2nd longest tunnel on a UK preserved railway with a length of 693 yards.
Besides serving Cheltenham horse racing fraternity on race days there are many activities.
- Transport nostalgia days.
- Paddington Bear special
- Steam and Vintage rallies.
- Diesel Specials
- Santa Specials
- Fish and Chip specials and Dining trains
- Driving and Firing courses (cost £300)
For further information and bookings -
Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway plc,
The Railway Station,
Telephone 01242 621405, see GWR website.
Toddington Station stands near the junction of the B4077 and B4632 roads and is signposted. Adequate parking is available.