News roundup from the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway

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The Cotswold Steam Celebration may now have passed, which broke records for a Steam Gala on the railway (the Sunday saw 1,800 passengers – an all time record for one day on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway) but there is still plenty to enjoy over the summer.

Thomas the Tank Engine

The next major event is Days Out with Thomas ­- the cheeky blue tank engine created by the Rev. W Awdry in 1943 and made famous the world over, will be visiting the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway this coming weekend, 22 and 23 June. As usual the Fat Controller will be trying to make the engines behave while they struggle with the Troublesome Trucks. Diesel and Daisy will be among the trains running for what promises to be a fun-packed day whether you are 6 or 60. That’s the enduring appeal of ‘Thomas’! Follow this link

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Steam? Diesel? Railcar? You choose on midweek trains!

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout June and July the railway is offering the opportunity to enjoy no less than three different forms of
motive power. We have one steam train, one diesel hauled train and the
diesel rail car. By consulting our timetable you can change trains, spend
the day with us and experience all three. For details of all our services,
follow this link

Back to the Sixties

Over the weekend of June 29th and 30th experience the Sixties on the
Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway. Come along all dressed up in your
platforms, bell-bottoms, Mary Quant mini-dress or other 1960’s gear and join in the fun as you listen to the Beatles, Johnny Cash, the Isley Brothers,
Beach Boys, Dylan, Stones, Superemes… you name it…what a decade. This was the music many of us on the railway grew up with: There will be a nostalgia quiz too, to test your knowledge of music and events. The 1960s was also the decade when the railways changed for ever – it’s when steam replaced diesel and the railway network was decimated by the infamous Dr. Beeching.
What is more, all of this comes at no extra cost and the railway runs its
usual red timetable service. Follow this link
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Ting Ting … any more fares, please?

Who doesn’t have a soft spot for a classic bus? Well on Sunday July 14th
you won’t have to wait as dozens all come along at once during the railway’s
annual popular Bus Rally at Toddington station. Spot the type of bus you
used to go to school on, or went with Sunday School or Youth Club outings.
Or the double-decker that once stopped near your house to take you into
town. It’s not just a rally to look at these wonderfully-preserved
conveyances, you can ride in some of them too. There will be a frequent
vintage bus service, connecting with trains of course, running up to
Broadway Station so you can see for yourself the fantastic progress being
made to build a new station here once again. Follow this link
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The throb of powerful diesels…

The long weekend of Fri 26th to Sun 28th July sees the return of the
Heritage Diesel Weekend and Open Day. The Gloucestershire Warwickshire
Railway houses one of the finest collections of classic diesel locomotives
in the UK and this year should be really special. It will be a chance to
see, for the first time, since withdrawal from the main line of Class 45 no.
45149 (‘Peak’ class) and Class 26 no. 26043 – both of which have undergone
long restoration at Toddington. There will be a chance to see the loco
sheds, a model railway show, classic cars and live music. Read more about it
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The railway is enjoying a fantastic year after the troubles of two separate major landslips effectively put the railway ‘on hold’. These have been repaired thanks to contributions to the railway’s Pete-Waterman-launched ‘emergency appeal’ that raised over £1 million. Now the railway is concentrating on expanding to Broadway and beyond as well as
numerous projects to improve the present line as well as facilities for

For news, information and train times visit

Source:Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway Plc

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