|Date:||Tuesday, 26 June 2018|
|Cost:||£32.50 Non U3A members £35.00|
|Pick up points:||Crab and Winkle, Werrington at 7.30, Bretton Centre at 7.40, Thorpe Meadows at 7.50. RETURN TO PETERBOROUGH ABOUT 20.00|
|Booking deadline:||26 May 2018|
The railway occupies part of the GWR main line from Stratford-on-Avon to Cheltenham and is now operated by the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway Plc. The line was closed by BR in 1979. There were unsuccessful efforts made to prevent closure, but the movement to acquire and rebuild the railway is one of the most remarkable preservation stories in the annals of UK railway preservation.
In October 1980 it was announced that BR had advised the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway Society that it was prepared to sell the track bed between Cheltenham and Honeybourne and between Stratford-on-Avon and Long Marston. In 1981, it was reported that terms for purchase of 15 miles of the line had been agreed and the following year, the locomotives arrived at Toddington, plus rolling stock and equipment. Track laying started in 1983 and on Christmas Eve 1983 the Light Railway Order was issued. Trains started to operate from Toddington in April 1984.
Today, track has been laid over the 15 mile route and should reach the picturesque Cotswold town at Easter 2018. Train services are operated by both fully restored steam and diesel locomotives – the full length of which can be experienced during our visit. It is planned that we catch the 11.32 steam service from Toddington to Broadway, then return via Cheltenham Race Course station by 14.40. This will give time to explore the railway facilities at Toddington and, consulting the time table, be able to view Broadway for a short time (station about 20 minutes from the main street).
We will depart from Toddington for home at about 16.30, depending on how long the outward journey takes.
NB. Tickets will be issued at Toddington to each individual and be Rover tickets.