22. Railway Line
On Good Friday, 30 March 2018, the golden age of steam will return to Broadway, 58 years after the last train pulled out of its picturesque old station. Broadway's station was demolished by British Rail in 1963. Since 2009 volunteer workers of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway (GWR) have been painstakingly rebuilding the station and restoring it to its former glory. As at January 2018 the station’s two platforms and signal box are complete and the main station building, which will be in keeping with the original¸ is near completion. The rails are in place through the station, but will require ballasting before services can start. Initially, facilities at the new station will be limited, and there will be no public parking at the station. Visitors using cars should park in the existing car parks in Broadway village, or use the free parking areas at Toddington or Cheltenham Racecourse and travel to Broadway by train.
On the first three weekends in March 2018 services will run between Cheltenham Racecourse via Winchcombe and Toddington and Little Buckland, some 2 miles short of Broadway. From 30 March services will run over the full length of the line, with a special timetable (see website for details) over the Easter holiday (30 March to 2 April). Thereafter, trains will run on weekends and some weekdays until the end of October, and between Christmas and New Year. The railway holds a number of special events throughout the year.
Timetables are available from Broadway's Tourist Information Centre and many cafes and pubs in the village, or can be viewed online at www.gwsr.com
More information can be found at http://broadwaystationgroup.blogspot.co.uk/