22. Railway Line
Broadway Railway Station is a former Great Western Railway station that opened in 1904, and operated up until its closure to the public in 1960. The sight of steam trains and locomotives pulling through the Broadway Decades later, after the station buildings were demolished and the track was reclaimed by nature, a collective effort began in 2009 on the reconstruction of the station, to bring it back to its former glory with the reconnecting of the line between Cheltenham and Broadway.
The Railway, which is completely volunteer-led, has a dedicated team working two days a week (Wednesdays and Saturdays) at the site on Station Road. At the time of writing, both platforms have been constructed, the footbridge span has been erected, a signal box on platform 2 has been built, and bricklaying on the main station building has begun. Work is expected to be completed in 2017, and by early 2018 it is hoped that the Broadway Railway will once again be operational after fifty years since the last steam train pulled out of its station.
With a funding shortfall of half a million pounds, the project to restore the Broadway Railway Station remains entirely dependent on volunteers and the generosity of sponsors and donors. If you would like to know more, or how you can get involved, visit http://www.gwsr.com/support/broadway---the-last-mile.aspx