22. Railway Line
Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway
Known as the Friendly Line in the Cotswolds, the GWR is a steam and diesel heritage railway that runs for some 14 miles between Cheltenham Racecourse and Broadway. Since 1981 the railway’s volunteers have restored the line together with the platforms, buildings, steam and diesel locomotives and rolling stock.
Broadway Railway Station
On Good Friday, 30 March 2018, the golden age of steam returned 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 March 2020 the main station building on platform 1, which is in keeping with the original, is fully operational. It includes a booking hall, toilet facilities and a refreshment room.
However, there is much more to be done. The footbridge is not in use: the span and staircase steelwork are in place and the staircase treads have been fitted. Work to complete the staircase side panels will continue through the year. Platform 2 has been constructed but is not yet available for use. The signal box is complete, and the railway’s signalling engineers are engaged in connecting up the signals and points.
Due to government restrictions in response to the Covid pandemic work by our volunteers had to cease over the winter lockdown, but is expected to resume at the end of March 2021.
Due to Government pandemic restrictions the railway has been closed, but it is planned that a train service will restart from 13 April 2021. The resumed service will comprise pre-bookable round trips, starting and finishing at Toddington station, and will only be bookable online at www.gwsr.com. Services will run on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays with Covid restrictions in place.
Please check on the railway’s website (www.gwsr.com) for the latest news.
A Blog giving details of our work at Broadway station can be found at: https://friendsofbroadwaystation.blogspot.com/