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.
There is no public parking at the station itself, apart from limited space for disabled visitors displaying a valid blue badge. A council-run pay and display car park is situated close to the station, under the bridge and across the main road. If you pay £5 for 10 hours' parking you will receive a voucher for £3, redeemable at the station booking office against one railway ticket. Note: the voucher is only valid if you travel on the same day that you park and is not usable in conjunction with any other discount or voucher. Full terms and conditions will be on display at the booking office.
There is free parking available at Toddington or Cheltenham Racecourse stations. Disabled visitors are encouraged to use the car park at Toddington, where more facilities are available.
The railway is open at weekends except for January, February and November, and on weekdays and Bank Holidays between Easter and the end of October. Trains also run 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 at www.gwsr.com
A blog giving details of our work at Broadway station can be found at: https://friendsofbroadwaystation.blogspot.com/