22. Railway Line
Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway
Known as the Friendly Line in the Cotswolds, the GWR is a steam and diesel heritage railway which runs for some 14 miles between Cheltenham Racecourse via Winchcombe and Toddington to 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. Currently, 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. Platform 2 has been constructed but is not yet available for use, and work to complete the footbridge is still in progress. The signal box is complete, and the railway’s signalling engineers are engaged in connecting up the signals and points.
The railway runs trains between March and October, and also between Christmas and New Year. Full details of timetables and special events can be found on the railway’s websit ( www.gwsr.com). Tickets can be purchased in advance on the website, or on the day of travel at one of our stations.
COVID-19: Please check with the website ( www.gwsr.com) for the current situation. We ask all visitors to abide by any guidelines regarding wearing of masks etc that may be in place at the time of your visit and to be mindful of other people's sensibilities.
A Blog giving details of our work at Broadway station can be found at: https://friendsofbroadwaystation.blogspot.com/