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 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. As at August 2021 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.
Following easing of Covid restrictions on 19 July 2021 a full service is running. Visitors are requested to wear face coverings inside the shops, buffet cars and cafes (when not eating or drinking), and in open carriages on the trains when they are busy. Services run on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays. Full details of timetables and events can be found on the railway’s website ( www.gwsr.com). Tickets can be purchased in advance on the website, or on the day of travel at one of our stations.
A Blog giving details of our work at Broadway station can be found at: https://friendsofbroadwaystation.blogspot.com/