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Through the good offices of the Gloucester Warwickshire Steam Railway management, and David Gardner of GWR, we are able to offer a special in-depth tour of the impressive GWSR heritage line, involving a 30-mile round trip.  Originally opened in 1906, the line was closed to passengers in 1960 and to freight in 1976.  It reopened as a heritage railway in 1984.

We will join our train at Toddington and will travel the whole length of the line, including the new extension to Broadway, which will only just have opened the previous week; and, of course, to Cheltenham Race Course station.

Depart:       Paddington at 08.20

Return:        Paddington at 19.06

Highlights of the day will include:

Return travel in either 1st or Standard Class on GWR (125 or Hitachi Class 800 IEP) on the route Paddington / Honeybourne / Cheltenham Spa / Paddington

Complimentary refreshments and lounge access for 1st Class passengers on GWR.

The chance to be one of the pioneer passengers to travel the new 3-mile extension to Broadway

Travel in their newly refurbished GWSR 1st Class Coach

Cross the 15-arch Stanway Viaduct on our 30-mile steam hauled round trip

3-course lunch in the railway’s Flag & Whistle Café

Coffee and biscuits on the journey to Broadway

Tour of motive power shed

All coach transfers


Total cost:

1st Class:           £149:00

Standard Class:  £89:00 

In addition, a gratuity of £5.00 per person will be collected on the day.


To book, please complete the booking form in the Winter 2018 issue of Friends News.