Wednesday 21st March was a memorable day for the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway when the first passenger carrying trains were operated to the newly opened Broadway station. 4 special trains were run from Winchcombe and Toddington and along the new extension to Broadway, the 10:00, 12:00 and 14:00 departures from Toddington being steam hauled and the 16:00 diesel hauled by D6948, chosen because of its steam heat capability. This marked several ‘firsts’ – the first diesel hauled passenger train ever to call at Broadway station (it was closed in 1960), and the first diesel hauled passenger train to work along the GWR’s new extension into Broadway station.
As a way of commemorating the event, the loco carried the head codes of the ‘The Cornishman’ which ran over the line from 1952 to 1962, 1C33 09:00 Wolverhampton Low Level-Penzance and 1H32 10:30 Penzance-Wolverhampton Low Level.
The Group’s AGM will be held on Sunday 4th March commencing at 11:00 at Toddington Village Hall. Directions to the Hall can be found here: http://toddingtonvillagehall.org/location.htm
PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF VENUE to that advised in the Growler magazine.
All members are welcome and indeed encouraged to attend. It is your Group and it’s a great opportunity to meet the committee, ask questions and find out what is happening.
The first passenger trains on the newly re-opened GWR extension to its Broadway terminus will be operating on the 21st and 22nd March. These special trains will be reserved for Volunteers and Shareholders only and we are very pleased to say that D6948 will be operating the last service on each day as follows:
1Z26 16:00 Toddington-Winchcombe (15:20 from Broadway)
1Z26 16:30 Winchcombe-Broadway
1Z28 17:20 Broadway-Toddington
D6948 (providing steam heat) will be working scheduled services on the GWR on 26th December and 1st January when it will work the 15:55 Toddington-Cheltenham Racecourse and 16:40 return. It is also booked to work the following trains during the GWR’s annual Christmas Cracker event on the 29th and 30th December:
1C10 10:00 Toddington-Cheltenham Racecourse (piloting steam locomotive 7820 on 29th and 7903 on the 30th)
2L19 11:30 Cheltenham Racecourse-Buckland
2L39 15:40 Cheltenham Racecourse-Buckland
Click on the link above for full details including timetable.
Please come and support winter diesel running on the GWR.