There’s nothing more emotive than seeing a steam train puffing its way through the countryside and soon we will be seeing the trains pull into Broadway.
Broadway station is re-opening on 30th March 2018 – Good Friday – and the station is coming together fast.
Broadway station was opened in 1904 with the line running from Honeybourne to Broadway. The line was gradually extended and reached Cheltenham in 1906. The railway flourished until the 1950s when passenger numbers started to decline and Broadway station was closed to passengers in March 1960. The station buildings were
demolished by British Rail in 1963 with the goods yard closing in 1964. The railway line was occasionally used up to 1976 when a coal train derailed near Winchcombe causing significant damage to the track and in 1979 the track itself was removed.
Even before the track had been lifted, the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway (GWR) was formed to try to protect the line and by 1981 – only 2 years after it was lifted – the GWR started relaying the track!
Volunteers from the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway (GWR) have been painstakingly rebuilding Broadway station and restoring it to its former glory. The work has included rebuilding the station’s two platforms and signal box together with the footbridge over the railway and a ticket office. Laying of the track is continuing with the track now within sight of Broadway station to join the station up with the existing line which runs through Toddington and Winchcombe down to Cheltenham Racecourse. The railway line is 13 miles long running through the spectacular Cotswolds English countryside.
The GWR have been very busy and it is all volunteer run with a dedicated team working two days a week at the site on Station Road, Broadway.
The railway currently runs both steam and diesel trains. In addition to enjoying the ride on the train, there are ‘driver experience days’ where you can learn how to drive a steam locomotive or diesel – a great idea for a special birthday maybe! There are also regular events such as diesel weekends, ‘Wartime in the Cotswolds’ and of course special events for Halloween and Christmas. Various events are also held in their car park at Toddington including Bus Rallies and Classic Vehicles, together with Food & Drink Fayres. The yard buildings at Toddington can also be visited to see the locomotives under restoration.
So start planning to take a ride on the train from Broadway station in Spring 2018. Or if you can’t wait that long, you can pop down to Toddington to join the railway there and enjoy the ride back up towards Broadway before journeying down to Cheltenham Racecourse.
Apple Tree Bed and Breakfast
Apple Tree House, Station Road, Broadway, Cotswolds WR12 7DE
Tel: 01386 853681