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Exploring History: A Journey Along the renowned Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway

Image Credit: Terence Richardson
Nestled amidst the serene beauty of picturesque Broadway in the Cotswolds, our Cotswold Cottages offer the perfect base for train enthusiasts eager to explore the wonders of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway (GWSR). Immerse yourself in the rich heritage of steam travel and embark on a journey back in time from the comfort of our charming Lower Mill and Laburnum Cottages.

As you step outside your door, you'll find yourself just a short distance away from the charming Broadway railway station, where the allure of vintage locomotives and the promise of adventure await. With our cottages as your home base, you'll have the ideal starting point for an unforgettable exploration of this iconic heritage of this renowned Cotswold steam and diesel railway.

In this blog we want you to embark on a journey back in time as we delve into the fascinating world of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway (GWSR), a heritage railway steeped in history and charm. Nestled in the heart of England, this remarkable railway offers a glimpse into the golden era of steam travel and the legacy of the celebrated Great Western Railway. Join us as we uncover some intriguing facts and highlights of this iconic railway line:

Route and Restoration: Stretching across a picturesque 14-mile track between Cheltenham Racecourse and Broadway, the GWSR traverses stunning countryside landscapes. Closed in 1976, the railway underwent a remarkable restoration effort driven by dedicated volunteers, with stages reopening over the years.

Broadway Station: At the northern terminus lies the iconic Broadway station, meticulously reconstructed to mirror its original Great Western Railway design. Today, it stands as a beacon of history and heritage, welcoming visitors to step back in time.

Heritage Rolling Stock: The GWSR boasts a captivating collection of heritage rolling stock, including meticulously restored steam and diesel locomotives, carriages, and wagons. Each piece tells a story of bygone eras and the evolution of railway travel.

Steam Locomotives: Enthusiasts and passengers alike are enchanted by the sight and sound of the steam locomotives that grace the tracks of the GWSR. Former Great Western Railway engines evoke nostalgia and provide an authentic steam travel experience.

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Events and Special Services: Throughout the year, the GWSR hosts an array of themed train rides, dining experiences, and special events. From family outings to railway enthusiasts, these offerings captivate audiences of all ages. The Santa Express in the festive season is one not to be missed.

The Ale and Steam Beer Festival in 2024: starts on Friday June 14 at 10.30am until Sunday June 16 at 5.00pm

Held over three summer days in June at Toddington and Winchcome Railway Stations enjoy the wonderful combination of real ale and cider with iconic steam trains.

Travel between these two delightful stations on a steam or diesel train and try some of the wonderful choices of many of these real ales and ciders on offer in this delightful atmosphere. So come along and enjoy this event,

Organised in conjunction with the North Cotswold CAMRA branch and GWSR, tickets and information are available here.

Volunteer-Run Operation: Central to the GWSR's success are its dedicated volunteers, whose passion and commitment keep the railway running smoothly. Their invaluable contributions span from track maintenance to the operation of the trains, ensuring the preservation of railway heritage.

Education Programs: The GWSR's outreach extends to educational programs, inviting schools and groups to explore the history of railways, engineering, and transportation. These immersive experiences foster a deeper appreciation for the railway's significance.

Cotswold Views: As the railway winds its way through the picturesque Cotswold countryside, passengers are treated to breathtaking views as you travel over the impressive Stanway Viaduct with its 15 majestic arches. It's a journey that not only delights the senses but also offers a glimpse into the timeless beauty of The Cotswolds, the rolling hills and quaint Cotswold stone villages.

Connections to the Past: Riding the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway is more than just a scenic excursion—it's a connection to the past. With every chug of the locomotive and whistle of the steam, passengers are transported to an era of romance and adventure, reliving the magic of steam travel.

Stanway Viaduct: Constructed in 1903/04 being 200 metres long and having a total of 15 arches each being 11 metres high maintenance work has now just been completed. This iconic viaduct part of the Gloucester and Warwickshire Steam Railway is on the section between Broadway Station and Toddington Station

Visiting the celebrated Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway promises an unforgettable experience, where history comes alive amidst the gentle rhythm of the rails. Whether you're a railway enthusiast or a curious traveller, stay in our Cotswold Cottages in Broadway and enjoy this remarkable journey and experience through time.