The Railway and Old Station House

The line was originally part of the Great Western Railway's Cheltenham–Stratford-upon-Avon–Birmingham line, known as the Honeybourne Line, built in 1900–1906, and runs through the Cotswold towns of Winchcombe and Bishop's Cleeve.[1] The line was run down over the years and finally closed after a derailment damaged a stretch of track in 1976, with the double track being lifted from 1979.

The preservation group rehabilitated the line, starting steam train operations at Toddington in 1984 over 700 yards of re-laid track. In 1987 the line was restored as far as Winchcombe where the station was reconstructed using the former Monmouth Troy station building. The railway continued to re-lay track south of Winchcombe, through the 693 yard long Greet Tunnel, and past the villages of Gretton, Gotherington and Bishops Cleeve.[2] This culminated in the reopening of the line to Cheltenham Racecourse in 2003, by HRH The Princess Royal.

The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway (known as the 'G-WR') runs trains from March to the end of December[3] with the line closing during January and February for major line and locomotive maintenance. The G-WR runs regular train services every weekend and most weekdays during the summer, and some weekends are used to host special events including steam and diesel galas, Day out with Thomas events and Santa Specials. The railway operates a wide variety of both steam and heritage diesel locomotives, as well as heritage multiple units. These have included the world-famous locomotive 4472 "Flying Scotsman" and equally famous 3440 "City of Truro", which was reputedly the first engine to reach 100 mph, in 1904.

In 2011 the resident steam locomotives are ex-GWR 'Modified Hall' Class no.7903 'Foremarke Hall', ex-GWR '28XX' Class no.2807 and an LMS-designed '8F' Class that has been repatriated after a lifetime working in Turkey. To complement the running stock a collection of over 210 carriages and wagons of various origins has been compiled and many are still being restored.

The Old Station House was built in 1903 to provide accommodation for the Broadway Station Master. Following the closure of the line the house was sold and extended by the new owners. Old Station House has been run as a Guest House for many years and provides the perfect base for visiting Broadway and the Cotswolds. The GWR are presently re-building Broadway Station exactly as it was and re-laying the track so that steam services will again run from Broadway to the Cheltenham race course. For more information on the progress of the restoration click on the photo to the right.

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