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Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway

Operates from Toddington Station between Cheltenham and Broadway.

Steam trains and diesel trips and experiences based in Toddington, between Cheltenham and Broadway.

Given the, ahem, mixed reviews that Britain's regional rail services get, we reckon one of the best options would be to simply hand things over to the team and volunteers behind the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway. In recent years they've dealt with the constant need to raise cash, a landslip (a la Railway Children) and have even managed to open up a new station (Broadway). It's a remarkable achievement. The Toddington tea room has a sturdy Brief Encounter vibe too.

To use GWR, check the timetables online (or there are brochures around the Cotswolds). Some services are diesel and most are steam and the run on a route with stops at Cheltenham Racecourse, Gotherington, Winchcombe, Toddington and finally Broadway (and vice versa). The railway is only 14 miles long, typically just under an hour for the whole route and railheads will enjoy the fact that the route includes both a longish tunnel and a section over a viaduct. Gotherington, by the way, is not so well-known, but a good stop for walkers. You can also request a stop at Hales Abbey Halt for a visit to the historic abbey site.

If you're staying in the area and can plan in advance, do also check out GWR's special events calendar for events such as a steam and real ale weekend, fish and chip evenings and Santa specials.  You can even book yourself in for a one day engine driver course. 

The sight of a steam train rattling through the Cotswolds countryside is a stirring one and a ride on the train is a lot of fun - as well as being a smart way to arrive in busy Broadway, if you’re Cheltenham-based.  Opt for a one day Rover ticket for unlimited hopping on and off.

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Russells of Broadway is convenient for the Broadway end of things.

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway

Operates from Toddington Station between Cheltenham and Broadway
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