Toddington Steam Railway


30 March 2002



While Helen was at home, we decided to spend a day at our local tourist attraction, the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway (GWR).


The line runs from Toddington to just past Winchcombe at present, but work is in hand to extend it to Cheltenham Racecourse.  A wide variety of rolling stock is owned by the GWR, mostly from the age of steam, and much of it still awaiting restoration.




Toddington Station is just a few minutes’ walk for us.  The station has been fully restored and there are extensive sidings and a goods shed.



A fine sunny start to our day


The station staff are there to greet the passengers





Our engine for the morning run is to be the King George




Being a holiday weekend, the train is filling up rapidly, and we have to buy first-class tickets to get a carriage to ourselves


Teresa and Jay settle in




First stop is Winchcombe station, beautifully restored





On the way we pass signal boxes outside Winchcombe and Gotherington



The carriages have narrow corridors running down one side of the car




The compartments have wooden décor and tasteful pictures


















After our first run, we watch preparations for the next departure, which is to be pulled by a diesel (right)– not so popular – and we give it a miss, returning later for an evening run on another steam hauled train






We see our engine taking on water for the journey






It is a much bigger beast than the little King George from the morning







It fills the sky with black smoke from its boiler







Winchcombe again





On the way, we pass the Pullman cars, on which we hope to be travelling later this month



This time, we return to Toddington on the up line, and have to cross the footbridge, from which we get a good view of the station






Our engine detached itself, and makes its way to the sidings for the night






We look forward to the next event








Diary 2002



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