Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway reopens

Published: 09:12AM Oct 31st, 2012
By: Robin Jones

The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway reopened throughout on Tuesday, October 30 following the completion of repairs to the landslip at Chicken Curve near Winchcombe.

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway reopens

Pictured is Cheltenham town crier Ken Brightwell with a crowd of supporters as the reopening train stands at Cheltenham Racecourse station. ROBIN JONES

A packed train headed by WR 4-6-0 No. 7903 Foremarke Hall and carrying 200 guests departed Toddington at 10.30am and became the first to run straight through the Cheltenham Racecourse since the line was hit by two landslips in succession.

The repairs were carried out after £1 million was raised by an appeal launched by Peter Waterman.

After returning to Toddington, the train ran over the northern extension to Laverton, just short of a run-round loop which will be operational next year.

All 12 miles of the railway are now open again.

GWR chairman Malcolm Temple said he was, "overwhelmed by the generosity" of people who had made a donation to repair the line.

He said: "That includes individuals who have put anything from a pound or so in a collection bucket to donating significant sums, including those who signed up as 300 Club members by contributing £1000 or more.

"Other railways have really rallied round to help and we'll never forget the very significant contribution that so many heritage railways have made.”

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