HERITAGE Railway and its sister title The Railway Magazine are to sponsor the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway’s May 26-28 spring bank holiday Cotswold Festival of Steam – which this year has the theme Give my regards to Broadway.
The high-profile event will celebrate the railway’s extension into its new Broadway station – and topping the bill will be GWR ‘blue King’ 4-6-0 No. 6023 King Edward II – which afterwards has been booked to spend the summer on the Dartmouth Steam Railway.
It is believed to be the first time a King has worked over the line, although there is a rumour that No. 6000 King George V made a positioning move in the 1970s before the line was closed by BR.
Two further guests were being negotiated as we close for press. For the first time, the G/WR will be operating five train sets using eight locomotives. One will be the line’s DMU which will have its drives disconnected so it can be loco-hauled and one will be a freight.
Footplate rides on home fleet locomotives will be £99 each, while brakevan rides will be offered for £10 for a round trip between Toddington and Cheltenham. A classic bus service will between Toddington and Broadway stations and via Broadway village itself.
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