TRAINS are set to return to the tourist honeypot of Broadway on March 30 next year – after the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway’s £1.25 million share issue to fund its northern extension went £800,000 over its target.
Broadway now features in the 2018 timetable, which is currently being prepared for publication.
The town’s station saw its last passenger trains in April 1960, with the buildings being demolished later.
The tracks of the extension are now close to the town. Stabilisation of the embankment just south of Broadway station has been completed: a technique called ‘soil nailing’ has been used which will ensure the embankment will remain solid for generations to come.
The track does not yet cross the embankment, but it has reached Childswickham. The permanent way gang has switched its attention to Broadway, and has been concentrating on laying the headshunts and associated pointwork north of the new station to the railway’s current boundary.
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