The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway is nestled running through the magnificent rolling countryside of the Cotswolds. The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway (GWSR), is a heritage railway using part of the Great Western Railway’s old line. There is a choice of steam or diesel trains running from Cheltenham Racecourse and Laverton, and it is a very beautiful trip. There are huge views over towards the Malvern Hills, glorious yellow fields, and lots of small newborn lambs. Eventually the railway will extend all the way to Broadway. The railway is run by volunteers.
The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway runs both steam and diesel locomotives so you need to check the timetable if you want to catch a specific one. We were aiming for steam and started from the Cheltenham end of the line.
We boarded the train and got underway. The train stopped at Gotherington and Winchcombe, before arriving at our planned destination of Toddington. We got off at Toddington to enjoy a picnic in the sunshine, a hot drink from the restaurant, and a run around the well placed play area. The stations are very beautiful, lots of flower beds around the old signal boxes, old milk churns, and plenty of other historical artefacts around the throw back station areas. When we got off the train, we were treated to such a special spectacle. We watched the steam engine detach from the carriages, and go up the line, before it tooted, and then we could see the signal man in the box, drop the signal changing the line and watch the engine come back down the line towards the other end of the carriages. Before it reconnected back up, we watched the drivers go about their housework chores. First we watched the train being filled up with water, and also coal being shovelled forwards towards the fire. The children could get close enough to the engine to see this all going on very well. We then watched the engine manoeuvre into position, and they did a few more jobs before leaving the station. My trio were fascinated.
We headed off for our picnic and play (and of course an ice cream) relaxing in the spring sunshine, before returning back on the steam train. We had such a lovely laid back day, and all three were fascinated by the steam engine. You could get up really close to see what was going on which they really appreciated. It was a big learning curve for all of them, and a great day out 🙂