While we were visiting the Cotswolds, it was compulsory to visit the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway known as the Honeybourne Line. My other half is a train spotter or, as he calls himself, a railway enthusiast. The volunteer-run heritage railway operates between Cheltenham Race Course and Broadway – a 28-mile trip. The volunteers operate heritage steam and diesel locomotives , which travel through some beautiful scenery.
They hold special events throughout the year including diesel galas, footplate steam driving experiences, fish and chip evenings, afternoon teas, Teddy Bear Thursdays and of course the Santa Express at Christmas.
It was hot weather the day we visited and we enjoyed an ice cream on Winchcombe Station. We sat outside in the shade chatting to the volunteeers and other passengers, although there is actually a charming 1950’s style railway tea room on the platform. They have a reasonably priced menu.
The station is open every day apart from Mondays and Fridays. We were surprised to hear that the original station was completely demolished and what you see today was actually transported brick by brick from Monmouth. The volunteers hold educational activities and there is a Discovery Coach. Here you can hear about the history of the railway and see the model layout.
The advantage of a “purpose built” station is the fact that there is wheelchair and pushchair access. The facilities were spotless. Most importantly the enthusiastic staff were friendly, so I recommend a visit if you are in the area.