Cotswold Line

  • Worcester Parkway on track for December opening

    Worcester Parkway on track for December opening

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    Construction work is almost complete on the new Worcestershire Parkway station, with testing and commissioning expected to be complete ready for opening on December 15.  The split-level station will be operated by Great Western Railway (GWR) on behalf of Worcestershire County Council, with CrossCountry Cardiff to Nottingham trains serving the lower platforms on the Birmingham…

  • Vivarail battery hybrid trials underway

    Vivarail battery hybrid trials underway

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    TRIALS using a Vivarail Class 230 battery hybrid multiple unit were operated on September 9-10 between Evesham and Moreton-in-Marsh. In addition to diesel power on its converted trains, Vivarail can harness battery power, with hydrogen eventually planned. The company is building on tests undertaken in 2018 when its development set No. 230002 ran 60 miles between…

  • Coming home to the Cotswold Line

    Coming home to the Cotswold Line

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    Running east to west through the heart of the country through rolling landscape is the Oxford to Hereford line. Stephen Roberts takes a trip over a route which operates with a mix of single- and double-track, manual and electric signalling, and now a mix of old and new trains. It was like coming home. My…

  • New company formed to restore ‘forgotten’ Barry Standard 4MT

    New company formed to restore ‘forgotten’ Barry Standard 4MT

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    A NEW company has been formed to overhaul and ultimately operate the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway-based BR Standard 4MT 2-6-0 No. 76077. Considered for a long time to be one of the ‘lost’ ex-Barry locomotives since it arrived at Toddington in 1987 when the engine was dismantled and some work was done, it had been stored…

  • Soaraway Broadway success makes Glos Warks best in Britain

    Soaraway Broadway success makes Glos Warks best in Britain

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    REMARKABLE figures which showed that passenger numbers on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway rose by 42.5% in the wake of the Good Friday opening of the northern extension to Broadway have brought the coveted Heritage Railway Association’s Annual Award (Large Groups) 2019 to the Cotswold Line. The figures rose from 101,000 in 2017 to more than…

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