Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Rly.
Two of our regular and much appreciated contributors visited the G & W within days of each other.
I guess I'm stretching the boundaries of the CRS site coverage area beyond their limits but yesterday (Sunday) we attended a classic car gathering that was taking place in a large field bordering the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway station and depot at Toddington. This is on the former GWR Birmingham-Stratford on Avon-Honeybourne-Cheltenham through route that was built in the early 1900s to give a faster journey from the Midlands to the West of England. From 1952 until the mid 60s the 0915 Wolverhampton Low Level / 0950 Birmingham Snow Hill - Penzance ran over this route and was named ''The Cornishman'', In the opposite direction ''The Cornishman'' name was applied to the 1030am Penzance - Wolverhampton Low Level.
Two trains were operating on the line which now runs from Cheltenham Racecourse station to Broadway, a distance of around 14 miles. One set was worked by 'Manor' 7820 Dinmore Manor and the other by resident diesel D5081 (24081) immaculate in BR blue with full yellow ends. Delivered new in March 1960, the class 24 was the last member of the class to be withdrawn by BR on 5th Oct 1980 and went straight into preservation at Steamport (Southport), later moving to the Llangollen Railway in 1994 and then Toddington in 1998.
Stay cool and all the best, Guy Vincent
While on holiday last week, we visited the G&WR and were lucky enough to have a Tour of Toddington Diesel Depot thrown in for good measure, an excellent and very friendly railway indeed. 6 shots for CRS
All the Best
Spot the difference - then and Now
Roy Hart - Claire Sheppard
Here is the view 70 years ago. Can anyone spot anything which is the same?