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Things looking up at GWSR

Folk at the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway (GWSR) are starting to smile a bit when you talk about the future.  It’s been a bad couple of years and morale has dipped now and again but all the backs-to-the-wall efforts seem to be paying off.

First, the mild Xmas period has meant a much better Santa Special season that was so disastrous in 2010 when sub zero temperatures and cancellations cost the railway over $60,000.

Secondly, it is rumoured that the diggers and embankment rebuilding kit will go on site at Chicken Curve in February, raising hopes (vehemently, NOT expectations!) that the railway may be complete and running a through service from Toddington to Cheltenham as early as August 2012.

Thirdly, popular small prairie 5542 will, it is rumoured, be returning to the railway in June, following its failure to agree an acceptable work programme at the WSR. This is great news, it is a lovely little engine and just the sort of loco the railway needs.

Lastly, and if the above wasn’t enough good news,  there is talk of laying some track this year at Broadway station – the next northern destination for the GWSR. Trains will not get there until about 2015 and there expensive jobs on bridges and trackbed that need funding but when there is some track ad a platform then you have a station and it will spur everyone on to fill the gap in between Laverton Halt and Broadway.  Brilliant news all round really.

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