Building a railway the hard way (Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway)

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14 November 2018 19:30 - 21:00
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Refreshments from 19:00.
Talk to start at 19:30.

Event Joint with IET Gloucestershire Network.

The talk will cover everything from track bed to train with the odd station stop in between, the talk will also make a few comparisons with the original line construction.

We are probably all familiar with some the larger railway projects, The Channel Tunnel, HS1, Cross Rail and electrification projects with vast resources at their disposal and the ability to call on whatever expertise they need. 

Building a heritage railways may seem small by comparison. However, while many of the issues are still the same, adjusted only by scale, heritage projects have to face the additional burdens of historical accuracy and conservation with resources limited in terms both of the workforce available and the finances to back them. 


  Photos by Ian Crowder 

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway is a volunteer operated heritage railway in Gloucestershire and Worcestershire offering a round trip of 28 miles. It uses part of the route of the former Great Western Railway's main line from Birmingham to Cheltenham which used to run via Stratford-upon-Avon.

It operates steam and heritage diesel trains between Cheltenham Racecourse and Broadway through some of the most spectacular scenery in the Cotswolds. The line commands wonderful views of the nearby villages, with outstanding outlooks across to the Malvern Hills and beyond.

Though closed in 1976, volunteers have been “building a railway the hard way” since 1977, with the first trains running again in 1984.  The right hand picture shows Broadway Station, one of the latest sections of the railway to be restored to use.

From the BBC new web-site: 
Broadway gets first train in 57 years  (24/12/2017)
Renovated Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway station opens  (05/06/17)

SAT NAV ERRORS! Guests arriving late for IMechE talks at EDF Energy have reported that their Sat Nav or Microsoft Bing Maps has taken them to wrong location of 'Greenways' for the event's correct post code of GL4 3RS. The Google location below is correct, so too the printable map that can be found from the left hand menu under Event Directions.




Peter Bennett is the Deputy Head of the C&W Department of the GWsR. Like many volunteers, regardless of profession, he comes from a practical background.


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