Severn Tales by Chris Witts
The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway
Isambard Kingdom Brunel and the Cornishman were the Great Western Railway. I doubt if Brunel ever visited Toddington, but the Cornishman did. The most famous train to traverse the Honeybourne Line.
The Winchcombe section was opened on the 1st February 1905 and the final few miles into Cheltenham opened on the 1st August 1906. Now there was a direct GWR line from Birmingham to Bristol.
The Honeybourne Line remained open until the 14th August 1977 when the last train passed through. Toddington at 5pm, not a steam hauled train, but a Class 25 Bo BO diesel electric No 25 325.
The line was re-opened by the GWR Society on the 22nd April 1984, but only to Didbrook Bridge. Now the line is fully open from Toddington to Cheltenham Racecourse.
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