Once again the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway is putting on a spectacular Festival of Steam with up to eight locomotives in steam over the late May bank holiday weekend.

The theme this year is ‘Workhorses of Steam’ and it will celebrate the hard-working ‘unsung heroes’ that kept Britain’s economy going, shifting the nation’s goods and people. Up to four visiting locomotives are expected to bolster the home fleet.

The big attraction of the Cotswold Festival of Steam must be the locomotives – and there will plenty of all shapes and sizes, with opportunities to travel over the full length of the railway from Cheltenham Racecourse to Toddington, as well as ‘up the branch line’ to Laverton, half-way along the extenstion to Broadway.  Britain’s railways boasted a startling variety of steam locomotives: from the smallest that shunted the sidings of industry; through freight and mixed-traffic types that moved millions of tons of goods the length and breadth of the country to express superpowers of steam.

Of course whether you are a ‘railway nut’ or a family looking for a brilliant day out, the Cotswold Festival of Steam is for you. You can expect a very exciting day with lots of opportunities to do something you might not ordinarily have the chance to do;  not least is to travel behind lots of different locomotives all on the same day!

See you there!