Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway reopens after £1m repairs

Work to repair collapsed embankments was funded by a £1m emergency appeal

Related Stories

A heritage railway line badly damaged by two landslips has reopened following repairs costing £1m.

As a result of collapsed embankments at Gotherington and Winchcombe, the 12 mile-long (19 km) Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway has faced disruptions for three years.

The repairs were funded by an emergency appeal launched two years ago.

Malcolm Temple, the railway's chairman, said he was "overwhelmed" by the generosity of people who contributed.

He said: "Other railways have really rallied round to help and we'll never forget the very significant contribution that so many heritage railways have made."

Mr Temple said one of the largest donations, £70,000, was made by readers of Steam Railway magazine.

A new portion of track has now been laid at 'chicken curve' which, following the repairs, means trains can now ferry passengers the full length of the line from Cheltenham racecourse to Laverton for the first time.

About 70,000 passengers use the heritage line every year.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Gloucestershire



Min. Night 6 °C

Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • Audi R8Best in show

    BBC Autos takes a look at 10 of the most eye-catching new cars at the 2015 Geneva motor show


  • A robotClick Watch

    The latest in robotics including software that can design electronics to solve problems

Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.