The GWSR & GWRT
article by: SJO
This page explains the way the GWSR plc and the GWR Trust work
together to ensure the success of the railway.
The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway plc (GWSR)
operates the railway, which is owned by its shareholders.
The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway Trust (GWRT) was formed
to bring together those interested in supporting the railway.
All the working staff of the railway report to the GWSR, and are
all unpaid volunteers who must in addition be current members of
The day-to-day operations of the plc and the Trust are in
the hands of boards of directors that are elected by their
respective members (or shareholders). Coordination is facilitated
by having some directors who sit on both boards. The management
team at the GWSR sets the strategic goals for the railway, and
directs the activities of the volunteer workforce.
The GWRT produces The Cornishman
house magazine, and organises various social activities for the
members and volunteers.
Any profits that arise in either organisation are ploughed back
into the railway to ensure its continual enhancement. Membership of
the GWRT and shareholdings in the GWSR are encouraged at all
This website is the official website of the Railway, so in
general we tend to just refer to GWR unless there is a particular
need to distinguish between the two organisations!