What people say...
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Here is a collection of feedback from some of our recent
1940s Weekend 2013
We've received many letters and e-mails praising our recent
1940s weekend. Here are just a few ...
We visited this event on the Saturday and wanted to
congratulate everyone involved for such a wonderful day. We didn't
really know what to expect but as soon as we arrived at Cheltenham
station we knew we were in for a treat! What a wonderful
atmosphere, we really felt we were back in the 1940's! There had
obviously been an enormous amount of thought put into the planning
- and it was great that so many people dressed for the occasion.
Congratulations to you all - we hope it will be an annual
A big thank you to the
Malvern Gazette and GWR! We were lucky winners of
the competition for tickets on the Gloucestershire &
Warwickshire Railway's 1940's Weekend.
We had a very enjoyable day meeting and chatting to the "costumed
civilians" on the trains, who had travelled from all parts of the
country to take part in this event. The vehicle displays
and Army/Home Guard re-enactments were interesting and
informative and the nostalgic music at the stations added
The GWR volunteers on the stations, trains and cafes
were friendly and helpful. It was evident that an awful
lot of hard work and time had been spent organising and
running this event.
We were very impressed and will be back!
Good Evening, I am just mailing to say thanks for a
brilliant 1940s event at your railway from which we have just
returned. I have to say that all the staff at all stations were so
good and it was so nice to see all the station staff so well turned
out they are a credit to the railway. I hope that you will be
organising an event next year becuase we certainly attend again.
Thanks once again for such a good event
Thank you so much for your help with the arrangements for our
Golden Wedding Celebrations on 31st March. We had an absolutely
wonderful, wonderful day on Saturday! Everything was just
perfect. Please convey our thanks to all involved -
particularly the wonderful helpful catering staff who, always with
a smile, made everything work like clockwork.The cake was delicious
& looked lovely. As everyone were enjoying themselves we
did a third round trip as well.
THREE CHEERS FOR THE GLOUCESTERSHIRE WARWICKSHIRE STEAM
Our first port of call ... was at Cheltenham Racecourse Station
to catch the 13:45 train. We had 45 passengers on board and (helped
by the superb weather) had a wonderful ride on the GWSR to
Winchcombe. As always the service and attention to detail was
perfect and all of our passengers were thrilled with the
experience. The presence of the Cheltenham Town Crier added to the
fun - we were all most impressed.
Just a line or two to say that our visit to the line on Sunday
morning was VERY well received. I have to say that of all the
many visits I have made to virtually all of the preserved
lines, the reception, efficiency and the surprise appearance
of the Meeter & Greeter was much appreciated and probably the
best I have experienced.
I personally will return as soon as possible following the
reconection of the two portions.
It was an excellent day. Everything timed exactly right
and the standard of service was faultless from the original enquiry
through to the end of the trip. The stationmaster at
Cheltenham was extremely helpful as were the two gentlemen who told
us all about the GWSR on the outward trip and who sold sleeper
sponsorships and membership options on the way back (he made some
sales). The whole train was in pristine condition and full
working order from front to rear buffers. Also the Flag and
Whistle lunches we had booked were first rate with swift and
friendly service - how attractive the building looks in its new
I look forward to returning when the weather improves and
seeing my 2 sleepers on the route to Broadway and perhaps winning
on the monthly draw with your club which I also joined.
Following our visit last Wednesday I just wanted to write and
thank everyone involved at GWR for making our visit so
enjoyable. Please pass on our thanks as everyone was so
helpful and informative. I know that you are all volunteers
but you obviously love what you do and the enthusiasm shone
An added bonus was the visit by the school children "being
evacuated". It gave the visit a lovely authentic feel.
Many thanks to all of you.
I write on behalf of the members of the Cuneo Society who
visited the GWSR last Saturday. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and
were made most welcome by the staff. A memorable visit. It was good
to see a real locomotive and to enjoy the smell of steam.
Just to say my thanks to you and all the staff on the train
today - it was truly delightful.
My sister and husband had a wonderful trip - enjoyed the
scones,tea and sparkling wine surrounded by their many
A big thank you to Barry and his team serving the food - they too
were so friendly - they all made our day very special.
Thanks for a wonderful day yesterday. I already knew of the line
as I used to live in Bromsgrove in the 90's and I used to walk the
dismantled track area from Stratford down to Toddington and I also
enjoyed the train rides once you started to reinstate the lines.
The group I took found all your staff to be very friendly, and
funny, especially the station master at Cheltenham and the guard
and ticket collector on the 10.40 train. We had wonderful weather
too and had a great day walking around Winchcombe and the hills.
Please pass our thanks onto everyone on the railway, you have all
done a fantastic job there. Although I now live over 200 miles away
in Norfolk, I look forward to the day I can travel from Broadway to
Cheltenham on your line. Thanks again.
Please can you pass on our thanks to all concerned for making
our outing on your lovely railway such an enjoyable experience.
From the warm welcome we received when we arrived, and all the
help we had from your Meet & Greet volunteers who took such an
interest in our members, to all the catering volunteers to whom
nothing was to much trouble. One lady has left a everlasting
impression on one of our gentlemen members - she really made
Thank you all once again for all the help and we hope to see you
next year if possible.
See our 'School Reports'
page for comments from teachers.
Two weeks ago we had a lovely day out on the GWSR, to celebrate my
dad's 85th. This was highly successful; the following day he was
telling everyone all about his footplate ride, The cream
tea was much appreciated by everyone. But what really made it was
the friendly staff; we felt looked-after from the moment we
I write to express my sincere thanks for a brilliant course on
The whole day went very smoothly and I can appreciate just how
much preparation there must be for this to happen, especially with
another service train also running. From the initial briefing right
through to the presentation of the certificate you and your
assistants were the best examples of enthusiastic volunteers. We
were all delighted to be given the opportunity to work on such a
large loco as Foremarke Hall and to get an appreciation of just how
hard drivers and fireman had to work.
Just to say a very sincere 'thank you' for a brilliant time
earlier today. You take a lot of beating!
Your line runs most of its length on an embankment with glorious
Cotswold views rather than in a (numerical!) Valley. Your catering
facilities are so good. The children's presents were high quality.
And the Winchcombe mince pies delicious. Your trains and locos are
always clean, your staff so welcoming.
We visit as often as we can and will be back before long.
Meantime all power to your arms as you head north for Broadway,
Honeybourne and (who knows) Stratford.
I just want to say thank you very much for the day that we had
last Sunday to celebrate my husband's 80th birthday. He really
enjoyed the day, and the service that we received on the train was
wonderful. Everyone enjoyed the tea - in fact we have been enjoying
it all week!! Thank you once again - it was a day we shall all
remember with delight. Please pass on my grateful thanks to all