Steam Along to Sudeley Castle!
article by: Ian Crowder
posted on: 23 July 2009
updated on: 10 January 2010
Two of Gloucestershire's top attractions have joined together to
give families a fantastic opportunity for a unique experience this
August bank holiday.
The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway and Sudeley
Castle are offering a limited number of families the chance to ride
on the GWR and visit magnificent Sudeley Castle at Winchcombe - and
all with a whopping £20 discount on a family ticket!
The very special joint ticket, which will be valid for any days
over the August Bank Holiday weekend (29th -
31st August) allows a family of 2 adults and up to 3
children to visit both attractions.
Says Malcolm Temple, the GWR's volunteer commercial director:
"This is a fantastic opportunity to combine visits to the two
biggest attractions in the area and we're delighted to be able to
bring visitors this joint offer. You can visit both on the same day
or visit each on separate days. The joint ticket costs just £35 -
that's a credit crunching saving of £20 per family off the usual
The GWR is running steam trains over the bank holiday weekend to
the Red Timetable, between Cheltenham Racecourse, Winchcombe and
Toddington. The ticket enables you to take as many trips as you
like during the day.
Sudeley Castle has a huge amount
to offer - apart from the stunning Castle set in beautiful
award-winning gardens which will be bursting with colour, there is
an amazing play area for youngsters with a wooden fort, slide and
There is a poster you might see around Gloucestershire as August
Bank Holiday approaches. It shows not just Sudeley Castle, but
a Castle class locomotive on the GWR! Download and
print a copy to put up in your local shop or at work!
Tickets are on a strictly first come first served basis, to book
yours either call Sudeley's Visitor Centre on 01242 604244 or visit
either Sudeley or any of the GWSR ticket offices at Toddington,
Winchcombe or Cheltenham on the day.
Sudeley Castle: Castle Class locomotives
Sudeley Castle is a name unusually carried by two of the Great
Western Railway's Castle class locomotives. The two engines in
question were no. 5061, built in 1937, but only carried the name a
few months before being renamed Earl of Birkenhead, along with
other members of the class named after Peers. It wasn't until 1949
until the name was again carried on a Castle class locomotive, this
time on no. 7025 which was completed by British Railways in
These very successful four-cylinder express locomotives were no
strangers to the route of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway
and were the usual locomotive for 'The Cornishman' express that ran
daily in each direction between Wolverhampton and Penzance, through
Toddington, Winchcombe and Cheltenham.
No. 5061 spent much of its life at Shrewsbury but was withdrawn
from Cardiff Canton in 1962 and scrapped at Cashmores of Newport.
7025 was one of Old Oak Common's fleet of Castles, working trains
out of London Paddington but it was finally withdrawn from
Worcester in 1964. It ended its days at being broken up by Birds of