|(c) Jack Boskett. Locomotives gather at Toddington|
The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway have announced that they have just had the best May ever with the King Class.
By the end of May, the railway carried over 40,000 passengers, up by more than 50% compared with the same period last year.
The main event that attracted the most visitors was the 'Cotsworld Festivle Of Steam'. . With eight locomotives working, including a Great Western Railway King class for the first time ever, it attracted just 40 short of 6,000 visitors. Saturday 26 May saw nearly 2,200 passengers carried - believed to be a record for the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway for just one day.
Colin Fewell, the railway’s volunteer commercial director commented: “If you add to that total early May bank holiday, when 2,500 people travelled (compared with 1,300 in 2017) and full trains on ordinary timetable days, even on weekdays, we seem set to smash all previous records. All of us expected a big uplift in passenger numbers following the opening of Broadway station on Good Friday, March 30th this year. To cope with the numbers, we have increased the length of our trains to eight coaches. But May has been astonishing with the Cotswold Festival of Steam taking passenger numbers well past the 40,000 mark for this year'