Cotswold steam railway opens two lines after landslips

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway
Image caption The railway is run by volunteers

A Cotswold heritage steam railway line is to reopen as two railways following two landslips in the past year.

The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway has also extended its route as far as Laverton, as part of longer term plans to reach Honeybourne.

Last May a landslip on the line cost just under £1m to repair and a second landslip in January severed the line in two.

A fundraising appeal is ongoing to complete the repairs.

One railway will offer a diesel railcar nine-mile round trip from Toddington via Hailes Abbey and Laverton, from 2 April.

The other will offer return steam train services from Cheltenham Racecourse to Winchcombe from 22 April - a 14-mile round trip.

The railway, which is run by volunteers, started 30 years ago and carries 75,000 passengers a year.

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