Heritage Engineering Skills

A Successful Event!

Despite fairly poor weather (strong winds and rain!) we welcomed over 50 people on our shed tours and many more to the display in the marquee – lots of very positive comments.


Hopefully, we will do even better next year!

Young People’s Introduction to Heritage Mechanical Engineering   

Sunday 11th August 2019

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway


Interested in Engineering?

                Ever considered a hobby or even a career in Heritage Engineering?

                           Ever wanted to know what goes on behind the scenes?  

                                      Ever wanted to see the working parts of steam or diesel locomotives?


This 1-Day Event could be of interest to anyone currently involved in STEM related projects – it is an opportunity to see:

Science – the power of steam, the effects of friction and                                             how to prevent

Technology – see how this area has developed over the                                                     last century

Engineering – get up close to some of the heavy and                                                             complicated machinery that kept this                                                             country moving for many years

Maths – see how the principles involved can be related                                          to real issues               


In conjunction with the popular Bricks event, we will be staging (for one day only) an “Introduction to Skills Day” at Toddington. There will be opportunities to get up close to our fleet of working steam and heritage diesel locomotives as well those that are in the process of a heavy overhaul or restoration. We aim to show what we do, how we do it and hopefully interest a new generation of volunteers in becoming involved.

Displays will demonstrate the procedures that the locos go through and the tools that are required. The restoration project on display will be Great Western Heavy Freight no. 2874 – a loco built in 1918 and withdrawn from service in 1963. Since that time the loco has been sitting outside – you will be able to see the effects!

Guided tours of the loco shed in small groups will show the various stages of work underway as well as views of the working engines that are rarely possible. Knowledgeable volunteers will be on hand to explain what’s going on and answer (most!) questions.  Age restrictions will apply to the tours, unfortunately we will not be able to accommodate  those aged 13 and under – 14 to 16 year olds must be accompanied by a responsible adult.  The tour is not suitable for dogs (guide dogs are permitted).  We regret that due to the nature of the site, the tour is not suitable for those with limited mobility.  Entry to the display marquee is open to all.

Protective clothing will be provided where necessary but suitable (strong) footwear is essential for the tours.

There will be a limit to the number able to undertake the tours and advance booking is the only way to ensure your place – timed bookings through  –  heritage.skillsengineering@btinternet.com 


Bookings for the Shed Tours is now open – download the form and send by e-mail

The event will be open from 10:00 until 16:00 with timed tours throughout the day.

Free parking will, as always, be available but, at Toddington, in the overflow car park and also at Cheltenham Race Course Station.

Why not travel from Cheltenham Race Course by steam train and make a great day out of it?

To book your timed tour – please download the registration form,  Skills Day Registration Form complete and e-mail to:


Further updates will be posted on the GWSR website click here


The Trust can be contacted by: 

e-mail –         enquiries@2874trust.org  

phone  –  01643 706943 

writing –  22 South Park, Minehead, TA24 8AL





















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