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Broadway station welcomes first train since 1960

Volunteers celebrate the first train stopping at the station since 1960. Photo: Jo Roesen/GWSR

Broadway station has not had a train stop there since 1960 and it was then demolished in 1963, but it's final tracks have now been laid.

Volunteers on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway celebrated yesterday after the last steel rails were laid to connect the station to Cheltenham Racecourse, 15 miles to the south.

Then, the first train to stop at the Worcestershire station since 7 March 1960 pulled into the station.

Chris Bristow, finance director of the volunteer-run railway, said in a statement:

Christmas came early for our railway today!

What an achievement … for today’s 900-plus volunteers and also for all those who had the vision to recreate this railway back in 1983!

– Chris Bristow
The station pictured back in 1960. Credit: GWSR

The work was carried out after the 'Broadway: The Last Mile' share offer, was launched by the railway's President, Pete Wardman in 2016.

The offer raised more than £1.3 million which enabled new materials to be bought, as well as work on the station building to be completed.

Broadway station is set to open to the public on 30 March 2018.