Cheltenham and Great Western Union Railway (Great Western Railway)

Introduction

This line runs from Swindon through Kemble to Gloucester and Cheltenham. A branch ran to Cirencester. Portions are closed with the directly parallel Midland Railway sections remaining open.






Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Swindon to Standish Junction

Swindon had the pleasure of Tornado passing through enroute to Cardiff. Paddington-Reading-Swindon-Chippenham-Filton-Severn Tunnel-Cardiff. Passing ...
Peter Todd 01/03/2017
HST 43190 poised to head east. ...
Peter Todd 04/12/2015
A South West Trains Class 158 waiting to leave Swindon for Melksham and Westbury on 14th December 2017.
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Peter Todd 14/12/2017
Arriva Cross-Country Voyager 220025 seen arriving in Swindon on 8th November 2018. Due to line closures at Bristol Parkway, ACC were coming into ...
Peter Todd 08/11/2018

Flying Scotsman passed through Swindon and headed up the Gloucester line with a Railway Touring Company Train for Worcester on the 15th. This view is ...
Peter Todd 15/06/2019
Due to work in the Severn Tunnel during 2018 a lot of traffic is currently heading into Wales via the Swindon to Gloucester line and then down to ...
Peter Todd 05/07/2018
Taken on the south side of Purton on the GWR Gloucester to Swindon line, a northbound HST 125, 43186 heading for Cheltenham Spa. See them whilst you ...
Peter Todd 25/08/2018
Britain's longest train journey, the 0628hrs Penzance to Aberdeen, is even longer whilst the Temple Meads to Parkway blockade is on and Cross Country ...
Peter Todd 14/11/2018




Kemble, showing the attractive garden and the glazed window. ...
Alan Cormack 29/08/2017
Kemble railway station looking north on the 30th of August 2016. The engineer's siding off to the right is the remainder of the line to Cirencester. ...
Alan Cormack 30/08/2016
Kemble railway station on the 30th of August 2016. The corridor is 90 degrees from the platform, to the right of the glazing is a beautiful garden. ...
Alan Cormack 30/08/2016
The attractive glazed window at Kemble station. ...
Alan Cormack 29/08/2017














Northern 142045 heads south at Standish Jct with fellow classmate 142030 in tow on a 5J02 Lancaster to Newton Heath movement. Earlier there had been a ...
John McIntyre 20/10/2018
Freightliner 90041 & 90046 approach Standish Jct while working the 4S44 Daventry to Coatbridge intermodal service on 20 October 2018. The train was ...
John McIntyre 20/10/2018
A southbound Pendolino has just passed the site of Standish Junction (Lancashire) as it heads towards Wigan on 3 October. The bridge under the front ...
John McIntyre 03/10/2013
Immediately south of Standish station was Standish Junction, where the Whelley Loop left the WCML and ran to the east of Wigan. In this picture ...
John McIntyre 15/01/2012




Standish Junction to Gloucester

Northern 142045 heads south at Standish Jct with fellow classmate 142030 in tow on a 5J02 Lancaster to Newton Heath movement. Earlier there had been a ...
John McIntyre 20/10/2018
Freightliner 90041 & 90046 approach Standish Jct while working the 4S44 Daventry to Coatbridge intermodal service on 20 October 2018. The train was ...
John McIntyre 20/10/2018
A southbound Pendolino has just passed the site of Standish Junction (Lancashire) as it heads towards Wigan on 3 October. The bridge under the front ...
John McIntyre 03/10/2013
Immediately south of Standish station was Standish Junction, where the Whelley Loop left the WCML and ran to the east of Wigan. In this picture ...
John McIntyre 15/01/2012




66207 arrives at Gloucester with a railtour from Stevenage. The tour was visiting branch lines in the area inluding Sharpness and Tytherington. ...
Michael Gibb 02/07/2011
Bulleid Battle of Britain Pacific no 34067 Tangmere waits to depart from Gloucester for Cardiff on 21 April 2013 - day 2 of the Great ...
Michael Gibb 21/04/2013
Just South of the T-junction at the East end of the station, that increasingly rare feature - an advertisement on a bridge girder. How handy it would ...
Ken Strachan 31/03/2013
Perchance to dream... The red plastic barrier just visible on the left blocks access to the platform where the Sprinter is stabled between duties. In ...
Ken Strachan 29/12/2013




Cirencester Branch

Kemble, showing the attractive garden and the glazed window. ...
Alan Cormack 29/08/2017
Kemble railway station looking north on the 30th of August 2016. The engineer's siding off to the right is the remainder of the line to Cirencester. ...
Alan Cormack 30/08/2016
Kemble railway station on the 30th of August 2016. The corridor is 90 degrees from the platform, to the right of the glazing is a beautiful garden. ...
Alan Cormack 30/08/2016
The attractive glazed window at Kemble station. ...
Alan Cormack 29/08/2017



The 1956 extension to the left is not nearly as classy as the original 1841 building. This is probably not why the branch closed just eight years ...
Ken Strachan 16/08/2015
This station was the terminus of the branch from Kemble, now abbreviated to an engineer's siding [see image 32102]. It is cunningly concealed in the ...
Ken Strachan 16/08/2015




Gloucester T station and bypass







Gloucester to Cheltenham

66207 arrives at Gloucester with a railtour from Stevenage. The tour was visiting branch lines in the area inluding Sharpness and Tytherington. ...
Michael Gibb 02/07/2011
Bulleid Battle of Britain Pacific no 34067 Tangmere waits to depart from Gloucester for Cardiff on 21 April 2013 - day 2 of the Great ...
Michael Gibb 21/04/2013
Just South of the T-junction at the East end of the station, that increasingly rare feature - an advertisement on a bridge girder. How handy it would ...
Ken Strachan 31/03/2013
Perchance to dream... The red plastic barrier just visible on the left blocks access to the platform where the Sprinter is stabled between duties. In ...
Ken Strachan 29/12/2013