On the final day of the Festival Meeting, it seemed appropriate to try and capture some the Cheltenham Racecourse Station action. As with the other Festival race days the challenge is to safely get two full trains in, unloaded and out again within the hour. It’s no mean feat and all the GWR Volunteers on duty rise to the challenge of keeping the racing punters happy and safe.
11.27 Here 5542 brings the first train (Chocolate and Cream rake). The challenge is then to encourage the merry (some literally!) racegoers off the train and away to their afternoon’s racing.
The picture below gives an indication of the numbers involved.
11 42 Here 7820 (Dinmore Manor) arrives (below) with the second train (Maroon rake)
11:43 Dinmore has a clear road into Platform 1, the first train (now hopefully empty of passengers!) having been move on to the South Head shunt, beyond the Evesham Road Bridge.
12:13 Having unloaded the racegoers from the second train , Dinmore Manor couples up to the first rake and heads off to Toddington. 5542 then runs around the 2nd rake and similarly heads back to Toddington , both to get ready for the return trips at the end of the day.
In the meantime the Crossing Monitors need eyes front and back to ensure the safe movement of racegoers across the tracks.
Platform 1 with the 2 returning trains – not quite fitting in!