Legacy to the Railway


Legacies - Help safeguard the Railway's future with a Legacy

The day-to-day income from passenger fares, shops and catering covers the cost of running the trains, including normal maintenance and renewals, but it does not generate enough income to invest in development projects.


These include the railway's extension northwards, restoration of historically important heritage trains, building new facilities or conserving the heritage artefacts and records. We have many plans for the future to continue to run one of the UK's friendliest and finest heritage railways, but to do so we would benefit greatly from people leaving us gifts in their will. Legacies provide valuable fund investment for the future, not the day-to-day operations. 


Your Legacy matters

Making a will is vital if you want to be certain that your wishes will be carried out after you die - and it might prevent you or your estate from paying unnecessary taxes. Your Will protects your loved ones and can help prevent more anguish for them at a difficult time. It is also a chance for you to leave behind a very special gift to help the causes closest to your heart, something which is not always possible to do in your lifetime. It can be easy to put off making a Will, but the process may not be as difficult as you think.


Gifts in wills have helped the Railway achieve amazing things

The Railway is the fruit of over 30 years of hard work by a team of dedicated and committed volunteers and supporters. Over that time donations and legacies have helped to restore and maintain so much. Gifts pledges today will ensure that we will be able to continue restoring, enhancing and running The Railway long into the future. Gifts and donations in lieu of flowers at funerals over the past few years have funded a wide range of projects:


  • Building the David Page Steam Shed
  • Building the Winchcombe paint shop and support centre
  • Concreting the David Page shed floor and installing an inspection pit
  • Rebuilding Cheltenham platform 2
  • The installation of a reverse osmosis plant at Toddington


No matter how big or small, a legacy can really make the difference.


What can I do today?

If you haven't yet made a will, visit a solicitor to have your will drawn up.

If you have already made a will, remember it is recommended that you review it at least every five years and after any major change in your life to make sure that it always reflects your wishes.


If you would like to leave a legacy or gift to the GWRT, please make sure your solicitor uses the Railway's full name, address and charity number in your will:- Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway Trust, a charity registered in England and Wales no.1133186 Registered office;  Churchward House,

Winchcombe Railway Station, Winchcombe, Cheltenham, GL54 5LD






More information can be found in our leaflet “ The Gift That Lives On” which can be downloaded by clicking on the document’s image.





Remembering a Loved One

If you would like to remember a loved one on our Railway please consider our Memorial Retreat. Details here.


Thank you

We are extremely grateful for every legacy or gift we receive and we always so our utmost to honour any wishes that are made. To ensure your gift can benefit The Railway to the best advantage, we ask you to leave it without specifying that it be used for a particular area of work unless you discuss your wishes with us first.


Contact us

If you are interested in including The Railway in your will then you are welcome to discuss the concept with our Office Manager Maxine Barton - Hawkins either in person at her office at Toddington Station or on 01242 621905, or you can request a copy of "The gift that lives on" leaflet. All discussions with be undertaken in the strictest confidence.