Operating on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway since 2011

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About Cotswold Diesel Railcar

CDRL is registered in England and Wales as a private limited company, number 7546990

About Us Our History and Origin

The company was formed in the Spring of 2011 by a small group of volunteer workers from The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway.

In the preceding few months, the railway had suffered a tremendous amount of bad luck, culminating in a major embankment collapse just North of Winchcombe. The damage to the embankment, at a location known as Chicken Curve, divided the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway in two and demanded a major rethink as to how railway operations could continue.

Providing a Diesel Railcar service from Toddington

The solution was to relocate steam operations to Winchcombe, and to provide a Diesel Railcar service from Toddington. In the short term, the GWSR plc decided to hire in some 1960s Heritage Diesel Multiple Units (DMUs) as there were no suitable DMUs already at the railway.

Purchasing ‘Bubble Car’ W55003 in full running order

When the opportunity arose to purchase ‘Bubble Car’ W55003 in full running order, a group of GWSR volunteers (ironically from the Steam Locomotive Department) quickly formed the company now known as CDRL, raised the purchase price through selling shares, and arranged for the transport of the vehicle to Toddington. This arrangement allowed the GWSR plc to operate a service on the Northern stub of the railway without incurring unnecessary hire costs.

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The Cotswold Diesel Railcar Fleet