As my Blog Followers may know the GWR Railway is in dire financial circumstances at the moment, with major embankment slips occurring at Gotherinton and Chicken Curve. The cost of repairing these slips and the knock on effect of loss of business has drained the Railway of all its funds. Drastic steps are being taken to keep the railway running over the coming season and, hopefully, see our way through the crisis.
The most drastic of these, and a step too far in my own opinion, is the selling off of the GWR iconic Goods Shed at Broadway. From my own perspective, it was because of a visit, one afternoon three years ago, to the Goods Shed, where a strong sense railway history pervaded, that I was drawn to the Broadway Project. Since that time I have spent many hundreds of enjoyable hours at the Broadway site, focused on the end goal of a fully working, historically accurate and complete GWR facility. When, on a cold January day you are ankle deep in muddy water cleaning out a catch pit, you have to have your dreams in full focus!
So from my point of view, and I stress there are contrary views, the GWR Board is not thinking strategically as a Heritage Railway but using the Caravan Site's existing dependencies on the Good Shed and its access as an early, easy way of clawing back some cash. Future generations of GWR Railway enthusiasts will not thank the current Board for its lack of vision.