Cheltenham Racecourse Railway Station - Railways of the Vale of Evesham

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Railways of the Vale of Evesham
Cheltenham Racecourse
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GWR 4575 class no. 5542 at Cheltenham Racecourse, 7th March, 2015
With the Stratford-Cheltenham line running just north of the  racecourse, it ultimately made sense to provide a rail link to such a renowned  local attraction. The station opened on the 12th March 1912 and had the booking  office and waiting room situated on the road bridge above the line, and toilets  provided on the platforms.

The majority of the traffic were "Specials" for race meetings,  although local passenger services did stop here as well. Because there was no  stabling facilities at the station, the trains were stabled at Toddington or  sometimes Bishop's Cleeve. Horses were not loaded and unloaded at the station  initially; this was done at Bishop's Cleeve until 1935.

The station faired well until the 1950s and the increase in  coach traffic and the station closed to regular traffic on the 25th March 1968,  although some racecourse "specials" continued right up to the complete closure  of the line in 1976. The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway re-opened Cheltenham Racecourse station in April 2003, and it is the  current southern terminus of the line.
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