Following the work that Buzz Electrical completed for the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway (GWSR) at Toddington railway station and workshops in October 2016, the local business has won the electrical contract for the new Broadway Station.
The GWSR’s volunteers are currently building a brand-new station on the old station site at Broadway, closely following the design of the 1903-built original. Buzz Electrical Ltd has been commissioned to provide technical skills, electrical solutions and a specialist, reliable service for this large project. It includes the ticket office, booking hall, toilets, waiting room, store room, cafeteria and kitchen within the new building, as well as the covered footbridge. It has already carried out electrical work within the new signal box.
Buzz Electrical Ltd will commence the work in early August, with the station being operational in March 2018. Steve Owens, MD at Buzz Electrical Ltd said: “We are delighted to have been selected by GWSR to provide the works for this exciting station development at Broadway and to be working with the railway’s volunteers again. The steam and diesel heritage railway linking Cheltenham with Broadway will be a huge asset to the area and one with which we are very proud to be associated.”
The GWSR is a volunteer-run steam and diesel operated heritage railway and, since 1981, has restored more than 13 miles of line, together with platforms, buildings, steam and diesel locomotives and rolling stock. In addition to its scheduled services, the GWSR hosts a number of family and enthusiast events throughout the year. Last year, it carried more than 100,000 passengers for the first time.
John Crawford, who heads the GWSR’s Broadway Area Group of volunteers who are building the new station, added: “We are building a station that is very similar to the original, which was completed by the Great Western Railway over a century ago, although to modern standards. The station closed in 1960 and was demolished three years later by British Rail. Once again we’re putting Broadway firmly on the railway map.
“Where possible we have used local specialist contractors to help us complete this exciting project to the highest standards of workmanship and safety. Evesham-based Buzz know and understand what we need and I’m sure that its work will help to enhance the experience for our future visitors.”
Buzz’s past work at Toddington station included the rewire of the engine shed and the workshops housed in the former goods shed; a total rewire and installation of new LED lighting and refurbishment of external power for connection of all power tools/welding equipment for maintenance of locomotives and rolling stock in the yard.
Background to GWR
The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway is a volunteer operated heritage railway in Gloucestershire offering a round trip of more than 26 miles. It uses part of the route of the former Great Western Railway’s main line from Birmingham to Cheltenham, which used to run via Stratford-upon-Avon.
It now operates steam and heritage diesel trains between Cheltenham Racecourse and Buckland through some of the most spectacular scenery in the Cotswolds. The line commands wonderful views of the nearby sleepy hamlets and villages, with outstanding outlooks across to the Malvern Hills and beyond. The railway is in the process of being extended to Broadway in Worcestershire.