Thursday, 23 November 2017

A post from the Chairman

I was very honoured and a little apprehensive to be elected chairman of GWSR Plc last week. For those of you I don’t yet know, I have been a working member on the railway for 35 years since 1982, and have been head of C&W for eighteen years since 1999. In that period, our volunteer railway has grown from modest beginnings to the almost unimaginable size and complexity it is now.

In little more than seventeen short weeks, it is going to grow even more as we open our long anticipated extension to Broadway. A huge effort is going on at the moment to prepare for that opening; both on site itself as the building work progresses, and behind the scenes as all the numerous administrative issues are dealt with. That so much has been achieved to date, and that we remain on course to open on time is to the great credit of every single working volunteer; whichever department you work in.

I am fully aware of all the work that is undertaken on a daily basis, both at numerous sites on our railway and in countless homes as various departments work through all that is necessary to keep the railway functioning. That so much has been able to be achieved over the years with virtually all volunteer labour and support is truly amazing. Thank you all for all your efforts to date.

My job as chairman is to chair and co-ordinate the efforts of your directors, and all those engaged in working upon and continuing to build our railway. I am determined to ensure that we have an established vision for the future which we can all agree with and work towards, and that we deliver upon that vision.

With your help, we will.

Richard G.Johnson
Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway Plc


  1. My heartiest congratulations upon your appointment. May you have an enjoyable and trouble free tenure. Regards, Paul.

  2. I am sure you will make an excellent chairman. I hope you still have time to do what you enjoy most on the railway.