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Page last updated:
22-Jun-2017
Locomotives 6023 and 5051 in front of the engine shed Steam Railmotor from the footplate of passing locomotive

Gala Events

We are planning gala and themed events for 2017 as follows:

Scroll down or click on any of these events for more details. The page will be updated as each event approaches.


Easter Steamings

Daffodils

14-17 April - (Normal Running Day admission prices apply)

Additional Family Easter activities include a 1967 themed Treasure Hunt. Visitors can dress up in Welford Park Ticket Office and watch the trains from the train themed Play Park in our Picnic Area.

50 Years at Didcot Gala

813

29 April - 1 May 2017 - (Gala Day admission prices apply)

Visiting engines:
- 813 from the Severn Valley Railway
- The Wee Engine - No 11 from the East Anglian Railway Museum
and from our own fleet - 4144, 6023 King Edward II and the Steam Rail Motor
Display of 50 O Gauge locomotives and hopefully some O Gauge model railways.
Black Python Real Ale Bar open
Signalling in Operation on the Branch line
We hope to have a miniature railway in operation
+ Volunteer Re-union (Sat 29 only)
+ Oxford Ukeleles (Sun 30 only)
+ Spitfire & Hurricane Flypast, weather permitting (Sun 30 only)

Didcot Railway Centre Transport Rally

Didcot Transport Rally
Didcot Transport Rally

4 June 2017 - (Normal Running Day admission prices apply)

The Thames Valley & Great Western Omnibus Trust is supporting Didcot Railway Centre in organising its third Transport Rally on Sunday 4 June.

Due to extensive construction work on the site we have used for the past two years, the primary focus of this year’s event will be TV&GWOT’s vintage bus services. These will run on former Great Western Railway Road Motors, Thames Valley and City of Oxford bus routes from Didcot Parkway Station.

For 2017 we will be running services on the following five routes using vehicles varying in age from 1946 to 1988. Timetables for each route are in the fully illustrated souvenir programme which you can buy on the day for £5:
1 Didcot – Wantage via Harwell, East Hendred and Ardington
2 Didcot – Blewbury and Upton via East Hagbourne
3 Didcot – Chilton Circular via Harwell, Harwell Campus and West Hagbourne
4 Didcot – Wallingford via Brightwell
500 Didcot – Abingdon

In 2017 we are reintroducing a route to Chilton which we had to delete from the 2016 network due to extensive roadworks around the village. Single deck journeys will pause for photos at the Rose & Crown in the village. This route will pass Harwell Campus formerly the Atomic Energy Research Establishment, famous among bus enthusiasts for its fleet of blue and grey staff transport buses which are featured in this year’s programme.

The 500 route to Abingdon will be operated by Colin Billington’s former Western National Duple 425 Integral, newly restored to National Express Rapide livery. This proved to be a popular attraction at the Victoria Coach Station 85th anniversary Coach Festival in March and the Didcot event will be the first time it has operated at a running day.

All buses will start from and return to Didcot Parkway station where passengers will be able gain access to the Railway Centre through the station building.

TV&GWOT will have a display and information stand by the station entrance. A fully illustrated programme, giving a brief history of the vehicles entered, service timetables, vehicle duties and historical notes, is available now. It can be purchased: on the day for £5.00 from the TV&GWOT display near Didcot Parkway Station entrance or from TV&GWOT volunteers in the bus terminus and at the transport display.

If you live too far away to visit the Transport Rally you can buy a copy of the programme by post for £6.50 including first class p&p by either:
- Sending a cheque payable to ‘TV&GWOT’ to Ledger Farm, Forest Green Road, Fifield, Maidenhead SL6 2NR, or
- Paying by Paypal (including any postal / delivery instructions in the notes)

A display of vintage vehicles will be located in one of the car parks close to and within easy walking distance of the station forecourt. The final location of the display is subject to progress of engineering work during the coming week.

We suggest that visitors follow the brown tourist signs park in the Foxhall Road Car park as there may be restricted space in car parks opposite the station.

Fathers' Day

Didcot Transport Rally
The Wickham Trolley

18 June 2017 - (Normal Running Day admission prices apply)

- Steam and Diesel Trains in operation
- Wickham Trolley Rides
- Guided tours of the Locomotive Works

Star Tugs Weekend

Star Tugs

24-25 June 2017 - (Normal Running Day admission prices apply)

- Steam and Diesel Trains in operation
- Large Display of Star Tugs
- 'Spot the Tug' Competition
- Children's activities and colouring sheets

Teddy Bears' Picnic

Teddy Bears

9 July 2017 - (Normal Running Day admission prices apply)

See our Teddy Bears' Picnic page for more details.

Rails on the Western Front

Wartime Railway Scene

19-20 August 2017 - (Gala Day admission prices apply)

Commemorating the role of railways in the First World War. Displays include:

- The recreation of a French station in the Transfer Shed, with members of the Great War Society, featuring 5322 and a recreated ambulance train
- A recreation by the Great War Society of a casualty clearing station, demonstrating the link between frontline activity and the railway
- A military camp display, with members of the Great War Society providing first-person learning sessions to demonstrate the many and various skills a soldier needed to enable him to do his job, as well as the realities of everyday life.
- A ‘WWI Trail’ to encourage visitors to discover various WWI-related exhibits in the Society’s collection, along with their history, such as the real-life story of three nurses who served in our currently unrestored WWI ambulance coach.
- Access to WWI exhibits not normally available to the public, such as the articulated ‘Pollen’ wagons, designed for carrying naval gun barrels.
- Spitfire Flypast on Saturday 19.

Anything Goes Weekend

23-24 September 2017 - (Normal Running Day admission prices apply)

As ever we can only give an indication of what is intended and all details may be subject to change at short notice.

 

 

 

 

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