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Railway Experience Days

A chance of a lifetime to realise a childhood ambition and drive a steam engine. Ideal for a birthday treat, a special anniversary, corporate hospitality or pure self indulgence.

Relive the golden age of the Great Western Railway at Didcot Railway Centre where the original GWR engine shed is home to a fine collection of lovingly restored locomotives, looked after by the members of the Great Western Society.

See Also - New for 2018 - Premier King Driving Experience

The Day consists of:

The day commences at 8am with coffee and breakfast rolls and concludes at 4pm with the presentation of a Certificate of your day's experience.

Railway Experience Days - 2018

Download a Railway Experience Days Booking Form (210kb .pdf file)

On Railway Experience Days we normally use Great Western Prairie Tank No. 4144.

The Inclusive Cost

Participants are welcome to bring a guest (who must be booked in advance) who can accompany you for the tour and enjoy the day for £35 each including lunch. This is not suitable for young children.
To book please complete the attached form. If you have a Visa or MasterCard you can make a reservation by telephoning Didcot (01235) 817200 (Mondays to Saturdays 9am to 5pm). Railway Experience Days operate with a minimum of six participants; confirmation will be made when the minimum has been reached, or your alternative offered.

Railway Experience Day

The cost of a Railway Experience Day is £325

Download a Railway Experience Days Booking Form (210kb .pdf file)

See also our Great Days Out leaflet (1.1Mb .pdf file)

Premier King Driving Experience



Your morning or afternoon experience will feature:


Morning session -

Afternoon session -

You will also have:

  • your own tea-can to take away with you
  • a photograph of the occasion
  • one-year membership of the Great Western Society
  • an Experience Certificate, Didcot Guide booklet
  • Premier King Driving Experience

    The cost of a Premier King Driving Experience is £500

    Download a Premier King Driving Experience Booking Form (126kb .pdf file)

    The Experience is for a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 4 people per day. To check availability 'phone - 01235 817200

    Whereas every effort will be made to ensure that 6023 will be available, the GWS cannot guarantee that this will be the case. However, in the event of unavailability, an available alternative loco will be offered and a price adjustment made.

    If neither November date is convenient for you, but you are interested in taking part, please let us know. When another Experience is to take place, we will let you know.



    Recreating the golden age of the Great Western Railway