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All of these items are available from the shop when the Centre is open, or by post from: Great Western Retail Sales, Didcot Railway Centre, Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11 7NJ.

You can telephone the shop, when the centre is open, on: +44 (0) 1235-817200 or e-mail Didcot Railway Centre Shop.

We can accept payment by cheque, payable to ‘Great Western Retail Sales Ltd’, or by credit card.

2018 Calendar

Didcot Railway Centre Calendar 2018

Now available from our shop, the 2018 Didcot Railway Centre calendar.

In double A4 drop down size, each month has a different, magnificent black and white photograph, courtesy The Great Western Trust, of an engine now at Didcot Railway Centre. Also a small colour photograph as it is today and a brief write-up of the engine's history.

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2017 Calendar

The Train Kept A-Rollin’: How The Train Song Changed The Face of Popular Music

For almost 200 years, people have been writing and performing songs – thousands of them – about trains. Tune your radio to any station playing country, blues, jazz, soul, folk or rock‘n’roll and it won’t be long before a train makes its way through the lyrics or tempo of a song. Gone on, try it. You’ll be surprised. Or maybe you won’t.

The Train Kept A-Rollin’: How The Train Song Changed The Face of Popular Music is the story of how many of those songs came to be and what it is, or perhaps was, about the railways that seduced generations of singers, songwriters and musicians from Birmingham, England, to Birmingham, Alabama.

Journalist and author Spencer Vignes marries his twin passions of music and railways in a book that gets to the heart of the genre. Painstakingly researched, Spencer interviewed a roll call of musical luminaries – including Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson, Nick Cave, Ray Davies, Sheena Easton, Bryan Ferry, Tom Johnston of The Doobie Brothers, Chas McDevitt, Ralph McTell, Francis Rossi, Peggy Seeger and Brian Setzer – who share the secrets of how they came to write and record their train songs.

“Rock Island Line”, “Last Train To Clarksville”, “Homeward Bound”, “Midnight Train To Georgia”, “Folsom Prison Blues”, “Smokestack Lightning”, “Freight Train”, “Waterloo Sunset”, “Mystery Train”, “Trans-Europe Express”, “City Of New Orleans”,… they’re all here, plus hundreds more, not to mention Britannias, A4s, Deltics, the Golden Arrow and so many of the trains we’ve fallen in love with over the years.

“Everyone’s got their train song because everyone loves a train.” So said the late Carl Perkins about music’s bond with the railways. This book shows how right he was.

Paperback, Soundcheck Books

Price: £14:99 (+ P&P)

The Story of the GWS

The Story of the Great Western Society

This programme delves into the 50-year history of the Great Western Society following progress since four schoolboys decided to save a 14xx autotank and trailer in 1965. From those early times the GWS has grown into on of the biggest railway heritage sites in southern England and has accumulated dozens of locomotives and items of rolling stock - all stabled at Didcot Railway Centre.

DVD, Kingfisher, 58 Mins.

Price: £12:95 (+ £2:00 UK postage)

Moguls and Prairies

Great Western Moguls and Prairies

This book describes the conception, design, building and operation of the fleet of Prairie 2-6-2 tank engines and the Mogul 2-6-0s designed by Churchward in the early part of the twentieth century and perpetuated by his successor, Charles Collett, in the 1920s and 1930s.

Hardback, Pen and Sword, David Maidment

Price: £30.00 (+ P&P)

Great Western Manor Class

Great Western Manor Class

This book covers the 30 Manor class 4-6-0s designed by CB Collett in 1938, and built by the Great Western, and the Western Region at Swindon in two batches, 20 in 1938/9, and 10 in 1950. In order to save money the first 20 members of the class were built using parts from withdrawn 4300 class 2-6-0s, and were coupled to refurbished Churchward 3,500 gallon tenders.

Hardback, Pen and Sword, Laurence Waters

Price: £25:00 (+ P&P)












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