Living Museum of the Great Western Railway

Welcome to Didcot Railway Centre

See our unique collection of Great Western Railway steam engines, coaches, wagons, buildings and small relics based around the original 1930s engine shed

Next Special Event - A Festive Day Out with Thomas - Weekends 30 Nov - 22 Dec

Tickets available on the gate for Sat 7 & Sun 8 Dec - please arrive between 10.45am and 2.00pm.  Please book online for future weekends.

This is the second time my grandson and I have spent the day riding on Thomas the Tank Engine and visiting the Railway Centre with its Christmas treats.
I can’t praise this highly enough. It’s the nicest friendliest day you could wish for. The staff, all volunteers, are just wonderful. There is plenty to see and do. They put together a lovely Father Christmas grotto and handle the crowds with charm and warmth. The cafe serves simple home cooked food; the gift shop is great. There are games, stories and trains to explore, and you can ride one of the steam trains as many times as you like. My grandson loves it. Beats over-priced over-commercialised Winter Wonderlands etc hands down. We’ll be doing it again next year!

- Sbm261. Reading - 8-Dec-18

What's on today - Sunday 8th Dec 2019

Swindon Panel Demonstrations

A Festive Day Out With Thomas

A Great Day Out

Such a pleasant day with our family with a 1 year old and 3 year old. The staff throughout were so good with the children and respected the 3year olds questions. Thomas trip was good and FC gentle and patient. No grumpy Santa here. Really recommend.


- 241kathryns. Reading - 2-Dec-18

On Arrival

Our entrance is through the ticket hall and original steam age subway of Didcot Parkway station.

Please advise GWR ticket barrier staff at the mainline station that you are visiting the Centre and they will allow you access. (You will need to show your Railway Centre tickets when you exit).

Getting Here & Parking

Accessibility Guide

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Opening times. admission charges, how to get here, loco roster and accessibility information.


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