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The Railway Centre is run by the Great Western Society – Charity No. 272616.  We have around 4,000 members including over 250 active volunteers who help run the Centre. 

Between them, they contribute more than 50,000 hours a year to restore, maintain, operate and conserve the steam locomotives, historic carriages, wagons and railway buildings in our unparalleled collection or help welcome the 50,000 visitors that come to explore and savour the golden age of the Great Western Railway.

Whether you just want to stay in touch with our work and support the Centre’s ongoing journey, or wish to get hands on at the Centre, then please join us. 

Our members are key to ensuring that the story of the Great Western Railway continues to engage and inspire for generations to come.

As well as free entry on most open days, members receive the quarterly Great Western Echo magazine with news of the latest activities, developments and restoration projects at Didcot along with articles on the historical aspects of the GWR.

Join now and get on board!


Voluntarily Gift Aiding Your Subscription allows us to reclaim tax to help look after our collection.

If you'd like to play a more active role, we're always looking for new volunteers to help run the Centre - find out more.

Didcot Railway Centre is operated by the Great Western Society whose volunteer members restore and operate the trains and other exhibits.

Members can help to keep alive part of the GWR, by volunteering; perhaps joining one of our restoration teams, or helping at running days and events by becoming a Station Master, Shunter, or Guard, or even ultimately a Driver. We also need volunteers to help with a variety of office tasks at Didcot, some of which is midweek work which may appeal to retired members. We also have a Young Volunteers group

However there is no obligation to take an active role; one of the benefits of membership is free admission to most events at Didcot Railway Centre and many members join for the opportunities this gives.

Members receive the quarterly Great Western Echo magazine with articles on Society activities and the GWR. Local Groups organise meetings and events in the Bristol, South West (Torbay) and Taunton areas.


Please do not use this link for renewals - existing members with queries should use the contact us form to get in touch with the membership team.

Please complete the online booking details - our membership team will get in touch for further details such as names of additional members should this be required.

There is a supplement of £15 per annum for overseas residents to cover the additional postage costs. Should this apply to you, please select the supplement after you have chosen the required membership.

Please be aware that it can take up to 28 days for membership applications to be processed.

For Membership enquires please contact

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