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By popular demand - Work Week now has its very own web-page

Work Week 2019

... will run from Saturday 3 to Sunday 11 August 2019.

Ask not what the Great Western Society can do for you - ask what you can do for your Society” is not something that John F Kennedy is down on record as ever having said. Had the former President realized that it was possible to do something for the Society and to have it do something for you simultaneously, and that it is possible to have fun whilst doing them, I think a mention of GWS Work Week might well have crept in.

Maintaining the Mixed Gauge

Our annual Work Week is a splendid opportunity for you to get down and dirty – recreating the Golden Age of the Great Western Railway. Don’t think that because you don’t have engineering skills, we can’t use your talents and enthusiasm. If you’re enthusiastic and willing, we will ensure you are given the job and the training to enable you to make a valuable contribution.

What’s it all about?

For the Society, it’s a golden opportunity for a concentrated effort to get some of the outstanding tasks around the Centre completed. Looking after our 20 acre site is a never-ending task – there is always plenty to do. However, it is not all about work! It is a combination of work and enjoyment!

For you, it has many advantages!

  • You have the satisfaction of making a very practical contribution to the work of your Society
  • You meet members from all over the country and abroad who come back year after year. If you’re thinking about volunteering this is a very good introduction.
  • You get a chance to drive and fire a steam engine (organised event on one day during the week)
  • Social activities will also be arranged during the week (some events will be provided at a small cost) 

Limited accommodation may be available in our Mk III sleeping coach and limited pre-booked camping on site is also possible, or you may wish to stay in the Didcot area and a list of accommodation is available from the Society office (see below).  The Catering Department provides breakfast, lunch and an evening meal each day at very reasonable prices, and our very own ‘Black Python’ bar coach provides beer at equally reasonable prices each evening.

Work Week Outing

As ever there will be a ‘workers’ playtime’ (chance to drive an engine under supervision) and an outing.

Sign up sheets for both these activities will be in the staff end of the restaurant from the beginning of the week – all welcome.


If you're planning on volunteering for more than a day you may be looking for overnight accommodation, and we can help you to find something suitable.

  • Sleeping compartments are available in our Mk III sleeper - please book in advance with the office
  • Camping, with you own tent, in a designated part of the picnic area is permitted for work week only - pitches are limited, and again please book in advance with the office
  • Lists of local Bed and Breakfast accommodation are available

To enquire about accommodation please contact the Didcot Railway Centre Office by e-mail or Tel: 01235-817200.

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