Living Museum of the Great Western Railway

Work Week

Work Week 2021

Will run from Saturday 31 July to Sunday 8 August 2021 (As long as it can be managed within government guidelines applicable at the time)

Our annual Work Week provides 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 keen and willing, we'll ensure you're 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)
  • Other social activities may also be arranged during the week by participating groups 

Limited accommodation may be available in our 'new' air-conditioned 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 and lunch each day at very reasonable prices.


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 'new' 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.

Social Activities

By way of a reward for your hard work, we hope to stage a 'workers-playtime' event giving you the opportunity to drive one of our steam locomotives, under supervision, on a day during the week when we are not running public trains.

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