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Great Western Trust Digital Archive

The Great Western Trust has now scanned:

  • The Charles R Gordon Stewart Ticket Collection
  • Great Western Railway Magazine (1862-1949)
  • British Railways Magazine (1950-1962)
  • Western Region Magazine (1963 -
  • Western Rail News
  • WW1 Roll of Honour

Members are most welcome to browse the 'beta' version of the website at:

Feedback on the website would be appreciated and should be sent to Clive Hetherington

GWS Annual General Meeting 2023

The 2023 AGM was held on Saturday 14 October 2023 at Didcot Civic Hall, Britwell Road, Didcot OX11 7HN.

The Annual Report with the summary accounts can be accessed here: GWS Annual Report 2023 (

For more information see:

Renewing your membership


We usually send a renewal notice out to members towards the end of the month when the renewal is due. This will be sent by post unless we have your email address. If you haven’t already registered your email address for Membership matters, you can do that here (See below).

You can renew your membership online by clicking on the link: Buy Renewals online. We also welcome cheques by post or payments via internet banking using the bank account details on your renewal notice. If you renew early, your new membership year will start the day after the expiry date.

If we haven’t heard from you, we will send you a reminder notice by post. Three months after the expiry of your membership, your membership will be terminated in accordance with the Society’s Memorandum and Articles of Association.

Our membership rates increased from 1 October 2022. However, if you pay your subscription by Direct Debit (not by standing order), the rate will not be increased. If you wish to set up a Direct Debit, please download the Direct Debit Form or use the form enclosed with Echo number 238. The Reference, bottom left of the form, is GWS, followed by your membership number and then your surname (or as many letters as will fit). It is important that this is completed because the form does not include your home address. The form should be returned at least three weeks before your membership renewal date (preferably earlier) to:

Membership Secretary
Great Western Society
Didcot Railway Centre
Oxon OX11 7NJ

Please note that we no longer offer a reduced membership rate for new members who are over 60 years of age. This is consistent with many other organisations. From 1 October 2022, we also withdrew the option to move to over 60 membership for existing members. If you were already paying the reduced rate on 1 October 2022, we will continue to offer that membership class to you.

Contacting the Membership Team

Membership is run by a small group of volunteers. You can email us using, or write to us at the Didcot address. If you wish to telephone, please call 01235 817200 on a Tuesday or Friday between 10 am and 3 pm. Ask to be put through to the Membership Team.

If you change your mailing or email address

Please email or write to us with any changes to your contact details. Do not edit your contact details by logging into the Digitickets system. We do not get notified of any changes made in that system.

Last Year's GWS Annual General Meeting

This year’s meeting was held on 8 October 2022 by Zoom. The related papers and a recording of the Informal Meeting of Members are available.

DRC - Opening and Events Updates

Members wishing to visit, should use the Booking Form. You will need to enter your Membership Number during checkout and bring your card on the day of your visit.

PREMIUM SPECIAL EVENTS: We are asking members to pay a modest fee to attend premium events as the costs of steaming three locomotives or more are significant. We thank you for your support and understanding and free members tickets are available for our standard Steam Days.

May we have your e-mail address?

To help us upgrade the Membership system and improve communications, we're asking members to advise us of their e-mail address so we can add it to your membership record



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