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

Order your 2020 GWS Calendar - beautiful paintings of GWR scenes by Sean Bolan


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

What's on today - Sunday 15th Dec 2019

Swindon Panel Demonstrations

A Festive Day Out With Thomas

Wonderful day out. Took my 3 year old Grandson to visit Thomas and Father Christmas, it was also his birthday. We arrived late and had missed our time allocated, my daughter explained this to a member of staff who straight away said this was not a problem at all we could just go on the next train. Every staff member who I understand are nearly all volunteers were absolutely fabulous, several of them singing Happy birthday to my Grandson. Nothing was too much trouble, they never rushed us even went it was time to see Santa. We visited the gift shop, everything was reasonably priced which is unusual. We all had a wonderful time and my Grandson left feeling a very happy boy.

- Barbara F. Oxford - 3-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.


our historic buildings, locomotives, rolling stock and the exciting things to see and do.

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