To celebrate the highly commended accolade received by the project to create unique "Saint" Class locomotive "Lady of Legend", the locomotive will be in action hauling passenger trains on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 October. The locomotive was placed in the top 3 nationally in the restoration or conservation project category at the prestigious Museums + Heritage Awards 2020.
Savour the sights, sounds and smells of steam; take unlimited rides behind the Edwardian-designed 2999; explore the spacious undercover areas of the Engine Shed, Carriage Display, Victorian Broad Gauge Exhibition; and see transport from another era brought to life by diesel locomotive D9516 working a demonstration goods train.
Pick up a copy of our Site Guide, explore this 21-acre open-air museum and unearth almost two centuries of railway heritage. See preserved locomotives, restored carriages, vintage wagons, historic buildings and much more!
Visitors will also have the chance to get up close to the locomotives in the spacious Engine Shed which has remained largely-unchanged since it was built in 1932 now houses magnificent preserved engines some of which have steps to allow visitors to climb onto the footplate! The “Saints” were the blueprint on which the GWR based their designs for the first half of the 20th century. Examples of subsequent developments can be seen alongside ‘Lady of Legend’ at Didcot which houses the most extensive collection of locomotives from one railway company anywhere in the world.
The large, well-ventilated carriage shed will also be open with coaches dating from Victorian times to the 1940s that evoke bygone eras. See the VIP Saloon reputed to have been used by General Eisenhower during the preparations for D-Day and later used in the GWR Royal Train!
A leisurely stroll will take you to a beautifully recreated 1930s branch line station and to a rare section of surviving track from Brunel's Broad Gauge railway, complete with replica Victorian locomotives.
To open safely, we have limited visitor numbers and tickets need to be booked in advance – please book a ticket for each adult and for children aged 3 and over. Sadly, we're not able to open everything at once. Some facilities aren't open, such as our Science of Railways Carriages, Air Raid Shelter and Signalling Centre.
The Refreshment Rooms will be operating a simple take-away service of hot and cold drinks and pre-packed snacks with plenty of picnic tables and benches around the Centre and limited seating inside.
Toilets will be available and we have increased the frequency of cleaning in these and other key areas.
The gift shop and Museum will be open, with controlled access to keep numbers to a safe level.
Select your date and arrival time.
You should arrive within your 30 minute time slot and will then be welcome to stay all day until we close at 4.00pm.
COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS - RULE OF SIX. Government regulations mean we can only accept bookings for up to six people. We are legally required to share contact details with Public Health Track & Trace if requested.