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2021 Steam Days & Special Events

Unlimited rides and plenty to explore when the Centre is able to re-open

CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS - The current National Lockdown means the RAILWAY CENTRE IS REQUIRED TO CLOSE until further notice.

Details of Open Days, times and prices along with links to our booking page will appear here when we are able to resume our activities.

We hope to be open with Steam Trains running on Weekends, Wednesdays and Bank Holidays from April until October but will await further details from the Government on the easing of coranavirus restrictions before we open bookings. In the meantime, you can purchase Gift Admission and receive a voucher valid at any one of our Steam Days later this year. Similarly, we will confirm details of Special Events when we are able to do so.

 

When you visit on one of our Steam Days, you can savour the sights, sounds and smells of steam and take unlimited rides in an historic train as well as exploring the spacious undercover areas of the Engine Shed, Carriage Display and Victorian Broad Gauge Exhibition.

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. See the magnificent preserved locomotives and follow the one-way system that allows you to climb onto the footplate! 

 

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.

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