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Autumn Steam Days

Weekends and Wednesdays until 20 Oct | 21 acres of heritage to explore & unlimited steam train rides

Autumn Steam Days operate on Weekends and Wednesdays from 1 September to until 20 October. (Click here for details of Summer Steam Days in July & Augst)



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. Steam trains will be operating on at least one of the Centre's two demonstration lines, allowing you to take unlimited rides. On many days, the second line will be running too and may feature a pioneering diesel railcar, a heritage diesel locomotive or a small branchline steam engine. Check our Locomotive Roster to see what we expect to be running on the date of your visit.

Pick up a copy of our Heritage Trail, explore this 21-acre open-air museum and unearth almost two centuries of railway heritage. Get up close to the locomotives in the spacious Engine Shed and yard which have remained largely-unchanged since they were built in 1932. See the magnificent preserved locomotives and you can even climb onto the footplate of some!

Explore the large carriage shed and see 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 and learn more about the development of railways and how they changed everyday lives. A second train will run on the branch line on selected  Steam Days.


There's a chance to get hands-on in The Signalling Centre where you can find out how trains have been controlled through the ages. Descend into a shelter built to keep Didcot's enginemen safe in WWII and experience an air raid or immerse yourself in the varied collection of fascinating, smaller artefacts in the Small Artefacts Musuem.

Enjoy a snack or light lunch in the Refreshment Rooms and pick up a souvenir from our exclusive range in the Gift Shop.




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.

See our latest pre-arrival advice here.

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