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Summer Steam Days

Wed 28 & Thu 29 July and Sats, Suns, Weds & Thurs 4 - 26 Aug - Steam train rides & much more!

Wed 28, Thu 29 July

Weekends, Wednesdays and Thursdays 4 - 26 August

Travel back in time to the golden age of the Great Western Railway and savour the sights, sounds and smells of steam as you explore this 21-acre living museum with trains dating from Victorian times to the 1960s.

 

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 our colourful Centre Guide, explore this 21-acre living museum and unearth almost two centuries of railway history. Get up close and see them at close quarters. Stroll through the original 1932 Engine Shed and see magnificent preserved locomotives – you can even climb onto the footplates of some!

See surviving track from Brunel's Broad Gauge, discover painstakingly restored buildings, coaches and wagons and learn more about the development of railways and how they changed everyday lives.

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 museum. Don't miss the carriage display 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!

 

Children can also make tracks to the outdoor play area or dress up as a station master*. You can relax over lunch or enjoy a snack in the refreshment rooms and don't forget to pick up a souvenir in the gift shop. The modern trains running past the centre complete the picture and mean you can experience over 180 years of railway progress in just one day!

 

 

 

UP TO 20% OFF WHEN YOU BOOK IN ADVANCE

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. This is likely to change during the Summer Steam Days season as coronavirus restrictions are eased - ticket holders will receive the latest information just prior to their visit.

COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS - We are legally required to share contact details with National Health Track & Trace if requested.

LOCKDOWN GUARANTEE - Should national or local Covid-19 regulations oblige us to postpone your booked Steam Day or should you need to postpone due to coronavirus or in order to self-isolate, then you can transfer to another Steam Day later in 2021.

 

* Details of facilities and activities are based on coronavirus restrictions being eased - the Air Raid Shelter and dressing up necessarily remain closed at present - some other aspects may be subject to change.


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