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Summer Steam Days - September

Unlimited steam train rides behind one of our unique locos and 21 acres to explore

Our popular Summer Steam Days will continue at weekends and Wednesdays throughout September allowing visitors to savour the sights sounds and smells of steam.  A unique locomotive will be in action each day we're open so you are in for a real treat whenever you visit!

 


On 12 and 13 September, the iconic "Blue King" No. 6023 "King Edward II" is scheduled to be working trains providing a last chance to see this powerful engine in action before its current boiler certificate expires.

For the remainder of the month, duties will be handled by the 112 year-old Steam Railmotor No 93 - the only surviving vehicle of its type. We will be facilitating social distancing on the platform and trains so you can enjoy unlimited rides on the demonstration line. 

Pick up a copy of our outdoor Heritage Trail, explore this 21-acre open-air museum and unearth almost two centuries of railway heritage. Special outdoor displays and photo opportunities will be set up including historic steam engines, goods trains and a locomotive on the turntable.

Visitors will also have the chance to get up close to the locomotives, including the graceful Edwardian-designed No. 2999 "Lady of Legend",  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.

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.

See our latest pre-arrival advice here.

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.

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