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Star Tugs Weekend

July 20th & 21st

Star Tugs Weekend - July 20th & 21st

  • Steam and Diesel Trains in operation
  • Large Display of Star Tugs
  • 'Spot the Tug' Competition
  • Children's activities and colouring sheets

Featuring the original preserved and restored models from the TUGS TV series that aired on the ITV network in 1989.

The show focused upon the day to day battles of two rival Tug fleets competing for contracts in Bigg City Port, the biggest harbour in the world. Some of the models used on TUGS were often used as set-dressing on episodes of Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends.

Trains will be running both weekends and you may ride as many times as you like in our coaches of the period for no extra charge.

This is a Steam Day, so you will be able to view our collections of locomotives, coaches, wagons and buildings as described in the Centre Guide and in our Guidebook (available for purchase from our shop or at the entrance) and enjoy the various facilities and exhibits.

Discover Brunel's Broad Gauge and the 1930s Engine Shed. Visit the GWT Museum and our restoration workshops. Watch the modern pasenger and freight trains from our Picnic Area.

You can walk around the only surviving steam age loco depot in its original condition, and get up close to our large collection of locomotives which are so much more impressive when seen from ground level. Why not explore the rest of the centre including the Archie Trail, the Science Learning & Railways interactive exhibition and visit our shop and refreshment room?

In addition, you will be able to:

  • Ride in coaches from the 1930s behind some of our Great Western steam locomotives, or in our Steam Railmotor or Diesel Railcar. We have two running lines, 'The Main Line' and 'The Branch Line' with trains normally running on either or both of them. You may ride as many times as you like as there is no extra charge
  • Watch the trains go past. There are frequent journeys on our running lines so you will have plenty of opportunity to take photos from vantage points alongside the tracks as well as ride on the trains

Check our Locomotive Roster to see what we expect to be running on your next visit.

You can buy tickets online at any time prior to the day of your visit - or buy them at the entrance on arrival.

Buy tickets

Saturday 20th July 2019
All Day Ticket
Sunday 21st July 2019
All Day Ticket

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