About Didcot Railway Centre February Half-Term Steam Days
Half-Term Steam Days – 19, 20, 23, 26 & 27 February 2022
Savour the sights, sounds and smells of steam; take unlimited rides behind the oldest working Engine No. 1340 ‘Trojan’ and the Guest Engine No. 2678 ‘Knowle’ who is visiting from the Kent and East Sussex Railway; explore the spacious undercover areas of the Engine Shed, Carriage Display, Victorian Broad Gauge Exhibition and Signalling Centre.
At the Didcot Railway Centre February Half-Term Steam Days, 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 branch line steam engine. Check the Locomotive Roster to see what to expect to be running on the date of your visit.
Pick up a copy of the site guide, explore this 21-acre open-air museum and unearth almost two centuries of railway heritage. See preserved locomotives, restored carriages, vintage wagons, historic buildings and much more.
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 and now houses the magnificently preserved engines, some of which have steps to allow visitors 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.
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.
To open safely, visitor numbers are limited, and tickets need to be booked in advance – please book a ticket for each adult and for children aged 3 and over. Sadly, Government guidelines mean not everything is able to open at once. Some facilities will not be open, such as the Air Raid Shelter and Welford Park Dressing Up – these will reopen at a later date in line with Government guidance with appropriate measures in place to keep everyone safe.
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.
To open safely, we have limited visitor numbers and tickets need to be booked in advance – please book a ticket for each adult and child aged 3 and over.
You can relax over lunch or enjoy a snack in the Engine Shed Cafe, where hot and cold drinks, pre-packed snacks and hot food will be served with limited indoor seating and plenty of picnic tables and benches around the Centre.
Toilets will be available with an increased frequency of cleaning in these and other key areas. The gift shop and Museum will be open too, 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 be welcome to stay all day until we close at 4.00pm.
COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS – The centre is legally required to share contact details with National Health Track & Trace if requested.
*Details of facilities and activities are based on coronavirus restrictions being eased – some other aspects may be subject to change.