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Didcot Railway Centre Spring Steam Day
An event every week that begins at 12.00am on Sunday, Wednesday and Saturday, repeating until 30 June 2021
One event on 03 June 2021 at 12.00am
About Didcot Railway Centre Spring Steam Days
When you visit Didcot Railway Centre on one of their Spring Steam Days, you can savour the sights, sounds and smells of steam and take unlimited rides on a historic train. You can also explore the spacious undercover areas of the Engine Shed, Carriage Display and Victorian Broad Gauge Exhibition.
Organisers will be using a train of vintage carriages with individual compartments so every group can have their own exclusive space for the ride on the demonstration line. All tickets will be backed by a Lockdown Guarantee, so you can book with confidence.
At weekends and selected other days, a second historic train will be offering rides on the Branch Line - check the Locomotive Roster for which engine(s) are due to be in action on the day of your visit.
Pick up a copy of the outdoor Heritage Trail, explore the 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.
You will also have the chance to get up close to the locomotives in the spacious Engine Shed and yard that have remained largely unchanged since it was built in 1932. See the magnificently 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. A second train will run on the branch line on selected Spring Steam Days.
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.
Good to know
- The Refreshment Rooms will be operating a simple takeaway 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 there will be an increased frequency of cleaning in these and other key areas.
- The Gift Shop, Small Artefacts Museum and The Signalling Centre will be open, with controlled access to keep numbers to a safe level.
- You should arrive within your 30-minute time slot and will then be welcome to stay all day until we close at 4.00pm.