About Didcot Railway Centre Spring Steam Days
Didcot Railway Centre Spring Steam Days offes you the opportunity to 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 branch line steam engine. Check the 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!
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 the latest pre-arrival advice here.
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.
* Details of facilities, activities and some other aspects may be subject to change.