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The Didcot Big Steam

September 24 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm


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This will be a rare chance to see and ride behind five contrasting Didcot restored locomotives and with a little luck, No 2409 “King George” will have passed his boiler exam and will also be running alongside his sisters on the day.

Our steam power will be come in the form of:

The award-winning 2999 ‘Lady of Legend’ which entered service in 2019 following a 24-year project to recreate the elegant Edwardian engine.

No: 4144 – a large and powerful tank engine built at the Great Western Railway’s famous Swindon Locomotive Works in 1946.

No: 1340 ‘Trojan’ – the oldest working Great Western Railway engine, built in 1897.

No. 4079 ‘Pendennis Castle’, originally completed at Swindon in February 1924 and returned to traffic at Didcot Railway Centre in April 2022.

No 2409 “King George” – awaiting its final boiler inspection, our newest finished restoration project – originally built in May 1942 – will hopefully get the go ahead to join the fleet and haul passenger services over the weekend.

In addition to passenger trains, the event will feature goods workings, demonstrations of the 70ft turntable in action, a chance to see enginemen coaling the locos under the newly restored Grade II Listed 1932 coal stage and dramatic action as a coal truck is propelled up the steep incline to the coal stage – all sights that were commonplace at the steam depot in GWR days.
On site, you will find painstakingly restored buildings, carriages, and wagons and learn more about the development of railways and how they changed everyday lives. 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. See the magnificent preserved locomotives – you can even climb onto the footplate of some! A leisurely walk or a trip on our branch line will take you to the Transfer Shed where you can see surviving track from Brunel’s Broad Gauge railway with replica locomotives and carriages.

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!

Enjoy a snack or light lunch in the Refreshment Rooms and pick up a souvenir from our exclusive range in the Gift Shop.


September 24
10:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Didcot Railway Centre
Didcot Parkway Station, Station Rd
Didcot, Oxfordshire OX11 7NJ United Kingdom
01235 817200
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