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King Edward II on Didcot demonstration line Steam Railmotor approaching Didcot Halt


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Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11 7NJ

½ mile



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4ft 8½in & 7ft ¼in



See our unique collection of GWR steam engines, coaches, wagons, buildings and small relics; and a recreation of Brunel's broad gauge railway.

Didcot Railway Centre is based around the original four track GWR Engine Shed built in 1932. Operational locomotives not in use on an open day, and those restored for static display can generally be seen in or around the Engine Shed.

The main demonstration line at Didcot runs the entire length of the Centre, a distance of nearly half a mile. On steamdays you will usually be able to ride on a train of coaches from the 1930s hauled by one our larger steam locomotives.

The Branch Line runs down the western side of the Railway Centre, from Didcot Halt, located near the Turntable in the centre of the site, to the Transfer Shed at the north end of the Centre. On steamdays you will usually be able to ride on a train hauled by one our smaller steam locomotives, or maybe even on the GWR Diesel Railcar.

There is also a recreation of Brunel's Broad Gauge track, and on special occasions a replica of Daniel Gooch's 1840 broad gauge locomotive 'Fire Fly' operates on this track.