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Special Exhibition: 'Time on Trial'

16th Sep 2019

Until December

In 1910 a Great Western Railway Star Class engine entered into a race against a London and North Western Railway CompanyExperiment Class engine.  The competition was held to determine which was the best locomotive. This was the first officially recorded time trial between locomotives from different railway companies.

STEAM’s new exhibition Time on Trial takes a look at the exhilarating speed trials that took place between the GWR and other railway companies between 1910 and 1948.  Pride and reputation were at stake as the companies attempted to prove their locomotive building expertise.

Visitors will also find out about the first dynamometer car, built by the GWR in 1838 and used to record data from the official test runs.

A collection of stunning images and fascinating archive material from the STEAM collection are used to illustrate this story.

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

Location: STEAM Museum Fire Fly Avenue Swindon SN2 2EY 01793 466646 Email enquiries: steammuseum@swindon.gov.uk

Cost: Included with STEAM admission and free to STEAM season ticket holders.

Happening Today, 16th Sep 2019
Special Exhibition: 'World's Fastest'

Location: STEAM MuseumFire Fly Avenue
Swindon
SN2 2EY
01793 466646
Email enquiries: steammuseum@swindon.gov.uk

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

Cost: Included with standard STEAM admission, special event admission and is free for STEAM season ticket holders.

From April

In May 1904, the Swindon-built City of Truro locomotive achieved a world record speed of 100mph. Speed was the fascination of the 20th Century and a speeding locomotive epitomised both prestige and glamour. The GWR rebuilt, refined and remodelled locomotives focusing on strength, power and speed. By the 1920s and 1930s these express locomotives became iconic symbols of the GWR.

STEAM’s new special exhibition explores the GWR’s race to become the fastest railway in the World and how advances in design and technology have changed since City of Truro became the first train to travel at 100mph 115 years ago!

A collection of fascinating objects and archive material from the STEAM collection are used to illustrate this story, including the famous Cheltenham Flyer headboard.

This exhibition complements our other new special exhibition Time on Trial, which takes a look at the exhilarating speed trials that took place between the GWR and other railway companies between 1910 and 1948. 

HST Nameplate Display

Location: STEAM MuseumFire Fly Avenue
Swindon
SN2 2EY
01793 466646
Email enquiries: steammuseum@swindon.gov.uk

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

Cost: Included with standard admission.

From 18 July

After over 40 years in service GWR's fleet of the iconic HST trains are no longer operating intercity services from London Paddington having been replaced with a fleet of 93 new Intercity Express Trains. Over the years of service they have carried names of people and organisations from the cities, towns and communties they serve. 

Steam - Museum of the Great Western Railway is delighted to be hosting a unique exhibition of nameplates which have been carried by Great Western Railway's iconic high-speed trains. The HST Nameplate Display will launched on Thursday, 18 July and is available for the public to view until 31 December 2019.

New Castle Class nameplates will also be on display at STEAM. The new Castles will be carried by special trains consisting of four coaches, mainly operating in the West of England. Each will have its own vivid red nameplate. This stunning display will be available in the museum's Caerphilly Hall until 15 September 2019.

Find out more about the history of naming locomotives in this month's Object of the Month blog.

Special Exhibition: 'Spark of Genius'

Location: STEAM MuseumFire Fly Avenue
Swindon
SN2 2EY
01793 466646
Email enquiries: steammuseum@swindon.gov.uk

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

Cost: Included with standard STEAM admission, special event admission and is free for STEAM season ticket holders.

From July

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The railways were, and still are, a place of new ideas, designs and inventions. The Great Western Railway dared to be different and strove to be the best.

Spark of Genius is a special exhibition which celebrates the forward-thinking ideas of the GWR. The exhibition takes a look at eight individuals who have followed in the footsteps of Isambard Kingdom Brunel – the father of Great Western innovation.

From signalling, to locomotive design and from building tunnels to modernising stations, Spark of Genius explores a wide range of inventions that helped shape the Great Western Railway.

Spark of Genius complements STEAM’s other special exhibitions that opened earlier this year: Time on Trial and World’s Fastest, which explore the GWR’s race to become the fastest railway in the World.

Admission to view Spark of Genius is included with STEAM admission and free to STEAM Season Ticket holders.

Take advantage of the Museum’s great value Kids for a Quid promotion running over the summer holidays.