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Swindon Railway Festival 2018

When: Saturday 08 September 2018 12:00 AM - Sunday 09 September 2018 05:00 PM

Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September, 10am to 5pm 


*Important Traffic Information for Sunday 9 September*
Please be aware that on Sunday 9 September, the Swindon Half-Marathon takes place and there will be some road closures and traffic disruption in Swindon between 7am and 1pm. Please see the Half Marathon website for details:







See the Finest Model Railways in the UK

Join Us for the Biggest GWR Event of the Year 



Step into the glorious world of model railways...

Prepare to be amazed as you discover beautiful model railway engines, carriages, wagons, stock and scenery with their astounding level of detail and craftsmanship.
With a terrific variety of scales and gauges on offer (please scroll down for layout details), you'll find 27 model railways displayed throughout the Museum! So you can enjoy the magnificent real locomotives alongside the magical models.

These model railway are uniquely designed and built by expert enthusiasts and model railway groups who love to share their creations - reflecting their awesome dedication and skill in recreating picturesque and historic railway scenes in miniature.  

Live Steam

Our two-day festival has a great atmosphere - full of cameraderie and lively chat.
You'll be welcomed on arrival by the live steam display at the front of the Museum, setting the scene with evocative smoky smells and sounds of the steam whistle.
Listen out too for the GWR Swindon Works Hooter - it's powered by live steam!
These attractions are courtesy of Hatch Heritage & Steam Engineers.

Family Activities 

Family activities include special children's interactive model railways, activity trails,  dedicated play areas inside the Museum plus the chance to climb aboard No. 6000 King George V, No. 3440 City of Truro and No. 4073 Caerphilly Castle

And the Young at Heart 

Fascinating modelling demonstrations will run throughout the weekend and you can chat to specialist modellers for tips and advice on building and weathering techniques.  

Our friendly team of STEAM volunteers will also be at hand to answer any questions about exhibits and STEAM's permanent displays. 

Teams and volunteers from other heritage railway organisations will be attending so it's a great opportunity to delve more into the world of steam (and diesel) railways.

As ever, there will be trade stands galore for all your railway bargains.  

Refreshments GWR Style

Delicious refreshments will be served in the GWR outdoor arena, including a barbeque and Real Ale Bar.

Tempting home-made hot and cold meals are available at STEAM's Platform One Café.

Take a Look

This exciting two-day festival appeals to rail enthusiasts and families and is a fantastic day out for all generations.

But don't just take our word for it - check out this video to get a glimpse of the amazing world of model railways and what's on offer at this unique event:


Ticket Prices   

Swindon Railway Festival Ticket Prices
Child (3-16 yrs)
Family Ticket (1 Adult + 1 Child)
Family Ticket (1 Adult + 2 Children)
Family Ticket (1 Adult + 3 Children)
Family Ticket (2 Adults + 1 Child)
Family Ticket (2 Adults + 2 Children)
Family Ticket (2 Adults + 3 Children)

STEAM Season Ticket holders get a 10% discount off these prices. For details, please see: STEAM Season Ticket 





Model Railway Layouts 2018

Gauge 3
Warton Road

G Scale
Hortus Halt

Cei Felin Papur (*NEW LAYOUT*)
Johnstown Road
Knockley Gate (*NEW LAYOUT*)
Laramie Engine Terminal
Pen-Rhiw Ceiber Twlch
Rebirth of Snow Hill Birmingham (*NEW LAYOUT*)
Wolfe Lowe
7mm Broad Gauge
Bristol Goods Shed
Dunsmore Heath
Alma Street Quay
Culham GWR Broad Gauge (*NEW LAYOUT*)
Awdry St Nicholas (*NEW LAYOUT*)
Hemyock (*NEW LAYOUT*)
Sutton Parva
2mm Fine Scale
Mini M.S.W.
Tucking Mill
‘N’ Gauge
Gravelly Oak
Hawkins Halt
The Spirit of Swindon
009 scale

Amiens 1918 - Tracks and Trenches 

Quarter inch to foot
Boot Station (Ravenglass and Eskdale railway)
Narrow Gauge


STEAM - Museum of the
Great Western Railway

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