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Swindon Railway Festival 2019

Date: 7th September 2019 - 8th September 2019

Every day

Location: STEAM Museum, Fire Fly Avenue
01793 466646
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Time: 10:00 - 17:00

7 & 8 September

STEAM Swindon



The big GWR event of the year, celebrating all things railway

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 an astounding level of detail and craftsmanship.

You’ll find 26 model railways throughout the Museum, covering the whole range of scales and gauges (please scroll down for layout details).

Experts will be at hand to answer your questions and offer modelling tips, whether your knowledge is basic or specialist.  

Family activities include special children’s interactive model railways, activity trails and dedicated play areas inside the Museum. There's also the chance to get onto the footplate of No. 6000 King George V, No. 3440 City of Truro and No.2818.

There will also be a live steam traction engine display at the front of the museum, including the sounding of STEAM's own Swindon Works Replica Hooter* (on the hour, every hour).

Don't miss STEAM's new exhibitions: Time on Trial, World's Fastest, and A Spark of Genius.

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

Children who successfully 'change the points' in our GWR Signal Box will receive a a special GWR certificate. 

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

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

*Created by Colin Hatch, Hatch Heritage & Steam Engineers.

Take a Look

This exciting two-day festival is full of cameraderie and lively chat and appeals to rail enthusiasts of all ages and families alike. 

But don’t just take our word for it - check out this video to get a glimpse of what’s on offer at this unique event.

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.

Admission Prices

Adult (16+ yrs): £13.10
Child (3-15 yrs): £8.80
Senior (65+ yrs): £10.00
Student: £10.00

Family Ticket (1 Adult + 1 Child): £22.10
Family Ticket (1 Adult + 2 Children): £27.30
Family Ticket (1 Adult + 3 Children): £34.70
Family Ticket (2 Adults + 1 Child): £31.00
Family Ticket (2 Adults + 2 Children): £35.20
Family Ticket (2 Adults + 3 Children): £42.50

Advance Tickets


How to Find Us

Please click here for directions to STEAM. 

Please note, there is strictly NO FREE CAR PARKING FOR SPECIAL EVENTS. There is strictly no car parking outside of the Museum except for Blue Badge holders. 

Car parking is available in the Swindon Designer Outlet North and West car parks

For full car parking details, please click here.

Swindon Designer Outlet car park fees

£1 for 0-5hours, £12 for 5-12 hours or free if you spend over £100 at the Designer Outlet!


Model Railway Layouts 2019

2mm Fine Scale


Hallam Town


Tucking Mill

‘N’ Gauge

Beacon Point*

Hawes Junction*

Hawkins Halt (Children’s Entertainment layout)

Hope Bernigar

Meres & Mosses Light Railway


Awdry St Nicholas

Chapel – En – Le – Frith

Fiddlens Row*

Margate Road

Merthyr Riverside

Scale 4 (18.83 track gauge)

Sidmouth (winner of the Sir William McAlpine Award)


‘O’ Gauge

Aber – Emlyn

East Dean

East Midlands ‘O’ Gauge Group Test Track

Fen Drove - Mreidland and Great Northern Railway

Kingsbury (Barnhill MRC)

Paper Mill Wharf – Under construction

Pistyll Graig DdU             

Wyken Yard

7mm ‘O’ Gauge

Weatherbury Magna*

7mm Broad Gauge

Bristol Goods Shed


Campbells Quarry           

*New layout


Traders Attending


Bill Hudson Transport Books

Brunswick Railways LTD.

Cheltenham Model Centre

Greenwood Model Railway Products

Kernow Model Rail Centre

Lee Marsh Model Co

Masterpiece Models

Picture Pride Displays

Rob Rowland Artist & Illustrator

Squires Model and Craft Tools



2874 Trust

6024 Preservation Society Ltd

6880 Betton Grange Society Ltd

Dean Forest Railway Society

Ffestiniog Railway Society

Friends of Swindon Railway Museum

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway

Great Western Society Ltd

Network Rail

Pendon Museum of Miniature Landscape and Transport

Rodbourne Community History Group

Vale of Berkeley Charitable Trust

Cost: Special Events Admission applies.