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Cancelled: Swindon Railway Festival

Date: 12th September 2020 - 13th September 2020

Every day

Location: STEAM Museum, Fire Fly Avenue
01793 466646
Email enquiries:

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

12 & 13 September

steam museum


Sadly, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, the Museum has taken the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Swindon Railway Festival, which would have taken place on the 12th & 13th September. We know that the event is an annual fixture in many of your diaries, and we are very sorry that we are not able to deliver the event this year. However, the safety and wellbeing of our visitors, volunteers, exhibitors and staff remains of utmost importance to us. If you have booked a ticket, please check your email inbox for information regarding refunds.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Swindon Railway Festival in 2021.

Thank you for your continued support in these challenging times.




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 29 model railways throughout the Museum, covering the whole range of scales and gauges.


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 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).

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 available, including hot food such as pies and pasties.

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


  Online On the Door
Adult £11.70 £13.00
Child (3-15 yrs) £7.90 £8.80
Senior (65+ yrs) £9.00 £10.00
Student (ID required) £9.00 £10.00
Family (1 Adult + 2 Children) £24.60 £27.30
Family (1 Adult + 3 Children) £31.20 £34.70
Family (2 Adults + 1 Children) £27.90 £31.00
Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) £31.70 £35.20
Family (2 Adults + 3 Children) £38.30 £42.50


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!


Layouts Attending

Gauge ‘3’

Test Track - hand's on 'drive a loco'

7mm Scale


Cwm Pen-ol Junction


East Midlands Group Test Track

Laramie Engine Terminal


Paper Mill Quay

Plymouth Friary Engine Shed*

7mm Broad Gauge

Dunsmore Heath

Teign House Sidings

The Parlour Railway*

S Scale


4mm Scale

Awdry St Nicholas - interactive layout



Cyril Street

Montague Field

Porth Saint John

4mm EM Gauge


Clarendon & Scrubbs Lane

2mm Fine Scale



2mm ‘N’ Gauge

Broadwater Junction


Puffin Colliery

Untitled* - interactive layout

Narrow Gauge

Bluebell Summit

The Quarry



*New layout


Traders Attending

Air Framed

Bill Hudson Books

Brunswick Railways Ltd

Cheltenham Model Centre

Greenwood Model Rail

Handbourn Cabinets

Kernow Model Centre

Lee Marsh Models Ltd

Minerva Model Railways

Masterpiece Models

Rob Rowland, Artist & Illustrator

Slater’s Plastikard

Squires Model & Craft Tools


Cost: Special Events Admission applies.