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Special Exhibition: 'Time on Trial'

Date: 14th January 2019 - 31st December 2019

Every day

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

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

Until December

Time on Trial

Dynamometer car interior, 1948

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.

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

Special Exhibition: 'World's Fastest'

Date: 6th April 2019 - 23rd December 2019

Every day

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

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

From April

STEAM Museum Swindon

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. 

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

Meet the Railway Workers

Date: 29th June 2019 - 11th January 2020

Every fortnight

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

Time: 10:00 - 16:00

29 June

Whatever your age, our friendly team of volunteers will add to the STEAM experience as you tour the Museum.

They will welcome you aboard three famous locomotives:

No. 4073 Caerphilly Castle, No. 3717 City of Truro, and No. 6000 King George V!

You'll even get to find out how the controls worked on the great engines!

Expect to hear some fascinating anecdotes of what it was like to be a GWR engine driver, fireman or labourer; or an engineer, craftsman or office worker at one of the 'Shops' inside GWR's Swindon Works.

Our volunteers are happy to help with any questions you may have about the GWR locomotives and artefacts we have on display at STEAM. 

This great experience is free with standard admission and to STEAM Season Ticket holders.

Look out for our occasional Saturday tours of the Museum too!  
 
We look forward to welcoming you soon! 

Meet the Railway Workers Blog  

Find out what inspires our terrific 'Meet the Railway Workers' volunteers by visiting our 'Meet the Railway Workers' Blog

Dates and Times: 

2019 

May 4, 18

June 1, 15, 29

July 13, 27

August 10, 24

September 7, 21

October 5, 19

November 2, 16, 30

December 14, 28

January 2020

January 11

Cost: Included with admission and free to STEAM Season Ticket holders.

Special Exhibition: 'Spark of Genius'

Date: 26th July 2019 - 23rd December 2019

Every day

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

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

From July

A look at some of the GWRs most influential designers, engineers and inventors. 

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

Meccano Challenge Week

Date: 6th August 2019 - 8th August 2019

Every day

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

6, 7, 8 August

Swindon

 

Could you be a 21st century Brunel? Design and build the transport system of the future!

Using junior Meccano, children will be encouraged to learn STEM skills while having fun. They will use unique metal and plastic parts to build land based and flying models. Brunel had steel and steam; we have electricity and robots. Come and model your ideas!

Drop in to STEAM anytime between 10am – 12.30pm and 1 – 3pm.

Ideal for children 7 to 12 years old. All children need to be accompanied and supervised by a responsible adult over the age of 18.

The activity is not suitable for children under 5, as Meccano relies on small nuts and bolts to join it together. Children between 5 and 7 could access the Meccano with adult supervision.

Meccano Challenge Week complements our new special exhibition for July 2019 ‘A Spark of Genius’.

Included with standard admission and STEAM Season Tickets.

Cost: Included with standard admission and STEAM Season Tickets.

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