Swindon Railway Festival
10 and 11 September 2016
This year’s festival, renowned for hosting the UK’s finest model railway layouts, marks 175 years since the birth of the world-famous Swindon Railway Works. The name for this special anniversary is Swindon175.
Event organisers at STEAM say this year’s festival will be bigger than ever with many new highlights, including the new replica of the Swindon Works Hooter*, sounding at regular intervals during the weekend as GWR stars King George V** and City of Truro** take centre stage on the Museum’s recreated 1930s Station Platform.
Live steam from Hatch Heritage and Steam Engineers will be a highlight of the festival and; this year including a rich and colourful display of showman’s vehicles and traction engines.
Model rail layouts on display cross a whole variety of gauges and include these impressive new layouts: ‘Little Aller ’; ‘Ketheric ’; ‘Marshfield ’; ‘Dunsmore Heath ; ‘Alma Street Yard , Chalfont and ‘Chipping Compton’ .
In between the 26 fantastic layouts, visitors will find a plethora of trade stands for all aspects of model making, railway art, books and memorabilia.
Festival goers will also get to see the Museum’s brand new Swindon175 exhibition, 'Daniel Gooch: Life and Legacy', celebrating 200 years since the birth of GWR’s first Locomotive Superintendent and exploring Gooch’s vital role in the building of Swindon Railway Works.
More attractions at the festival include special displays by many preserved railways in the UK and a whole range of railway modelling demonstrations such as locomotive and wagon construction, signalling, soldering and weathering.
Modelling experts will be at hand for a chat and advice, including the team from Railway Modeller as festival sponsor. And STEAM Patron, Pete Waterman, never known to miss this event, will be exhibiting his fine Just Like the Real Thing models. Signed copies of his railway books will be available too.
As the festival takes place throughout the Museum, visitors get to explore the permanent story-telling exhibits and large selection of GWR locomotives at STEAM.
There's also the chance to meet STEAM volunteers who bring the story of steam to life with fascinating GWR anecdotes as they welcome you onto the footplate of No. 4073 Caerphilly Castle**.
Refreshments include hot meals and snacks with a Festival Barbecue, Real Ale Bar and Café in the festival’s outdoor arena, as well as STEAM’s Platform One Café.
The Festival opens between 10.00 am and 5.00 pm.
More details can be had from the STEAM website at: www.steam-museum.org.uk or you can call the Museum on 01793 466637.