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Events for 9th Mar 2019

Modrail 2019

Date: 9th March 2019

Location: STEAM Museum, Fire Fly Avenue
01793 466646
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Time: 10:00 - 16:30

9 March 2019

Modrail 2019

Come and join the fun with your family and friends as you escape into the wonderfully nostalgic world of model railways!

Located inside STEAM's Great Western Hall, Modrail is organised by Swindon Model Rail Club. There will be a fantastic selection of model railway layouts to enjoy - in a variety of sizes (Z, N, OO, and O standard gauge). 

9 March is also the day of our fortnightly 'Meet the Railway Workers' event!  So if you purchase a ticket to STEAM, you can have the awesome experience of getting onto the footplate as you climb aboard Caerphilly Castle, City of Truro and King George V. You'll meet our friendly team of volunteers who will be happy to share fascinating facts and GWR stories with you. 

You can visit both Modrail and STEAM at a discounted price (please see prices below) and get even more fun for your money!
Admission prices for Modrail 2019 Exhibiton

Adults: £5.00
Children (3-15yrs): FREE 
Discounted STEAM Ticket for Modrail Visitors

Adults: £5.50**
Children (3-15 yrs): £4.40**
Under threes: FREE

Please note, all under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. 
**The discounted price is available on receipt of a valid Modrail entry ticket.

Cost: Please see above.

Special Exhibition: 'Time on Trial'

Date: 14th January 2019 - 31st December 2019

Every day

Location: STEAM Museum, Fire Fly Avenue
01793 466646
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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.