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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.

HST Nameplate Display

Date: 18th July 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

After over 40 years in service GWR's fleet of the iconic HST trains are no longer operating intercity services from London Paddington having been replaced with a fleet of 93 new Intercity Express Trains. Over the years of service they have carried names of people and organisations from the cities, towns and communties they serve. 

Steam - Museum of the Great Western Railway is delighted to be hosting a unique exhibition of nameplates which have been carried by Great Western Railway's iconic high-speed trains. The HST Nameplate Display will be available to view until 31 December 2019.

Find out more about the history of naming locomotives in our Object of the Month blog.

Cost: Included with standard admission.

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

STEAM

The railways were, and still are, a place of new ideas, designs and inventions. The Great Western Railway dared to be different and strove to be the best.

Spark of Genius is a special exhibition which celebrates the forward-thinking ideas of the GWR. The exhibition takes a look at eight individuals who have followed in the footsteps of Isambard Kingdom Brunel – the father of Great Western innovation.

From signalling, to locomotive design and from building tunnels to modernising stations, Spark of Genius explores a wide range of inventions that helped shape the Great Western Railway.

Spark of Genius complements STEAM’s other special exhibitions that opened earlier this year: Time on Trial and World’s Fastest, which explore the GWR’s race to become the fastest railway in the World.

Admission to view Spark of Genius is included with STEAM admission and free to STEAM Season Ticket holders.

Take advantage of the Museum’s great value Kids for a Quid promotion running over the summer holidays.

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

Meet the Railway Workers

Date: 19th October 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

19 October

STEAM

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:

Climb aboard No. 3717 City of Truro, No. 6000 King George V and No. 4073 Caerphilly Castle. Plus, see the footplate of No. 2818!

You'll get to find out how the controls worked on these 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. Purchase online tickets here, or pay on the day.

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

Dates and Times: 

2019 

October 19

November 2, 16, 30

December 14, 28

January 2020

January 11

 

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

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

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