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Page last updated:
27-May-2016
Locomotives 6023 and 5051 in front of the engine shed Steam Railmotor from the footplate of passing locomotive

Gala Events

We are planning gala and themed events for 2016 as follows:

Scroll down or click on any of these events for more details. The page will be updated as each event approaches.


50th Anniversary of the End of Steam on British Railways (Western Region)

3 January 2016 - (Normal Running Day admission prices apply)

Easter Gala with Guest Loco ‘Tornado’

25-28 March 2016 - (Gala Day admission prices apply)

Steam Gala

30 April - 2 May 2016 - (Gala Day admission prices apply)

1450 in the Transfer Shed
1450 in the Transfer Shed

175th Anniversary of the opening of the Great Western Railway

The visiting locomotives are:

They will be joined by:

In the Broad Gauge Transfer Shed you can meet some ‘Victorians’ and find out what it was like to travel on the earliest GWR trains. There will also be other information around the Railway Centre regarding our Victorian heritage.

Other attractions include:

Diesel Gala and Real Ale Festival

28-30 May 2016 - (Gala Day admission prices apply)

Didcot Diesel Gala
Class 33 - 33035

Confirmed visiting locomotives are:

Due to the unavailability of some of the main line diesel locomotives which we had hoped might attend we will be reducing the admission charge for the Diesel Gala. Admission will be £11 (adult), £9 (child), £10 (60+) and £34 (family, 2 adults + 2 children).

Latest Update: Courtesy of DB Cargo, 08 diesel shunter - 08742 will be appearing, albeit as a static exhibit.
Recently released from the back of Didcot Diesel Depot this loco proves that DB still do have an 08 presence!

The event will also feature Didcot Railway Centre's:

Other attractions include:

Didcot Railway Centre Transport Rally

Didcot Tansport Rally
Didcot Transport Rally

5 June 2016 - (Normal Running Day admission prices apply)

Following our successful first Transport Rally in 2015, held in conjunction with Thames Valley & Great Western Omnibus Trust, we are holding our second Rally on 5 June this year. The event will be integral with Didcot Railway Centre where our usual railway-related operations and exhibits will be available, plus some additional activities. The admission price for the Rally includes access to Didcot Railway Centre.

The Transport Rally this year is again to be held at Didcot Foxhall Road Car Park (APCOA) OX11 7HJ. There will be free Vintage bus rides (courtesy of Thames Valley & Great Western Omnibus Trust) between the Rally site and Didcot Parkway station.

Exhibits are expected to include:

All the above are subject to confirmation, and updates will be provided as exhibits are confirmed. We hope to have a 1940s feel to this year’s Rally both at the Rally site and at the Railway Centre. There will be catering and toilets available at the Rally site.

Official Entry for Exhibits and Sales Stands is now closed, but if you are still interested in either please contact Roger Orchard at Didcot Railway Centre.

If you'd like to bring a bus or coach please go to the Thames Valley and Great Western Omnibus Trust web site where the entry form is available

Fathers' Day

19 June 2016 - (Normal Running Day admission prices apply)

Teddy Bears' Picnic and Family Funday

10 July 2016 - (Normal Running Day admission prices apply)

See our Teddy Bears' Picnic page for more details.

August Bank Holiday

27-29 August 2016 - (Normal Running Day admission prices apply)

All in a Day's Work

24-25 September 2016 - (Normal Running Day admission prices apply)

Remembrance Day

13 November 2016 - (Normal Running Day admission prices apply)

As ever we can only give an indication of what is intended and all details may be subject to change at short notice.

 

 

 

 

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