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Repainting the telegraph poles
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A well earned rest

Work Week

By popular demand - Work Week now has its very own web-page

Work Week 2016

... will run from Saturday 30 July to Sunday 7 August 2016.

Ask not what the Great Western Society can do for you - ask what you can do for your Society” is not something that John F Kennedy is down on record as ever having said. Had the former President realized that it was possible to do something for the Society and to have it do something for you simultaneously, and that it is possible to have fun whilst doing them, I think a mention of GWS Work Week might well have crept in.

Maintaining the Mixed Gauge

Our annual Work Week is a splendid opportunity for you to get down and dirty – recreating the Golden Age of the Great Western Railway. Don’t think that because you don’t have engineering skills, we can’t use your talents and enthusiasm. If you’re enthusiastic and willing, we will ensure you are given the job and the training to enable you to make a valuable contribution.

What’s it all about?

For the Society, it’s a golden opportunity for a concentrated effort to get some of the outstanding tasks around the Centre completed. Looking after our 20 acre site is a never-ending task – there is always plenty to do. However, it is not all about work! It is a combination of work and enjoyment!

For you, it has many advantages!

Limited accommodation may be available in our Mk III sleeping coach and limited pre-booked camping on site is also possible, or you may wish to stay in the Didcot area and a list of accommodation is available from the Society office (see below).  The Catering Department provides breakfast, lunch and an evening meal each day at very reasonable prices, and our very own ‘Black Python’ bar coach provides beer at equally reasonable prices each evening.

Work Week Outing

As ever there will be a ‘workers’ playtime’ (chance to drive an engine under supervision) and an outing. This years outing will see the return of an old favourite in the form of a boat trip to Oxford. Leaving the railway centre mid-afternoon on Wednesday 5th we’ll travel to Abingdon and there join the Salter’s Steamer service to Oxford – you can then enjoy the delights of Oxford until returning to Didcot by train at a time to suit yourself. Sign up sheets for both these activities will be in the staff end of the restaurant from the beginning of the week – all welcome.


If you're planning on volunteering for more than a day you may be looking for overnight accommodation, and we can help you to find something suitable.

To enquire about accommodation please contact the Didcot Railway Centre Office by e-mail or Tel: 01235-817200.


Recreating the golden age of the Great Western Railway