About

STEAM – Museum of the Great Western Railway is housed in a beautifully restored Grade II railway building in the heart of the former Swindon railway works.

Situated right opposite the Swindon Designer Outlet, the museum tells the story of the men and women who built, operated and travelled on the Great Western Railway, often referred to by historians and railway fans as ‘God’s Wonderful Railway’.

The pioneering vision and engineering genius of Isambard Kingdom Brunel led to the Great Western Railway network becoming regarded as the most advanced in the world.

Meet the Railway Workers takes place fortnightly on Saturdays.

Whatever your age, our friendly team of volunteers will add to the STEAM experience as you tour the Museum.

They will welcome you aboard two famous locomotives: No. 4073 Caerphilly Castle and No. 6000 King George V!

Expect to hear some fascinating anecdotes of what it was like to be a GWR engine driver, fireman, labourer or an office worker at GWR’s Swindon Works.

You’ll even get to find out how the controls worked on these great engines!

Our volunteers are also happy to help with any questions you may have about the many GWR locomotives and artefacts we have on display at STEAM.

This wonderful experience is free with standard admission and to STEAM Season Ticket holders.

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