Away from all the hotels, bars and retail centres is Swindon’s Steam Museum, celebrating the story of the men and women who built, shaped and operated the Great Western Railway – the brainchild of the world famous engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Nicknamed 'God's Wonderful Railway' in view of the impact it had, the Great Western Railway linked London with the southwest and west of England and most of Wales in the mid-1800s. It would be also be central to the development and escalation of the modern British holiday, famed as it was as the ‘Holiday Line’ taking greats scores of workers to resorts in South-West England for the very first time.
At the Steam Museum you will find all this brought to life, your chance to experience the sights, the sounds and the absolute thrill of the early locomotives. It’s the Cadbury World of the train with a fairly impressive range of media. Videos - mixing rare archive film footage with the stories of ex-railway workers - and hands-on exhibits and interactive displays, famous locomotives and GWR memorabilia all combine to put life back in the loco.
There’s even a replica period platform where visitors where a short train - comprising of Lode Star, Ditcheat Manor and a 1934 Buffet Car - awaits. Trainspoitting heaven.
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