Based around the original 1930 GWR Engine Shed, the Centre is home to the biggest collection anywhere of Great Western Railway steam engines, carriages and wagons. A typical GWR station has been re-created and a section of Brunel's original broad gauge track relaid, with a replica of the Fire Fly locomotive of 1840. Children's activities include a train themed play park, dressing up area and interactive exhibits. There is a full programme of steam and diesel days, galas and Days Out with Thomas. Check website for details.
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Facilities – at a glance
- Parking nearby
- 18 steps at entrance, once inside level paths throughout
- Facilities: Hearing loop in shop
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open every weekend, BHs & daily in school holidays. Closed 25-26 Dec. Check website for details of train running days and special events
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About The area
Located at the heart of England, Oxfordshire enjoys a rich heritage and surprisingly varied scenery. Its landscape encompasses open chalk downland and glorious beechwoods, picturesque rivers and attractive villages set in peaceful farmland. The countryside in the northwest of Oxfordshire seems isolated by comparison, more redolent of the north of England, with its broad views, undulating landscape and dry-stone walls. The sleepy backwaters of Abingdon, Wallingford, Wantage, Watlington and Witney reveal how Oxfordshire’s old towns evolved over the centuries, while Oxford’s imposing streets reflect the beauty and elegance of ‘that sweet city with her dreaming spires.’ Fans of the fictional sleuth Inspector Morse will recognise many Oxford landmarks described in the books and used in the television series.
The county demonstrates how the strong influence of humans has shaped this part of England over the centuries. The Romans built villas in the pretty river valleys that thread their way through Oxfordshire, the Saxons constructed royal palaces here, and the Normans left an impressive legacy of castles and churches. The philanthropic wool merchants made their mark too, and many of their fine buildings serve as a long-lasting testimony to what they did for the good of the local community.
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