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Swindon Railway Festival to relive the transportation past in September

Posted on 07th September 2016

As part of city’s 175th anniversary celebrations, STEAM will remember the past at the Swindon Railway Festival later this month. The event is a must for train and local history buffs and will show off some engines, artefacts and other railway treasures.

STEAM locomotive in Swindon

The festival will take place over the weekend of 10-11 September. Built to honour the history of the Great Western Railway, STEAM is a favourite destination for those enjoying a cottage holiday in Wiltshire.

It will feature the museum’s biggest-ever live steam engine display. With some help from Hatch Heritage & Steam Engineers, there will be a number of traction engines at the festival. There will be legendary Great Western Railway locomotives as well. Visitors can see the No. 6000 King George V, the No. 3717 City of Truro, and the No. 4073 Caerphilly Castle.

To keep the crowds at the festival on their toes, a replica of the famous Swindon Works Hooter, has successfully been recreated just for the event. The Hooter will sound at several points in the day. This will be a nostalgic reminder of how the Hooter was in the days of the Swindon Railway Works – once one of the busiest places in Britain.

One highlight of the weekend will be a variety of model railways on display. To see the list of more than 25 models, visit the event website.

The event includes shopping stalls to entice visitors. On offer, traders will be selling model railway kits and accessories, art, books and railway memorabilia. To wet your whistle, there will be a real ale bar and a barbecue on both days. There is also the onsite Platform One Café.

There are family tickets and single tickets to the festival available here.

Image Credit: Barry Skeates (flickr.com)