GWR – God’s Wonderful Railway

This post was birthed out a a trip from Bristol (Parkway) to Reading that had me trying out my new Alpha A290 DSLR Camera, on a First Great Western Railway train. This line was known as GWR in its early years and is the brainchild of our oft discussed Engineer – I.K Brunel.

Two museums, housing the legacy of I.K.B and GWR (a.k.a Great Way Round) are STEAM – Museum of the Great Western Railway & Didcot Railway Centre.


This grade 2 listed building can be seen just before the train pulls into Swindon Station, and promises to give visitors the railway worker experience – including the foundry heat and grime.

Tickets cost – £6.40 (Adult), £4.25 (Senior citizens & Students), £3.10 – £9.90 (School Trips).

There is a 20% discount available with a Train Ticket purchased on the day.

Didcot Railway Center

Houses a unique collection of GWR’s for budding trainspotters and offers a chance to fulfill any early childhood steam train driving ambitions for £260. Normal ticket prices range from £5 -£10 pp.

Also of interest is Work experience offered to Schools and colleges.

Graduated from Kingston University in 2008 with a BEng in Aerospace Engineering Design.

Now Working for an Aerospace SME in Bristol on work sub-contracted to it from Airbus UK. I started off first as a ‘Graduate Intern’, but now as ‘Design Engineer’.

As an Aerospace Engineer and one just starting out his career, you will find me writing more on ‘Career Development’ in the Aerospace Industry.