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.

Experienced Aerospace Engineer with a diverse range of Industry experience from 4 years of working mostly on Airbus projects. Currently working on the Aircraft Manufacturer’s site in Filton, Bristol as a subcontractor.

The Job titles you’ll find on my C.V are in these order – Business Analysis Intern, Test Rigs Design Engineer, Technical Coordinator for Design Data Quality checks, Aircraft Configuration Engineer.

Being a bit of a generalist, my posts will be found on all 3 of the sections you’ll find at the top of the site.