Welcome to the Great Western Society's Digital Archive

Didcot Railway Centre is the home of the Great Western Society

Get closer to the Great Western Society’s history through this collection and immerse yourself in nearly 200 years of social and commercial history.

The Great Western Society exists to preserve, restore and operate, as a permanent public exhibition and museum, locomotives, rolling stock, equipment machinery and relics of historical operational and general interest and educational value with particular reference to the former Great Western Railway and its successors following the nationalisation of the railways in 1948 and also to collect, make available for public reference and publish information concerning the history, equipment and operation of the former Great Western and other railways

Didcot Railway Centre has been set up to house and display our growing collection, which is thought to be the biggest collection of items relating to any one railway company, anywhere in the world.

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