Didcot Railway Centre 9th July 2016

Built in 1940, a combination between AEC Southall & Great Western Railway Swindon Works, railcar 22 is seen at the Didcot Railway Centre on 09 07 2016

From Martyn Hunt

From Mervyn Russen

GWR steam railcar on the Demonstration track at Didcot. Built 1908

GWR steam railcar on the Demonstration track at Didcot. Built 1908

Ransome and Rapier's turntable

No.18000 Gas Turbine loco - when withdrawn from BR returned to Switzerland eventually on static display in Vienna before being rescued for future restoration.

The boiler from a Hall class engine to be fitted to new Saint class No. 2999 "Lady of Legend".

King class loco No. 6023 King Edward II with 83D Laira (Plymouth) shed plate.


Pannier tank 3650 was built at Swindon Works in 1939, upon withdrawl it was sold to Stephenson Clarke & operated in a Welsh colliery. Initially entering preservation at a site at Hereford it subsequently moved to Didcot under a dedicated restoration team.

5322 was built at Swindon & was 1 of 11 locos sent to France in WW1 for use with the Rail Operating Department of the Army. Repatriated in 1919 it worked from several depots until withdrawl & sent to Barry scrapyard. 5322 was the 3rd loco to leave the scrapyard initially to Caerphilly & subsequently to Didcot.

18000 was built in 1949 by Brown Boveri in Switzerland as a Gas Turbine loco & spent some time in Britain as an experimental loco but deemed "unsuitable". Stripped of internal parts by the manufacturer it subsequently became part of the preservation scene at Didcot.

From David Nelson

Brunel’s broad gauge turntable

Steam Railmotor 93


6023 King Edward II

Shannon built 1857

18000 beyond the Ransomes and Rapier turntable

Identification plate for Ransomes and Rapier turntable

Traverser outside the carriage shed

Remnants of Brunel’s experiment with the Atmospheric Railway

Iron Duke in the Transfer shed

Firefly peeping out of the Transfer shed

A view looking into the Transfer shed from inside Railcar 22