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Great Western Society

About the Society


The Great Western Society operates the Didcot Railway Centre (the ‘Didcot Centre’), a former Great Western Railway (GWR) engine shed, now housing its GWR locomotives, carriages, wagons and other stock, both standard and broad gauge. The collection is considered to be the largest collection of items relating to any one railway company, anywhere in the world.

The Society also has an educational and historical aspect. In particular it has a number of local Area Groups that not only support the Didcot Centre, but also have a more generalised GWR interest which is explored through their local meetings and presentations.

Benefits of Membership

  • Membership of a society that is dedicated to the preservation of an extensive GWR collection and seeks to further the memory of the Great Western Railway

  • Free entry to the Didcot Centre

  • Magazine, 'Great Western Echo’, issued quarterly

  • Access to an extensive archive of material relating to the Great Western Railway

  • Local area groups, which organise a programme of monthly ‘presentation style’ meetings as well as occasional events in their local areas:


- Bristol: Website Email: gwrtj[at]aol[dot]com

- Torbay: joanlemar[at]yahoo[dot]com

- Taunton: stu.chris[at]tesco[dot]net







Email: Use contact box on website

Membership Fee

Adult: £32
Joint Adults: £46
Juniors (under 18) and full time Students: £20
Life memberships also available

How to Join:

Join via the Society’s website. You can use the following link:  didcotrailwaycentre.membership

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