The rich history of the Great Western Railway continues to be celebrated in Swindon and beyond, in its 175th Anniversary year. It’s fitting that one of the attractions to the biggest event in the calendar will be an example of the best in British engineering, the fastest steam driven car on the planet.
The Swindon Railway Festival on 11 and 12 September at STEAM will entertain families and rail enthusiasts from all over the country.
The British Steam Car will be rolling up to STEAM – Museum of the Great Western Railway for the Swindon Railway Festival on 11 and 12 September and is sure to wow the crowds as it holds the record as the fastest steam car in the world.
Visitors will be able to climb into the cockpit and have their photos taken in the Steam Car and will also be able to meet the racing team, including driver Don Wales, pictured.
Other key attractions throughout the weekend include the UK’s most impressive model railway layouts, traction engines from Hatch Heritage and Steam Engineers, famous steam locomotives, plus a wide range of railway displays, road shows, memorabilia and trade stands.
Pop music powerhouse and model railway expert Pete Waterman will be around on both days to join the celebrations, as will the experts from Hornby and Bachmann.
STEAM even has its own GWR 175 celebration beer Chuffin Ale on sale to mark the 175th anniversary year of the Great Western Railway.
Cllr Garry Perkins, Deputy Leader of Swindon Borough Council and the Cabinet Member responsible for STEAM, said: “This year’s Swindon Railway Festival promises to be the best yet and the British Steam Car is sure to be a big draw.
“We also have some fantastic traction engines on show as well as our famous locomotives and retired railway workers will really give visitors a feel for what it was like to work and travel on the Great Western Railway. We are also delighted that our patron Pete Waterman is back for the festival once more.”
To find out more call STEAM on 01793 466646.