STEAM has been especially busy this year, staging special events to commemorate 175 years of the GWR.
But the Museum gets to mark its own little piece of history in June when it stages a special weekend to celebrate its 10th birthday.
The Swindon Borough Council-owned museum invites all railway fans and families to join in the fun on 12 and 13 June. Special activities include rides in a horse-drawn wagon for a taste of days gone by, the chance to climb aboard STEAM’s famous locomotives, rides on the volunteer-run miniature railway and all the usual attractions at STEAM.
Light refreshments will be available and the normal admission charges will apply.
Swindon and Cricklade Railway have teamed up with STEAM for the birthday event and are offering joint money-saving tickets for their GWR 175 Steam Gala and STEAM entry.The Steam Gala features the chance to ride on some of the great steam locomotives, including City of Truro.
The joint tickets include free bus rides between the two sites and are available only in advance from Swindon and Cricklade Railway’s website at www.swindon-cricklade-railway.org
For more information about STEAM, visit the website at www.swindon.gov.uk/steam or call 01793 466637.
This is how the Link reported the opening of STEAM, on the front page, 10 years ago:
"Swindon’s new Museum of the Great Western Railway – STEAM – was opened on 14 June by the Mayor of Swindon Coun Arthur Archer, a former railway fireman, accompanied by one hundred year old Leonard Kimber, a ‘saw doctor’ inside the works from 1923 and two young poets, Megan Gibson from Shaw and Edmund Baker from Bishopstone. Swindon’s own Queen Victoria, Mary Ratcliffe and the great engineer Brunel were also in attendance."
Pictured left from The Link November 1998, marking the start of work to turn the former R shop into Swindon’s railway heritage museum. Former railway worker Alf Neate restarts the GWR clock with councillor Maurice Fanning
Below, left from The Link July 2000 front page, the Mayor of Swindon, former railway fireman Arthur Archer with Queen Victoria, IK Brunel, one hundred year old Leonard Kimber, Edmund Baker from Bishopstone and Megan Gibson from Shaw