A special synchronisation of whistles from running steam engines at Swindon & Cricklade Railway and Steam Museum takes place on Saturday 30 April at 12noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.
Swindon & Cricklade’s special guest engine GWR No. 4247 will blow her whistle as she reaches Taw Valley Halt station on the edge of Moulden Hill Country Park and at that very moment, the newly reproduced Swindon Works Hooter will sound from the roof of Steam Museum, creating a resonant sound which is expected to travel far and wide across Swindon.
For extra audio impact, there will also be a traction engine (owned by Colin Hatch) with its own whistle reinforcing the sounds at Taw Valley Halt.
The synchronisation is part of the Swindon175 celebrations taking place during 2016.
Kids-Go-Free with a full paying adult over the Bank Holiday weekend from Saturday 30 April to Monday 2 May at Swindon & Cricklade Railway, which runs trains north and south from their base at Blunsdon Station in North Swindon. And ticket holders get to have as many rides as they wish (subject to availability) too.
Visitors to the Steam Museum will get to see and hear the steamy blasts of the Swindon Works Hooter outside, and within visit the legendary No. 6000 King George V and No. 3717 City of Truro locomotives. The brand new ‘Swindon: Then and Now’ exhibition provides intriguing images to compare the town of the past and the present.
See the map for directions to Blunsdon Station
Discover how Swindon is celebrating 175 years
Pictured top, GWR 4247 at Blunsdon Station. Above, the new Swindon Hooter blowing. Below, the original hooter on top of Swindon Works photographed by Richard Wintle of Calyx on its last day of operation at the end of March 1986