I Dont Do Trains
I dont do Trains!
This is my usual response when talking about the many wonders of railways. But it was a lovely day and the Didcot Railway Centre is 5 minutes down the road so……
I have only been there once before, and that was to deliver frozen chips about 20 years ago. I have to say that, after many years of working around Museums that have been burdened by over zealous health and safety rules this place was a breath of fresh air. It was nice to be able to get close up to the exhibits, mostly without barriers (although Steam Engines are harder to break that aircraft made from fabric and wood) and it was wonderful to see so many people working in the Engine Workshops. Whats more there were many young faces amongst the helpers, something that seems to be lacking in the Aircraft Preservation movement at the moment.
And like the best Aircraft museums, its still very much alive! They have regular steam days throughout the year.
On with the photos (sans captions for the most part as I really have no clue what is what, but please do follow the link to their website)
A busy Workshop
I know my place
Under the skin
What a superb notice
Broad Gauge! the sleepers run parrallel to the rails
In need of a little TLC
An overall view of the Engine Sheds, note the lack of barriers or warnings and the ability to be able to use ones common sense when moving around the site. I found this very refreshing in todays risk averse society.
I still dont do Trains! But I do rather like the Didcot Railway Centre
Let me know what you think