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Join us for a new kind of weekend break that gives you exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the Great Western Society’s unparalleled collection of historic GWR locomotives and rolling stock, to help you make your models even more realistic.

Join the Model Rail team and people who are passionate about modelling – get close to the action, touch, feel, photograph and measure, and get all the details you need to take your hobby to the next level…

Spaces are limited and are on a first come, first served basis. To keep these tours exclusive we are limiting the group to 25-48 people (maximum).


What’s included:

Two night’s half-board accommodation at the Double Tree Hilton Newbury North (Jnt 13, M4) with access to the leisure centre and facilities. Including:

• Breakfast, lunch and dinner

• Behind-the-scenes access to all the attractions

• Luxury coach transfers to attractions on Saturday and Sunday

• Top tips and modelling secrets from the Model Rail team

• Fully escorted by a friendly tour manager




3pm Arrive at the hotel. Take advantage of the leisure centre and facilities and meet the group.

6pm Join the Model Rail team and your fellow group for a welcome drink before dinner.

6.30pm Three-course meal, followed by a talk from Chris Leigh entitled ‘50 years in Modelling Media’. Learn all his top tips and secrets to help you make the most of your behind-the-scenes weekend.



9.30am Transfer by coach to the amazing Didcot Railway Centre. Immerse yourself in its history with exclusive access to the historic engine shed PLUS access to the branch line. Explore the signal boxes and the broad gauge section, then indulge yourself taking photos and measurements. See the loco works and the storage area of the carriage sheds, and explore the interiors of carriages normally inaccessible to the public. Browse the architectural salvage yard, which holds rescued parts from Crossrail and Reading station rebuilds, plus a Second World War air raid shelter. A steam loco will be in action, ideal for photographs.

Two-course lunch and drink will be provided.

2.30pm Coach transfer to Pendon Museum – a mecca for fans of finescale modelling and pre‑Second World War England, which will be kept open late just for this tour. Enjoy the stunning model making from Britain’s most talented modellers at Pendon Museum… and find out how this miniature wonderland was build.

5.30pm Coach transfer back to the hotel

7pm Three-course dinner with the group, swap measurements and discuss discoveries from the day.



9.30am Coach transfer to Swindon Steam Museum and Railway Village tour.

Be inspired by the GWR’s most famous locomotives: King George V, Caerphilly Castle and City of Truro on the site where they were built – the GWR’s spiritual home of Swindon Works. Gain further insight in Kevin Shurmer’s highlight tour, featuring an exclusive talk on the different aspects of the railway and object handling sessions.

Buffet lunch

Enjoy a specially developed tour to explore the story of GWR and Swindon at the Railway Village. This isn’t part of the normal program, and it will give you an thorough insight into the lives of GWR workers.

3pm – Coach transfer back to the hotel.


All for just £440! Or £399 if you are a current Model Rail Subscriber.


To register your interest and book your place:


Email Or call 01733 395155.