About the Railcar Rendezvous
The Ladygrove Estate district in the town of Didcot must be doing something right because the average life expectancy is about 86 years, well above the 69 years for women and 67 for men based on 2001 statistics. Some credit the benefits of exercise at local recreation grounds and a sports centre but railway enthusiasts may disagree. To them, the aroma of diesel fuel from the Railcar Rendezvous held every year at the Didcot Railway Centre is the 'secret' to their longevity.
Admittedly, this is an extreme minority opinion considering modern medical wisdom, but who really knows? What we do know is that the Railcar Rendezvous will feature four railcars that are considered 'pioneers'. This is a four-day long weekend event running from Friday through Monday.
Visitors will be able to explore the 21 acres, an outdoor museum spanning 200 years of railway history. The 1932 engine shed will give visitors the chance to climb on the footplates of these wonderfully restored locomotives as well as the 'painstakingly restored buildings, coaches and wagons'. Your kids, little 'steam engines' on their own, can vent some of that steam at an outdoor play area and even get dressed up as a Station Master.
Didcot Railway Centre
Originally called the Great Western Railway (GWR), the Didcot station rail line was built in 1839 with the station opening in 1844. Didcot was a midway point on the railway and became a place to maintain and store locomotives, so the 1932 shed was built for this purpose. Steam engines gave way to diesel and the shed and railway closed in 1965. Two years later, a long-term lease was granted to the Great Western Society (GWS) and the station became a railway museum and preservation engineering site.
Entry To The Event
The doors open at 10:30 a.m. and close at 5:00 p.m. with the final admission at 3:30 p.m. Same-day tickets are £14.00 for adults, £12.50 for seniors, £9.50 for kids and £44.00 for a family of four. A 10% discount applies to advance online purchases. It always takes money to preserve the locomotives and maintain the tracks, so any extra donations are welcome.
Somewhere to Stay in Oxfordshire
The Station House Hotel is in Didcot very close to the station, but there are many other nearby hotels along A34 and toward Oxford to the north. If the weather cooperates, campers and caravaners can camp at one of several campsites mostly to the south and east of Didcot.
Getting To Station Road
Drivers arriving at the Railcar Rendezvous can navigate to the roundabout where the A34 and the A4130 meet and head east on the A4130 heading toward Didcot. At the A4130 / B4493 roundabout, take the B4493 and continue to the next roundabout where the Station Road exit leads to the destination. Buses stop in front of the station and the GWR still serves the Didcot Parkway near the station.
Other Things To Do Around The Area
Weekend visitors will want to explore and learn about the history and heritage of Oxfordshire county, and one good place to start is the Abingdon County Hall Museum. It has displays of Abingdon’s most famous and historically significant images and artefacts including The Monk's Map, a 16th-century map of the River Thames around Abingdon. Abingdon is situated about 8 miles north of Didcot. Continue north to Oxford, home of Oxford University and where there are many attractions and activities to keep the whole family entertained.
People with mobility issues will have to manoeuvre an unavoidable flight of 18 steps leading into the Railway Centre. A ramp is in the works, but funding issues are preventing its construction. Pets on a leash are welcome, but owners are responsible for any 'undesirable debris' caused by the animal.
When is the next Railcar Rendezvous?
The Railcar Rendezvous is planned to take place at Station Road, Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11 7NJ, Friday 10th April, 2020. This is a Four Day Steam Event.
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