STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway

STEAM tells the story of the men and women who built, operated and travelled on the Great Western Railway, a network that, through the pioneering vision and genius of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, set the standard for rail travel. 

The museum is housed in a beautifully restored Grade II railway building in the heart of the former Swindon Works, once one of the largest railway engineering complexes in the world.


Telephone: 01793 466646


Address: STEAM – Museum of the Great Western Railway, Fire Fly Avenue, Swindon, SN2 2EY

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Artificial hand and foot. Both are beautifully crafted with articulated sections in the foot and nails and palm creases carved into the hand - Wooden Hand & Foot – STEAM, Museum of the Great Western Railway/ Swindon Borough Council

Artificial Limb

Artificial Limb Giving employees a helping hand From: STEAM, Museum of the Great Western Railway These artificial limbs were manufactured at the Great Western Railway’s

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Sawfish are also called carpenter sharks...but they are rays, not sharks!

There’s also a species called a sawshark, but that’s, well, a shark!

What the heck is a lek?

Males great bustards perform spectacular courtship displays, gathering at a ‘lek’ or small display ground to try to impress the females.

Road Runner!

The great bustard has a dignified slow walk but tends to run when disturbed, rather than fly.

Belly Buster!

The hen-bird on display at The Salisbury Museum was one of the last great bustards to be eaten in the town!

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