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Didcot Railway Centre, located in sprawling acreage right next to Didcot railway station, is the premises of the Great Western Society, which is dedicated to preserving old and derelict railway rolling stock, including locomotives, both steam and diesel, and goods vans and passenger carriages. Although it's a museum, there are no fine displays and well-ordered paths through the centre - you just wander at will, here and there, inspecting what you want to inspect and, best of all, photographing rust, texture and even nature. Some of the examples are just oozing rust and cobwebs, and, whether you like trains or not, the place is a photographer's dream.

From time to time ancient wheezing steam locomotives are fired up, and belch steam, smoke and sparks. The centre even has its own little railway line, with a couple of stations, and on certain days of the year free rides are given.

Here's a selection of photographs from my last visit. I hope they fire you up (pun, sorry) to go and visit the place. Many of the pictures neither have, nor need, titles or descriptions.












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The van had been safely unloaded before our visit










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The end of the line. Thank you for travelling with Great Western.









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