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Special Exhibition: Time on Trial
In 1910 a Great Western Railway Star Class engine entered into a race against a London and North Western Railway Company Experiment Class engine.
The competition was held to determine which was the best locomotive. This was the first officially recorded time trial between locomotives from different railway companies.
STEAM’s new exhibition Time on Trial takes a look at the exhilarating speed trials that took place between the GWR and other railway companies between 1910 and 1948. Pride and reputation were at stake as the companies attempted to prove their locomotive building expertise.
Visitors will also find out about the first dynamometer car, built by the GWR in 1838 and used to record data from the official test runs.
A collection of stunning images and fascinating archive material from the STEAM collection are used to illustrate this story.
Cost: Included with standard STEAM admission, special event admission and is free for STEAM season ticket holders.