Admission to the Museum will be free and donations welcomed to help with the everyday running costs. The Museum will also be accessible to all visitors including those with reduced mobility where possible.
Since the 11th March 2021, the museum has found a home at the Llanelli and Mynydd Mawr Railway in Carmarthenshire, South West Wales. We know this isn't Gloucestershire but the local area around the railway had a large number of links and connections with the original Gloucester company. Once it is safe to do so, we are looking forward to welcoming visitors to discover the past links between the railway and company and the new ones that are currently developing.
Once we are able to safely open, visitors will be able to view a vast array of items, some from as early as the 1800's. Although we try to focus on artefacts relating to the Gloucester Railway Carriage and Wagon Company Limited and its associated organisations and areas, with its strong links with the coal mining industry as well as many worldwide organisations and industries., our collection may include from time to time items from much further afield. You don't have to be an expert on railways to appreciate the inspirational displays planned and prepared by our Museum Curator and volunteer helpers.
The Museum will have a searchable on-line catalogue once fully prepared with many thousands of images, objects and artefacts in our collection, including many that will not be on display, and a large display of historic photographs.
The current museum can be found in the portacabin within carpark at the Llanelli and Mynydd Mawr Railway, this houses the museums small artefacts collection, merchandise and souvenir shop and library along with staff and volunteer facilities. Future plans include the development and establishment of a workshop, viewing gallery, research facilities and much more. Visitors will be able to view a number of historic items of rolling stock from carriages, wagons and locomotives which will be part of our wider heritage collection and that will be operated on site by our friends on the Llanelli and Mynydd Mawr Railway. Most of which where possible will be constructed by the Gloucester Railway Carriage and Wagon Company Limited and/or its associated organisations as well as many that may have strong local, regional, national and international connections, and all are of importance within the nation's railway heritage.
We will be able to accommodate organised groups, disabled visitors and bone fide students on non-operating/opening days by prior arrangement.
The Museum is always on the look-out for items to add to its collection. If you have something that you think the Museum may be interested in that is currently in your garage or loft and would like to find a good home for it, then please don't hesitate to let us know by telephone or completing our contact us form.
We are continuing to receive some truly interesting and fascinating items and artefacts, some of which are of local historical significance, ensuring that the Museum will be able to develop, plan and prepare displays which will be constantly enhanced and updated. We would welcome any further donations or loans of items for eventual display at the Museum.