Welcome

Coronavirus: Swindon Panel is operating on a limited number of days at present. Read more… Didcot Railway Centre has re-opened. Please see their website for information.

Our group has preserved Swindon Panel, one of the original Western Region “turn push” type panels, the staple panel design of the Great Western since the 1960s, before all the remaining examples close forever in the next few years.

The panel has been reconstructed and refurbished in its 1980’s form and displayed at Didcot Railway Centre, where it is realistically demonstrated with a simulator back-end for the educational benefit of visitors to the Centre. You can visit us and ‘have a go’!

You can get involved in saving the example of this generation of railway signalling development.

You can read all about the project, keep up with all the latest news, and learn how you can get involved. We have also brought together a rapidly-growing quantity of research on the life of Swindon MAS and the life of the panel, including signalling notices, plans and documents. We also have an extensive Photo Gallery.

Swindon Panel
Swindon Panel, 2010.

The panel was move to Didcot in 2016. See our latest news for more details.

Swindon Panel

And now looks like this!

This site is one of a number of online resources of Swindon Panel Society:

(Note some of our photos are still temporarily stored on our old Flickr site.)

We are very grateful for the support we have received from a number of organisations, particularly:

The Great Western Society Network Rail The Big Lottery Fund P & D Specialist Services
Great Western Railway Railway Herald Magazine Signet Solutions Jack Boskett Photography
Altosig Ltd Eyebrid Contemporary Design SimSig

Swindon Panel Society is a Registered Charity, number 1159646.