EnterTrainment - Let's have fun

At home and looking for an indoor adventure? Check out these fun activities and don’t forget to ask an adult to send us a picture of your hard work.

Tweet us @GWRHelp, Facebook @gwruk, Instagram @gwruk and include #GWREnterTrainment in your message.

Short-story competition

TV presenter Naomi Wilkinson
IETs at a station at sunset
Children’s TV presenter Naomi Wilkinson is to judge a short-story competition about your favourite journey with GWR. You could be heading to a secret destination, travelling in the company of Royalty or taking a journey back in time – in fact, anything you care to imagine.

All you’ve got to do is use the following sentence as the start to your story:

“It was as the GWR train was pulling out of the station that it first caught my eye. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing…”

Key Stage 1 children (5-7 year olds) should write no more than 250 words. Key Stage 2 children (7-11 year olds) should write no more than 500 words.

Naomi will pick three winners in each age category. They will each receive a #GWREnterTrainment pack including a jigsaw and set of GWR Top Trumps.

Ask an adult to send in your entry, including your age, category and contact details to shortstory@gwr.com. The competition closes at midnight on Friday 5 June and we will contact the winners directly.

Sorry, but we’re unable to accept submissions from GWR colleagues or their immediate family.

Good luck!

IET at a station in the evening

Take a cab ride with GWR

Enjoy this view from the driver’s cab on our first-ever SuperFast Intercity Express Train from Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington.

Watch as the train calls at Bristol Parkway before travelling direct to the capital on the first day of our new timetable in December last year.

For a bit of extra fun try answering these ten questions.

IET passing through a station

GWR Train Teasers

Test your maths skills and knowledge of the Great Western network with these fun GWR Train Teasers.

A distances chart has been simplified and designed with children in mind to help you work out the miles between some of the stations on the GWR network.

Download the GWR Train Teasers here and don’t forget to ask an adult if you need some help researching the answers.

Travelling IET

Design a special train livery

Show your support for the NHS and other key workers by designing your own special Intercity Express Train livery.

To show your thanks in a BIG way, download the train outline here, create your special design and then display it in your window.

It’s just for fun but remember to share your creations with us, including #GWREnterTrainment in your message.

Stay at Home. Save Lives.

Walk the Line with Brunnel

Walk The Line Quiz

We’re journeying back through the #GWaRchives to revisit our ‘Walk The Line’ films – and have added a series of fun questions for children to answer.

They’re simple enough but you’ll need to watch closely… you may even have to replay them once or twice.

There are nine films in total, each with a set of questions, as we follow in the footsteps of Isambard Kingdom Brunel and journey from Bristol to London.

View the videos here.

GWR Colouring-in book

Iron Horses of the West

Here are the Iron Horses of the West, a series of colouring sheets celebrating the incredible creativity found across the Great Western region. Created with Bristol-based street artist Andy Council, the following pages will have you revelling in the joys of ferroequinology (the study of railways) like never before.

Download your favourite locomotives to begin your journey exploring the timeless beauty of the region, and be inspired by the engineering excellence of the trains that connected it to the rest of Britain. Download the story of each locomotive here.

Download the GWR colouring-in book.

Aspiring train driver in the cab of the train

Kids’ Stuff activity sheets

Children will be gripped by Kids’ Stuff - pages crammed full of fun activities ranging from spot the difference to quizzes, jokes and fun facts.

We’ve got a series of activity sheets which have been taken from our quarterly on-board magazine Escape and repurposed to help those at home stay #GWREnterTrained. Download and enjoy online or print in colour or black and white.

Download your Kids’ Stuff activity sheets here:

child learning to be a train conductor

Young Great Westerners

Come with us on a journey of discovery and learning.

Go on rail-inspired Storytelling Adventures or run the Great Western Railway in a STEM-based digital game, while you visit some amazing places.

It’s time to climb aboard and choose your ticket here.

Paddington bear

Our named trains

The Great Western Railway has a long and proud history of naming trains after Great Westerners – the past and present heroes from across our network.

Our fleet of Intercity Express Trains have their own identity, with the hero’s name accompanied by an individual coin designed to reflect the person themselves. This is inspired by GWR’s heritage, where the flagship locomotive King George V bore a set of commemorative coins.

The trains that we have already named are featured on our website and include information on each person as well as pictures and videos from the ceremonies. Find out more about our named trains.