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Colne Valley Railway

We are a unique railway with a short running line but we do have many activities for families, including:

  • Full size demonstration train ride

  • Interactive Model Railway

  • Ride on Miniature Railway

  • Signalbox Visits

Click here for full details.


 Forthcoming Operating Days

Wednesday 24th August - Operating Day with Steam*

Thursday 25th August - Diesel Operating Day

Saturday 27th August - Diesel Operating Day

Sunday 28th August - Bus & Commercial Vehicle Rally*

Monday 29th August - Operating Day with Steam

Sunday 4th September - Operating Day with Steam

Saturday 10th September - Diesel Operating Day

Sunday 11th September - Operating Day with Steam

* On Wednesday 24th, a second (goods) train will also operate hauled by diesel shunter class 03 D2041 which has just been returned to traffic.

* On Sunday 28th a bus service will operate between Braintree Railway Station and the Colne Valley Railway, departing Braintree hourly between 10:50 and 14:50 inclusive, returning hourly from the Railway between 11:20 and 15:20 inclusive.

Our new online ticket system is available here

however, tickets for Day Out with Thomas must be purchased 

at the Day Out with Thomas website. 

Looking for presents?

Our shop stocks a wide and varied range of items.  From Thomas the Tank Engine, Peppa Pig and wooden railways to jigsaws, mugs, delicious sweets and local honey. Visit the shop page for more information.  

The shop can be opened at any time by arrangement and a mail order service is available

You can help us in the following ways:

by joining Unity Lottery and selecting Colne Valley Railway as your charity,

or by donating direct to us using

Fancy building a model of our station? Click here

Our office is usually open Mondays to Fridays 10:00 to 15:00. We can take bookings for Driver Experience courses, Wedding Receptions, Private hire of the Railway, Group Visits and Pullman Dining Trains.

Please call 01787- 461174 to discuss your requirements.

If you wish to make any purchases from our shop on a non-operational day, this can be arranged by calling the office in advance.

Large Free Car Park


Note: For your convenience, for all our operating days and special events tickets may be booked in advance or bought on the day. Our on-line booking system closes three days before each event and may report event full, but tickets will still be available on the day.

Updated 24/08/16 PL