Family Days Out
Sample the atmosphere and take a ride on an award winning period country railway. A pretty line, almost a mile long, with relocated station buildings, signal boxes and bridges all lovingly restored and rebuilt. A large and varied collection of operational vintage steam and diesel engines, carriages and wagons that represent much of our Railway Heritage.
Access and Parking
Our entrance is located on the A1017 midway between the villages of Castle Hedingham and Yeldham, adjacent to a large electricity pylon. Follow the roadway (10mph) to our large car parking areas approx 1/2 mile (limited disabled parking is available near to the station buildings)
For our mainline train ride, you board one of our restored railway coaches at our station. The train takes you for about 1/2 a mile towards the village of Castle Hedingham, over and alongside the River Colne to a loop named Nunnery Junction, where the locomotive will run around the train - watch for it out of the window. The journey then resumes for a non stop run through our station and past our restoration areas, to a second loop named Drawell. After running around a second time (this time the locomotive will pass the train on the other side), you are returned back to our station. The total line length is just under 1 mile and there is only the one station complex.
Visit our attraction for all ages. The Garden Railway is located adjacent to the Travelling Post Office. A few of our volunteers have developed a miniature railway in a Garden Environment. SM32 and G gauge trains run around 100 metres of track through a tunnel, stations and over bridges. Can you find Nessie? Fully functioning most weekends, weather permitting. Located on Platform 0.
7¼" Miniature Railway
Opened in 2008 this has now been relocated and extended with a new station, a turntable and 4 locomotives. It can be accessed from the far end of platform No. 0 behind the station building on our "Halstead" platform 1. The ride is 600 metres long and should operate, weather permitting, on all main railway open days. Please Note: This is a small train and we insist that all customers remain seated and do not lean out of the trains. This is for your and other customers safety. For further details click here
An exhibition of artifacts and visual displays, see how the area and our railway has developed over the years, and the previous Colne Valley & Halstead Railway's early history.
This working Signalbox is open for visitors on most operational days, but please be patient if the signaling staff are busy, or need to close to visitors for operational reasons.
Travelling Post Office
The Travelling Post Office is located on our new platform 0 (behind the exhibition centre), it now has level access (1 small step) for all our visitors.
The Tierney Model Railway Shed
Located behind the signal box, it houses a large 10m x 5m 00 gauge layout, donated to the railway by the family of Mr John Tierney of Great Dunmow, shortly after his death in 2007. It was quickly dismantled and stored, whilst the location for the new building was agreed, planning permission sought and new foundations created. The Shed itself was rebuilt and extended to make room for public access during 2010.The Model Railway was formally opened on the 4th June 2010, and should open on most operating days for at least part of the day, however at present it will require a staff member present, so may need to close at short notice.
Buffet Car Cafe
The Buffet Car Cafe is open every day the trains are running. A typical menu includes breakfasts, hot and cold light lunches, cream teas, freshly made sandwiches, home made cakes and refreshments. On busy days please be patient if queues build up over the lunchtime period. Pre-booked parties are catered for with menus to suit the occasion. Please call 01787 461174 for further information. Located on Platform 2 and 3 and the adjacent Patio area
Open on all operational days, stocking a wide selection of Thomas items and Railway souvenirs, Books, DVDs and model railway stock. NEW for 2013, limited edition Thomas merchandise and Bigjigs wooden railways. There is also a small secondhand books section. The shop doubles as ticket office, other than on major events. It is located at our Station Entrance.
The shop can also be opened at other times - please phone 01787 461174 for assistance.
Toilets are provided near to our main entrance and also on platform No 1
We are sorry but there are no toilet facilities provided on our trains.
Woodland Walk The Woodland Walk that is adjacent to, and accessed via the railway will be open usually between early May until the end of September but will be closed if ground conditions are unsuitable for visitors normal footware. The adjoining fields are not part of the Woodland Walk and are closed to Railway Visitors.
Family Season Tickets
Season tickets available. Save money - buy a season ticket!
Adult: £ 50.00
Concession (bus pass holder) £40.00
Child (3-15) £35.00
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) £160.00
Benefits available with Season Tickets
- Free admission to the Railway complex and rides on ordinary service trains at any time when the Railway is open and operating on public days.
- Valid for a full 12 month period.
- A 50% reduction to your guests when visiting the railway (discount is only available for up to the same number of persons and category as the season ticket).
For further information please phone 01787 461174, or use the contact page of this website to email us.
- A 10% discount on shop sales (not food, ice creams or drink).
Updated 05/01/2013 SH