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Colne Valley Railway

A large and varied collection of operational vintage steam and diesel engines, carriages and wagons that represent much of our Railway Heritage is available to explore. 

Important information for all visitors: Please note that dogs are not permitted anywhere on the railway site. 

Country Railway 
For our mainline train ride, you board one of restored railway coaches at our station. The train takes you for 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 1 mile and there is only the one station.

Garden Railway 
Visit our attraction for all ages. 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.

7¼" Miniature Railway 
Opened in 2008 this has now been relocated and extended with two new stations, a turntable and 2 new locomotives.  It can be accesed from behind the station building on our "Halstead" platform. The ride is 600 metres long and should operate, weather permitting, on all main railway open days.  For further details  click here

Model Railway 
Two 00 gauge model layouts. Operated by Halstead Model Railway Club. Open only on special days. Call railways for dates. 

Exhibition Centre 
Open most operational Sundays and at special events. See how 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 all operational days. 

'Sidings' Buffet Car 
The 'Sidings' Buffet carriage is open every day the trains are running. A typical menu includes all day breakfasts, light lunches, cream teas, freshly made sandwiches, home made cakes and refreshments. Parties are catered for with menus to suit the occasion. 

Station Shop 
Open all operational days and at special events, stocking a wide selection of Thomas toys and Railway souvenirs. 



Please see website for opening times and costs.


Halloween Recipes

Halloween Recipes

Halloween is the perfect time of year to get creative in the kitchen and making food scarily fun! Whether you want to jazz up a slice of cheese on toast or go full out for a party with spooky drinks and disgusting nibbles we have some great Halloween recipes for you right here. The kids will love getting involved - or have a surprise goulish meal!!

Raring2go! KidsZone

Raring2go! KidsZone

Over the weekends and holidays there are always times when your children need some chill out time, or to fill an hour or so, or they say the dreaded 5 letter word - BORED! Well, our KidsZone is here to rescue you and them from these moments. Full of puzzles, colouring in sheets and activities from films and programmes there is lots to keep busy!