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.
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.
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.
7ÃâÃÂ¼" 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
Two 00 gauge model layouts. Operated by Halstead Model Railway Club. Open only on special days. Call railways for dates.
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.
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.
If you are looking for ideas to keep the children busy throughout the Christmas holidays, or the kids want some ideas and inspiration for cards and gifts them take a look at our Winter KidsZone. Jam packed full of fun ideas that everyone can get involved in! Activities for indoors and out - some are messy, some are not! What are you waiting for?!?!
We all know that the festive period is a time for giving, spending time as a family and for over indulging, and we are here to help! Our Christmas recipe section has lots of tasty treats to satisfy the sweet and savoury cravings of the whole family. Get busy in the kitchen with the kids and enjoy some delicious food together this Christmas.