Buckinghamshire Railway Centre: A fun day out for the whole family!
Sunday 30th April & Bank Holiday Monday 1st May: Spring Steam Gala & Model Railway Exhibition
With visiting loco 'Greyhound' T9 (pictured above), and up to six other locos and visiting model railway layouts, our annual steam gala is set to be another fabulous event! Click here for more information and to book tickets!
Enter our new Spring Photography Competition!
Send in your favourite photos from your visit to Buckinghamshire Railway Centre. The winner will receive a complimentary family ticket so they can come back another day for free! We’ll post the winning picture, and some of our other favourites, on our Facebook page, so make sure you ‘like’ our page!
Please email your favourite photo entries (max. 3) to Louisa Richards at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline: Thursday 20th April 2017. Please include your name, address and a photo caption.
Bye bye Thomas :(
But don't worry, he's coming back in July!
What an amazing Easter weekend we have had with Thomas the Tank Engine, Percy, Mavis and The Fat Controller. They have worked really hard and are now on their way back to The Island of Sodor.
If you missed him this Easter, don't worry - he'll be back on July 1st-2nd and September 2nd-3rd.
Our Next Steaming Days:
We have Steaming Days offering steam train rides every Sunday throughout the season. We open from 10.30am-5pm. For Special Events click on the tab on the bar above...
- Sunday 23rd April: Steaming Day
- Sunday 30th April: Spring Steam Gala and Model Railway Exhibition
- B/H Monday 1st May: Spring Steam Gala and Model Railway Exhibition
- Sunday 7th May: Diesel Day
- Sunday 14th May: Steaming Day
- Sunday 21st May: Steaming Day
- Sunday 28th May: Special Family Steaming Event: Teddy's Train Ride - Kids with a teddy go FREE!
- B/H Monday 29th May: Bus Rally - Steaming Day
- Wednesday 31st May: Wednesday Steaming Day (during school half term break)
- Sat 3rd & Sun 4th June: Steampunk Weekend and Miniature Traction Engine Rally
- Sunday 11th June: Steaming Day
- Sunday 18th June: Father's Day - Ridgeway Run Historic Commercial Vehicle Rally - Lots of old vehicles to admire!
We are pleased to announce that we have tender loco T9 30120 'Greyhound' making a special guest appearance at our Spring Steam Gala, by kind permission of the National Railway Museum and Bodmin & Wenford Railway. Our Steam Gala is on Sunday 30th April and Bank Holiday Monday 1st May, 10.30am-5pm. For more information click on the link below...
‘Cornwall’ coming to Quainton!
It was with some sadness that Buckinghamshire Railway Centre announced the imminent departure of Castle Class 4-6-0 No. 5080 Defiant, due to its return to Tysley for proposed overhaul to mainline standards. However, every cloud has a silver lining, and we are now thrilled to announce that we have found a replacement! LNWR 2-2-2 tender loco No. 3020 ‘Cornwall’ is coming to Quainton in April on loan from The National Railway Museum. Built in 1847, ‘Cornwall’ will be displayed alongside two LNWR liveried carriages and will take pride of place in our stunning ‘Rewley Road’ Visitor Centre. Rather appropriately, the building was also built by LNWR in the centre of Oxford, before being relocated to the Quainton site. ‘Cornwall’ will hopefully be with us for approximately two years. We are thrilled to be welcoming such a stunning locomotive to our collection, and it is anticipated that the change-over will take place sometime in May.
Types of Open Days at Buckinghamshire Railway Centre
Our standard Steaming Days are every Sunday from April 2nd until 29th October... (we are open other days too, see below for more information!) We open from 10.30am - 5pm on Sundays. (Last admissions one hour before closing).
Steaming Days are our normal, working open days - every Sunday from April 2nd to October 29th, and Wednesdays during the school holidays (April 5th & 12th, May 31st, then July 12th-August 30th, and October 25th). On our Steaming Days you get unlimited free steam train rides on our 1/3 mile length of track! There are lots of other engines, coaches and carriages on display to see and learn about - some are newly restored and others are awaiting restoration. Take a trip (£1 per person age 3+) on our 1km long, ride-on miniature steam railway pictured below (a delight for the children - but the adults love it too!) and visit our extensive museum. We also have a beautiful glass-roofed visitor centre with more to see, including meticulously restored engines and carriages from times past. We also have a shop and cafe, selling hot and cold food, drinks and snacks, a big (free) on-site car park, four lots of toilets around the site, two footbridges (one with disabled access) and plenty of picnic areas... Come and spend the day with us!
Our Static Days are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from April until October... We open from 10.30am - 4.30pm. (Last admissions one hour before closing).
Static Days are our quieter days when the whole site is open, including the visitor centre and museum, but the trains aren't running so we don't offer train rides. There are lots of engines, coaches and carriages on display to see and learn about around the site - some are newly restored and others are awaiting restoration. The café only sells self-service drinks (hot and cold) and snacks on these days and the shop isn't open. Admission prices are much reduced on Static Days. During the school holidays, we hold Steaming Days on Wednesdays, so during these times Static Days are only on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
We hold lots of Special Events throughout the year, from our famous Days Out With Thomas and Father Christmas events, to classic car rallies and Steam Galas. Click on the Special Event link above...
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