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Buckinghamshire Railway Centre

Buckinghamshire Railway Centre: A fun day out for all the family!


The Easter Holidays are nearly here! We re-open on Sunday 2nd April at 10.30am
Come and spend a day with the kids at The Railway during the Easter Holidays! At one of our Steaming Days you can enjoy unlimited steam train rides, visit the museum, have fun at the Travelling Post Office, go for a ride on the ride-on miniature railway, enjoy the locomotives in the Visitor Centre and all the engines and carriages around the site. Steaming Days are every Sunday, and also Wednesdays in the School Holidays.

Easter Holiday Steaming Days: Sunday 2nd April, Wednesday 5th April, Sunday 9th April and Wednesday 12th April...

THEN: Thomas the Tank Engine is coming on Good Friday 14th April, for the whole Easter Weekend!!


Make their dreams come true! Thomas is coming to Quainton for Easter!

Got a little Thomas fan in the house, but never seen the real, full-size Thomas steam engine pictured above? Why not treat them to a trip to see Thomas the Tank Engine at Quainton this Easter!

Thomas is coming for the four days of Easter: Good Friday 14th April until Easter Monday 17th April. Pre-booking is now open - click here!

Never seen Thomas at Quainton before? Here's what you can expect if you come this Easter, and it's all included in your ticket price - even the face painting!

  • Unlimited rides on a train pulled by Thomas himself (like in the photo above)!
  • Meet the Fat Controller and receive a certificate from him
  • Ride on our miniature steam railway (pictured below)
  • Unlimited brake van rides on Percy the Small Engine (hopefully - he's been a bit poorly lately!)
  • A live children's entertainment show
  • Face painting
  • Badge making and colouring
  • Easter Hunt

All these activities are included in your ticket price! Pre-booking is now open - click here!


We're open for the season from Sunday 2nd April

We have Steaming Days offering steam train rides every Sunday throughout the season starting Sunday 2nd April. We open from 10.30am-5pm. For Special Events click on the tab on the bar above... 


Our next Steaming Days:

  • Sunday 2nd April: Steaming Day
  • Wednesday 5th April: Easter Holiday Steaming Day
  • Sunday 9th April: Steaming Day
  • Wednesday 12th April: Easter Holiday Steaming Day
  • Good Friday 14th April: Day Out With Thomas
  • Easter Saturday 15th April: Day Out With Thomas
  • Easter Sunday 16th April: Day Out With Thomas
  • Easter Monday 17th April: Day Out With Thomas
  • 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

Exciting News: ‘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 April, in perfect timing for our Annual Spring Steam Gala on Sunday 30th April and Bank Holiday Monday 1st May 2017. We warmly invite everyone to come that weekend and admire the engine in its new location!

We are also 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


NEW FOR 2017 - The Vintage Cinema!

Come and see 'Paddington' @ The Railway - Monday 3rd April 8.10pm - Meet Paddington Bear himself and enjoy free marmalade sandwiches!

Or watch 'Back to the Future' - Tuesday 4th April 8.15pm

Enjoy watching these classic films whilst sitting on the indoor platform at Buckinghamshire Railway Centre between two vintage trains!

Visit: www.vintagecinema.co.uk to book tickets


Types of Open Days at Buckinghamshire Railway Centre

Steaming Days:

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!

Static Days:

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.

Special Events:

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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