Our Victorian buildings, rebuilt trains, and working signal boxes tell a narrative of a time when the railway was one of the main employers in the region, and we are a working museum dedicated to preserving the history of railroads in the Eastern Counties.


Thomas has a day off. Important Information for the 30th and 31st of October 2021 This weekend, Thomas and Friends will be joining us for our Day Out with Thomas event! Please be informed that this event is strictly by pre-booked ticket only, and that admittance is strictly by pre-booked ticket only.

The emergence of society

The museum was founded on September 24, 1968, as the Stour Valley Railway Preservation Society. After obtaining a lease from British Rail to use the abandoned goods yard and railway infrastructure, including the station building, the SVRPS was founded in December 1969 at Chappel & Wakes Colne Station. Three months later, the first public steam day was held.

The goods shed and station buildings were promptly rebuilt, with a workshop established in the goods shed to allow for rolling stock maintenance and restoration.

The Museum's Beginnings

The East Anglian Railway Museum was renamed The Stour Valley Railway Preservation Society in 1986 to reflect its concentration on representing railway history in the Eastern Counties rather than only operating trains. In 1991, the museum was granted charitable status (Registered Charity No. 1001579), and in 1995, it was designated as a Registered Museum.

Since 2005, the museum has placed a greater emphasis on interpretation and display facilities, and a wide range of fundraising events are held each year to support the museum's activities.

locomotives powered by steam

With Henrietta coach, a John Fowler & Co 0-4-0 is utilized as a Toby the Tram Engine. Industrial steam locomotives in varying levels of repair are on display at the museum.

Built in 1936 for the Bowaters Paper Railway, outside cylinder Works No. 2542 "Jubilee" After an 18-month refit, it was reintroduced to traffic in April 2007 and is now regularly utilized on steam trains.

Percy the Small Engine was painted bright green and given some cosmetic improvements. Friends of Thomas the Tank Engine Outside cylinder Works No. 1047 "Storefield" by Andrew Barclay, manufactured in 1905.

After a rebuild, it reopened to traffic in 1999. In 2005, it was taken out of service, and a new overhaul was completed in August 2015.

ST inside No. 54 "Pen Green" cylinder, produced in 1941. 7031 (Works No.) Following conversion into a version of Thomas the Tank Engine, it entered service on March 21, 2008. The boiler was overhauled in the spring of 2017, and the ticket expires in 2027.

Currently undergoing renovations

Outside cylinder Works No. 2670 Lamport No. 3 W. G. Bagnall 0-6-0ST The building was completed in 1942. In March 2013, it arrived at the East Anglian Railway Museum from the Battlefield Line Railway. Dark green paint with red and yellow lines. This locomotive is undergoing maintenance right now. New boiler tubes and a new firebox are required for the locomotive.

"A J Hill " inside cylinder No. 7999 (BR No. 69621) "T within cylinder No. 7999 (BR No. 69621) "T inside cylinder No. 7999 (BR No Built in 1924, it was reintroduced to service in 2005 after many years of excellent service on both preserved and main line railways. The ticket for the boiler expired in April of 2015. The boiler is now being overhauled, and it will be removed from the frames in August 2020.

In the process of being overhauled or on static display

0-4-0ST outside cylinder Works No. 2039 "Jeffrey" by Peckett and Sons.

The building was completed in 1943. The sculpture is currently on exhibit outside the museum entrance, painted black with red and white lines.

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Locomotives powered by diesel

A collection of industrial diesel locomotives is on display at the museum.


D72229 is the Drewry 0-4-0 War Department number.

Due to a class 04 overhaul, it is operational and available for hire from Andrew Briddon Locos. Army Green in color, this locomotive is currently a regular on shunting and passenger duties.

0-4-0 Works No. 333 "John Peel" by Andrew Barclay.

Due to the lack of an electric start, it is only used on rare occasions. Blue in color.

4220039 7 "Toby" is a work with the number 4220039.

Day out with Thomas events have been cosmetically converted to be 'Toby,' and there is even a Henrietta carriage. Along with the Number 7 Magnet, it's painted in brown and grey.

Currently undergoing restoration

No. 2029 Simplex 0-4-0.

Currently undergoing extensive restoration. Black in color.

Several diesel engines

At the museum, two Class 101 DMU cars are in use. Diesel Unit Preservation Associates Ltd owns the units. One more Class 101 unit (E51505 at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway) and two Class 108 units are owned by DUPA (E50599 at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway and M56223 at Llangollen Railway). E56358 has a BR Blue paint job with full yellow ends, whereas E51213 has a BR Blue Grey paint job with full yellow ends. The original pattern tungsten lighting has been restored to both automobiles. E56358 and E51213 were regular performers on the Marks Tey to Sudbury Line until 1993, when all 1st generation units were withdrawn in East Anglia and transferred to Manchester. They were both withdrawn from service in 2001, then stored at MOD Shoeburyness before being purchased in 2003. At Railcar50, they represented the Class 101 DMU class. The unit is primarily utilized as Daisy at Day Out With Thomas events. The Diesel Multi-Unit (DMU).

Operational DMBS No. E51213. The building was completed in 1958.

Multiple electric units

The National Railway Museum loaned British Rail Class 306 unit 017 to the museum in mid-2011 for a four-year tenure. In October of 2018, the unit was removed from the museum.

British Rail Class 317 unit 317345 donated a driving vehicle to the museum in 2021. Angel Trains, a Blur alternative rock band, contributed it. Blur gave a concert at the museum, which was also where they gave their first concert in 1988. The band performed in front of roughly 150 people in a goods shed, as it did in 1988. This was their first event since 2001, and it was also the start of their 2009 mini-tour, which included headlining at Glastonbury and delivering two shows in Hyde Park. In November 2009, the PRS for Music Heritage Award put a plaque on the East Anglian Railway Museum in honor of Blur and the site of their first live performance.

East Anglian Railway Museum's Festive Day Out With Thomas

All aboard for a Festive Thomas Day Out!

Peep, peep, peep! At The East Anglian Railway Museum, join Thomas and Friends for a day of seasonal family fun.

Take a journey behind Thomas, say hello to Sodor Station Sweepers Rusty and Dusty, and meet The Fat Controller.

There's also a lot more to appreciate, such as:

• Take unlimited rides behind Thomas, Percy, and Daisy • Meet Toby and Henrietta • See re-enactments of classic Thomas stories with Thomas, Rusty & Dusty, and The Fat Controller • View the Rusty & Dusty Show • Participate in other Thomas & Friends-themed activities What is the duration of Thomas' ride?

Unlimited Rides for a third of a mile.

Is it true that the Thomas rides are unlimited?

Hours of operation

Open from 10:00 a.m. to 16:30 p.m.


Parking is free for 200 automobiles.


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The East Anglian Railway Museum is located in the county of East Anglia.

Returning to the listings The East Anglian Railway Museum, located next to the spectacular Chappel Viaduct in the lovely Essex countryside, provides a fascinating insight into the history of trains in East Anglia. Get up close and personal with our collection of steam engines, diesel locomotives, and vintage carriages by immersing yourself in the atmospheric Victorian station buildings, operating the working signal boxes, and getting up close and personal with our collection of steam engines, diesel locomotives, and vintage carriages. The Chappel Station Café is open every day and is housed in a wonderfully restored historic railway carriage.

Museum Day 2019 Prices:

£7.00 for adults

£4.00 for children aged 5 to 15.

FREE for children under the age of four.

If you book online, you will receive a 10% discount.

Safely enjoy your day out:

Your 2FOR1 entry tickets must be reserved in advance via the attraction's page under "Online Booking." Leaflets and paper vouchers are not available at this time in order to reduce contact.

Unless you are exempt, you must hide your face while traveling by rail.

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Please be advised that if an attraction does not provide 'Online Booking,' it is currently unavailable on 2FOR1.We're working with attractions to get them back on track when the time comes.

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Opening Hours

Tuesday, September 7th, 17:00-23:00

Wednesday, September 8th, 11:00 a.m. until 23:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 9th, 11:00 a.m. until 23:00 p.m.

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The East Anglian Railway Museum has been bringing visitors of all ages back in time to learn about the region's trains for over 50 years. The site spans over ten acres, and visitors can tour our Victorian station, goods shed, and signal boxes to learn about the history of passenger and freight transportation.

There is something for everyone with exhibitions of steam and diesel locomotives, vintage carriages, and wagons. With a variety of tiny artefacts on display, our heritage center takes a look behind the scenes of railroad operations.

Volunteers restore the engines and rolling stock in a working restoration shed.

A railway-themed Children's Playground, a Picnic Area, and an ex-London bus turned into a Children's Play Bus are all part of the Museum.

Every day the museum is open*, the award-winning Platform 2 Café will be open, providing wonderful handcrafted cakes, afternoon teas, lunches, and great coffee!

Weddings, parties, conferences, and other events, as well as training rooms, are all available for lease.


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