Commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the surrender of over 160 German U-Boats in Harwich at the end of World War  One, with a themed train from Manningtree to Dovercourt and Harwich.

Get into the Great War spirit and travel in style to Harwich in a 1918 themed train carriage. Join from Manningtree and experience songs from the era and hear about the surrender of the German U Boats after the armistice of November 11th 1918. A perfect way to begin your day before the main events of talks and archive film show.

Meet a Sailor from the Royal Navy in 1918!

  • Wartime songs
  • Live music
  • Decorated train carriage
  • Immersive experience before a day of U-Boat talks and film show.

Departs Manningtee Station 10am and 11am

  • Adults £5 return
  • 5-15 year olds £3 return
  • under 5's travel free 

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Thursday 31st May saw our first Bucket & Spade Event Train on the Southend Branch Line. Families boarded the train at Billericay and Wickford for a fun filled trip to Southend Victoria.

The specially reserved coach had been colourfully decorated with bunting, balloons, seagulls, and clown fish. Every child received a bucket & Spade and an activity pack. The adults where given a goody bag. The children had fun guessing the name of the shark, Sammy was the winning name.
Karen Smith from Billericay was the winner of the raffle. Greater Anglia had donated a 1st Class Family Ticket for a day out any where on the Greater Anglia Network. All the money raised from the raffle went to Little Havens Childrens Hospice.

On arrival at Southend Victoria the families were free to enjoy the day exploring Southend on Sea and the treasures that the to offer whether it was a paddle in the Lagoon, fun at the splash fountains, thrilling rides at Adventure Island, a walk along the pier or enjoying its many parks. The families could then return on any train of their choosing.

You can see some photos by clicking read more.

All Aboard ESSCRP’s Seaside Special Bucket & Spade Train

Arlesford Fruit Trees in LineWe are very pleased that Arlesford station on the Sunshine coast line now has an orchard!  Ten fruit trees were planted last week which were provided by The Bee Friendly Trust  who were there on the day to help plant the trees with Terri and Jayne.

The trees are a mixture of apple, pear and plum and were selected as they are heritage trees native to the area. The area next to the station used to be an orchard before being used for farming and now housing.

This is another great project ESSCRP are proud to be involved in working in partnership with the Bee Friendly Trust


Arlesford Station Fruit Tree

Wrabness Tea PartyThe walk at Wrabness, on Sunday the 25th March, went really well we had around 35 people attend many coming by train from Manningtree and Harwich, the walk started at 2pm from Wrabness Station led by our fantastic station volunteer t Wrabness Julia Prigg.

Julia gave an informative circular walk from the station and back to the community café at Wrabness where Essex and South Suffolk CRP provided teas, coffees and homemade cakes.

It was a great day which also celebrated English tourism week. There was lots of positive feedback and many people are already looking forward to the next one!




Wrabfest Saturday August 4th 2018

This is the third year that Wrabness has hosted Wrabfest a great festival for all ages, GA has timetabled two additional late train stops similar to previous years

2305 Harwich International to Manningtree

Harwich International 2305, Wrabness 2311, Mistley 2316, Manningtree 2322.
At Manningtree this connects into 2325 to Colchester and 2332 to Ipswich, Stowmarket, Diss and Norwich.

0002 Harwich Town to Colchester

Harwich Town 0002, Dovercourt 0004, Harwich International 0007, Wrabness 0013, Mistley 0019, Manningtree 0023, Colchester 0033.
At Manningtree this connects into 0036 to Ipswich, Stowmarket, Diss and Norwich.

Please download the full timetable for the Mayflower line through clicking onto the Mayflower line