Events in Chappel & Wakes Colne

East Anglian Railway Museum Steam Gala 2020

14 March 2020 | 10:00

Two full days of intensive steam action showcasing the home fleet of locomotives PLUS a special guest GWR 5526 Small Prairie, visiting from the South Devon Railway, all running to an intensive timetable. There hasn’t been a Small Prairie in East Anglia for a long time so don’t miss out on getting up really close to this very special visitor.

Experience how passengers travelled in 1950s British Railways coaches and travel back in time in historic 19th century coaches.  As well as unlimited train rides, explore the Victorian station buildings, learn about and operate the Signal Box and visit the Restoration Shed for a ‘behind the scenes’ look at the museum’s locomotive restoration programme. Freight trains will be running as well as shunting demonstrations and ‘double and triple heading’, where steam locomotives are coupled together and run down the track as one train.  An extended timetable will take in the hours of darkness on Saturday only.

A real ‘Gavin & Stacey’ story, from Barry Island to Essex, having worked on local passenger services in the West Country for most of its life, the visiting locomotive Small Prairie, spent 33 years ‘scrapped’ on Barry Island in South Wales before moving to Swindon where she was lovingly restored, eventually ending up at the South Devon Railway.

For discounted tickets, go to: Sunday roast lunches are available on the 15th March, pre-booking is advisable by emailing:

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