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Buckinghamshire Railway Centre


Buckinghamshire Railway Centre: A fun day out for all the family! 
We are now closed for the Winter: Thomas has gone back to Sodor and here at The Railway we are battening down the hatches as we close for the Winter season.

We are open for February Half Term
We are re-opening especially for February half term!
On Steaming Days the whole site is open, the cafe will be open serving hot and cold drinks, snacks and meals. On Static Days, the site is open but the trains aren't running or offering rides, the museum and visitor centre are both open, and the shop is open, but the cafe will only be selling self-service hot and cold drinks and snacks. Picnics are welcome all days, but especially on Static days when there is more indoor seating available for all.
Sunday 12th February: Steaming Day
Monday 13th February: CLOSED
Tuesday 14th February: Static Viewing only
Wednesday 15th February: Steaming Day
Thursday 16th February: Static Viewing only
Friday 17th February: CLOSED

We re-open fully on Sunday 2nd April!
We will be opening fully for season on Sunday 2nd April 2017 at 10.30am.
We have Steaming Days offering steam train rides every Sunday throughout the season. See below for details of the other days when we are open and what we offer on those days.

Make their dreams come true! Thomas will be back at 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:
Unlimited rides on a train pulled by Thomas himself!
Meet the Fat Controller and receive a certificate from him
A ride on our miniature steam railway (pictured below)
Unlimited rides on Percy the Small Engine (hopefully - he's been a bit poorly lately!)
A children's entertainment show
Face painting
Badge making and colouring
All these activities are included in your ticket price! Pre-booking is now open - click here!

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!

We are next open for Steaming Days on:

February half term:

Sunday 12th February

Wednesday 15th February

Sunday 19th February

Then, we re-open again for the main season on Sunday 2nd April 2017, when we are open every Sunday for Steam Train Rides.

We also offer Steaming Days on Wednesdays during the school holidays.

We will also be open for Static Days (no train rides) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays - although we also have Steaming Days on Wednesdays during the school holidays. (See below for more information on when we are open and what to expect.)

We are closed on Mondays (except bank holidays), Fridays and Saturdays (except some Special Events - see 'Calendar' for more information)

Scroll down to find out more about when we are open, and read about our different types of Open Day...

Special Events: 
This is usually a Steam Gala or rally, when we might have, for example, visiting locomotives or traction engines, or Thomas the Tank Engine might be coming for a special visit. See 'Special Events' or 'Calendar' on the top options bar to see what is coming up later on this season. Special Events are held on Saturdays & Sundays, or Sundays & Bank Holiday Mondays. Everything is open and running, as on our Steaming Days (above), and on our busier days, we have another engine running offering brake van rides on the other side of the track.

Static Days:
On a Static Day, the site is open (10.30am-4pm) but no trains/rides will be running - prices are much reduced for these days. Static Days are on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the season, and on Wednesdays too, but not in the school holidays when Wednesdays are Steaming Days. There is still so much to see; you can look around all the locomotives, the exhibition hall, our glass-roofed visitor centre with steam engines on display, including a Royal Victorian dining coach. The shop is open, but our cafe is only open for self-serve drinks (hot and cold) and snacks on these days, but you are welcome to bring a picnic and use our cafe tables!

To find out what is on on a particular day, click on 'Calendar' on the top options bar, and click on that day. If you have any trouble, please call us on 01296 655720, the office is open 9am-4pm Monday-Friday, or email Thank you!

We have lots of fabulous Special Events coming up in 2017! Keep an eye on the website for more events being added.
Please note: Tesco Clubcard Days Out Vouchers are not valid for Thomas or Christmas events. They can be used for Static Days, Steaming Days and other special events. Please call to check before travelling if unsure. Thank you!

How to get here

What's on

Buckinghamshire Railway Centre
Station Road
HP22 4BY

For General enquiries:

For School enquiries:

Tel: (01296) 655720