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Buckinghamshire Railway Centre

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

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We are next open for Steam Train Rides on:

We have Steaming Days offering steam train rides every Sunday throughout the season (plus other days too - please check the calendar!) We open 10.30am-5pm (4.30pm on week days). For Special Events, click the tab on the bar above for more information.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

  • Saturday 23rd September: SPECIAL EVENT -  Traction Engine Rally
  • Sunday 24th September:    SPECIAL EVENT -  Traction Engine Rally
  • Sunday 1st October: SPECIAL EVENT - Autumn Steam Gala
  • Sunday 8th October:    Steaming Day - Steam train rides running from 1pm (everything else open from 10.30am)
  • Sunday 15th October:  Steaming Day
  • Sunday 22nd October: Steaming Day
  • Wednesday 25th October:  Half Term Steaming Day
  • Sunday 29th October: Last Steaming Day of the season
We then close to get the centre ready for Christmas! Our first date with Father Christmas is 2nd December - full details click on the link below...

THIS WEEKEND: Traction Engine Rally
Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th September
Special Event Steaming Day! Come and admire these fascinating machines parading around the site. Plus, steam train rides for all! Visit our railway museum, see the travelling post office, take a trip on the ride-on miniature railway, and watch the model railway. Enjoy steam train rides on our stunning flagship locomotive, Metropolitan 1, who is back in Quainton after several months visiting other railways. Rides run approximately every 20 minutes throughout the day.

Sunday 1st October: Autumn Steam Gala
Special Event! Come and see four of our locomotives in steam all on one special day... Passenger trains, freight trains plus lots more!

Sunday 15th October: Diesel Day - Cancelled...
We are sorry to announce that our Diesel Day has been cancelled due to engine failure. We hope to be up and running in time for another Diesel Day in the Spring. 

Christmas is coming! Book now!

We can confirm that the Big Man in Red will be coming to us several times leading up to Christmas - sometimes he'll be travelling on Thomas and other times he'll be riding one of our own steam locomotives. Pre-booking for Christmas is essential as we sell out quickly (especially the First Class tickets!) 

Festive Day Out With Thomas: Come and see Father Christmas on a train pulled by Thomas! All children get a present. Meet the Fat Controller, enjoy Thomas-themed colouring and badge-making, live children's show and free refreshments: Click here for more information and to book Festive Day Out With Thomas!

'Santa Special': Our 'Santa Special' days are NOT with Thomas the Tank Engine, but, being the Wednesday, Friday and Saturday before Christmas once the schools have broken up, they are set to offer a really festive experience. Father Christmas travels on one of our own stunning steam locomotives instead of Thomas - often preferred by families with older children who may consider themselves (deep intake of breath) too old for Thomas! (Although we, of course, think you are never too old for Thomas!)  Click here to book Santa Specials!

Our new, stunning locomotive 'Cornwall' is here!

'Cornwall' is now on display, pride of place inside our Visitor Centre for all to see.

Cornwall is here to take the place of Castle Class 4-6-0 No. 5080 Defiant, due to its return to Tysley for proposed overhaul to mainline standards.  LNWR 2-2-2 tender loco No. 3020 ‘Cornwall’ has come to Quainton on loan from The National Railway Museum. Built in 1847, ‘Cornwall’ is being displayed alongside two LNWR liveried carriages and has taken 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 welcome such a stunning locomotive to our collection.

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 railway 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!
You can use Tesco vouchers on any day except Day Out With Thomas and Christmas.

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). During the school holidays, however, Wednesdays become steaming days!
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...

How to get here

What's on

Buckinghamshire Railway Centre
Station Road
HP22 4BY

For General enquiries:

For School enquiries:

Tel: (01296) 655720