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Buckinghamshire Railway Centre

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

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We are CLOSED during November!

We are closed during November, as we need to get The Railway ready for Christmas! We re-open for Christmas on Saturday 2nd December...

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

We are next open for Steam Train Rides on:                 

Come and see Santa in a Grotto with a Difference - on a Steam Train! 

Christmas isn't far away and tickets are selling fast! 'Festive Thomas' tickets are nearly sold out. Book soon to avoid disappointment! Our first Christmas Trains are running on Saturday 2nd December - that's only 3 weeks away! Our 'Santa Special' days are closer to Christmas and are NOT with Thomas. These dates currently have more availability. Click here for more info: Santa Specials! Meet Santa on a Steam Train!

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 Specials':

Our 'Santa Special' days are NOT with Thomas the Tank Engine, but, you still get to meet Father Christmas on a Steam Train! And, being the Wednesday, Friday and Saturday before Christmas, they are set to offer a really festive experience! Father Christmas travels on one of our own stunning steam locomotives instead of Thomas, which is 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!

At all of our Christmas events, the fabulous Cha Char Chimps will be offering on-board fun whilst you wait for Father Christmas on the train! The fabulous Paul Biz will also be here entertaining the children with a live kids' show in the indoor marquee approximately once every hour.

Please note: We are not able to accept Tesco Vouchers for Thomas Days or Christmas.

Stunning locomotive 'Cornwall' is on display in our Visitor Centre!

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

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