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Buckinghamshire Railway Centre


Festive Day Out With Thomas tickets have SOLD OUT. Tickets will NOT be available on the day.

A fun day out for the whole family!

Coming to see us in December?

Please be aware that the main road through the centre of Quainton is closed until January for road works. It is possible to get through to Station Road from the west of the village but not the east. If coming from the east, it is best to come down into Aylesbury and along the A41. Please check your route before leaving and leave plenty of time to get here in time for your booked train ride! See map below - green is clear, red is not!

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We are next open:

It's a Festive Day Out With Thomas and Father Christmas on:

Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th December
Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th December
Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd December

More information below...

Please note:
We are a working railway museum, not a full working railway, hence our usual steam train ride runs back and forth on our 1/3 mile length of track and lasts around 20 minutes (at CHristmas it is longer as Farther Christmas has to talk to all the children!)

Festive Day Out With Thomas: SOLD OUT!

Platform Tickets, however, are available to buy on the day for £9 per child 2+/adult. These tickets allow entry to the site, the live shows, the free refreshments, tea cups rides, colouring etc, but NOT the train ride, so you won't be able to meet Father Christmas.

Click here for more information

1/2nd, 8/9th, 15/16th & 22/23rd December. Father Christmas will travel on the train seeing everyone and handing out presents to all the children.

Day Out With Thomas 2019:

Click here for more information about our normal DOWT days which will return at Easter 2019.
Tickets will be on sale very soon!

Thomas will be here:
19-22nd April (Easter)
29/30th June
7/8th September

(Tesco Vouchers are not valid for a Day Out With Thomas). 

We are Family-Friendly! (And Dog-Friendly too!)

We pride ourselves in being family-friendly! Did you know that children under 5 get FREE entry to most of our events - including special events. AND, our family ticket is for 2 adults and up to FOUR children age 5-15! 
Events not included are: Day Out With Thomas, Christmas and Halloween, when different pricing structures are used.

Local Resident Annual Family Pass only £42

Do you within an 8-mile radius of us? (Click here to check!) Our Local Resident Annual Family Pass can be purchased by anyone within 8 miles of us (as the crow flies), for a one-off payment of just £42 per family for a whole year! Come and enjoy your local heritage railway centre as often as you like! Click here for more information and an application form (Includes Aylesbury and Haddenham!) The Local Pass gives free entry to nearly all of our events!

Wedding Fair: Sunday 13th October 2019 11am-2pm

We've already booked the date for our popular Wedding Fair next year! 
*  Free entry  *  Glass of bubbles on arrival  * 
We will have lots of lovely and friendly local wedding suppliers, from cakes and caterers, to flowers and photographers...
No need to pre-book/register, just turn up!
Plenty of parking
Plus, come and see our stunning vintage railway wedding venue!
For further information, including wedding suppliers looking to exhibit, please email Emmas on

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 takes the place of Castle Class 4-6-0 No. 5080 Defiant, which has returned to Tysley for proposed overhaul to mainline standards.  LNWR 2-2-2 tender loco No. 3020 ‘Cornwall’ is 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 in 2019 are every Sunday from April 7th until 29th September and Wednesdays during the school holidays (April 10th & 17th, May 29th, then July 31st-August 28th and October 30th)... We are open other days too, see below for more information!) We open from 10.30am - 5pm on Sundays. (Last admissions 3pm before closing).

Steaming Days are our normal, working open days when 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!

Static Days:
The site is open but TRAIN RIDES ARE NOT RUNNING - ticket prices are much reduced for these days. Adults £6, Seniors £5, children £4 - under 5s FREE as usual.
You can wander the site, visit the Railway Museum and Visitor Centre, peek in at the restoration sheds and talk to any of our volunteers who may well be working there. The cafe is closed, but we have a self-service hot drinks machine, and cold drinks/snacks for sale. 

Special Events:
We run lots of Special Events throughout the year, including some popular family events like our famous Days Out With Thomas and Teddy's Train Ride, and also our Steam Galas and vintage vehicle rallies. Simply check out the pages of our website to find out more about what's on and when! 

During our open season April-October, come for steam train rides on Sundays, plus ride the miniature railway, watch the model trains, visit the Railway Museum and Visitor Centre, plus lots more! We are also open Monday-Wednesday for Static Days see below for more info. Plus, kids under 5 go FREE to most of our events! AND, our family ticket includes 4 FREE children!

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


How to get here

What's on

Buckinghamshire Railway Centre
Station Road
HP22 4BY

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Tel: (01296) 655720

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