Buckinghamshire Railway Centre occupies an extensive site in rolling Buckinghamshire countryside. There is so much to see and do! Exhibits range from large express passenger locomotives to the humble shunting engine together with a host of smaller items recreating the golden age of steam.
We are currently open for Steaming Days every Sunday (plus bank holidays, and also Wednesdays in the school holidays) when visitors can wander our 25-acre site and enjoy steam train rides. We also run Special Events when we have something different on offer, for example, our Thomas Days or Steam Galas. The Railway Museum and our stunning Visitor Centre are both open for all Steaming Days and Special Events. We have a cafe, gift shop and toilets inside our Visitor Centre. Our Miniature Railway is hugely popular and runs on Sundays and Special Event days for £1.20 per person (under 3s are free).
*** Please be aware that due to the nature of steam railways where steam trains are operating there is always a risk of falling ash coming from the locomotive's chimney, which can be hot and burn ***
We have locomotives and carriages from the later 1800s such as the Beattie well tank of 1874, and Metropolitan Railway No.1 (1898), a unique London Chatham & Dover Railway coach (1880) and a Great Northern Rly brake third of 1890 through to BR era stock which is used for passenger rides in the Up Yard. The London & North Western Rly kitchen diner of 1901 has the finest interior of any carriage to survive from that era and is coupled to a LNWR sleeper of 1907 now in use as a Cinema Coach. Grouping stock from the GWR, LNER and LMS is on display.
We have recently received LNWR 2-2-2 tender loco no. 3020 "Cornwall" on loan from the National Railway Museum. Cornwall takes the place of Castle Class 4-6-0 No. 5080 Defiant, which has returned to Tysley for proposed overhaul to mainline standards. Our Wightwick Hall 6989 and 7200 are both under restoration. Steam trains in the Down Yard, are operated on busier days using engines drawn from our large collection of industrial locomotives.
Many railways have a cattle dock but ours is still believed to be the only one with a restored cattle wagon (and cow). The weighbridge hut tells its own story and how it fits into a country goods yard. As befits a goods yard we have an extensive collection of goods vehicles including one of the most complete "sets” of BR standard goods vehicles.
In the Buffer Depot Museum are a wide variety of interesting things waiting to be discovered from a Passimeter and a Post Office railway car to a BR(S) Horse Box and an American velocipede. We have been collecting since 1962 and have a large and diverse collection of the smaller items such as signs and plates, rule books and tin plate toys.