Immerse yourself in the East Anglian Railway Museum



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It’s a slice of living history, and for anyone interested in railways the East Anglian Railway Museum is simply a great family day out.

The museum gives you a chance to get up close and personal to a wide collection of steam trains, diesel locomotives and vintage carriages.

East Anglian Railway Museum Logo

The story of the East Anglian Railway Museum is one of hard work, sweat and steam, as a small number of dedicated enthusiasts and volunteers strived to ensure the survival of an important piece of Britain’s industrial and cultural heritage.

The museum remains dedicated to the conservation of a historically significant representation of our regional railway heritage, largely through the efforts of volunteers.  As a result, thousands of visitors every year are able to enjoy seeing a working museum.

The East Anglian Railway Museum at Chappel held their Transport Extravaganza on Sunday and Monday of Spring Bank Holiday weekend. As well as rides on the trains, a chance to drive a diesel shunter there was the opportunity to travel into Bures on a vintage bus, as well as viewing many vintage and veteran vehicles.

It hosts a number of event days throughout the year when the team operates a variety of classic steam locomotives and vintage diesels, so you can experience the sights, smells and the noise of an authentic steam railway in a period setting.

Visitors are able to enjoy unlimited rides on the heritage trains included in the admission cost, making it perfect for a family day out.

You can also view the restored locomotives, explore the numerous railways carriages and sometimes even have a go at driving a diesel locomotive. There are often other things going on too – check the events list for details.

Open Daily for static viewing 10am-4.30pm



  • Escape Room – July 21, Aug 18, Sept 28, Oct 20 & 30 (half-term), Nov 30, Dec 29
  • Steampunk Fair – July 21 – In cahoots with the League of Essexordinary Gentlemen, this is a day full of steampunk shenanigans…
  • Summer Steam Sundays – July 28, August 4, 11 & 18 – Enjoy the nostalgic museum surroundings at Chappel Station, bring the family, bring a picnic and spend a relaxing Sunday.  Steam engines will be running all day.
  • Activity Mornings – July 30 (Military), August 13 (Engineering), August 27 (Nature)
  • Days Out With Thomas – August 24 -26, October 26 – 27, December 8, 14, 15, 21, 22 – Meet the Fat Controller and ride on Thomas and his friends at these great family days out
  • Chappel Beer Festival  – September 3-7
  • Roman River Festival Concert – Sept 15 – A live performance of Steve Reich’s mesmerising Different Trains, string quartet plus electronics.
  • Diesel Gala – September 29
  • Steam Day & Model Railway Show – Oct 15
  • Half term diesel days – Oct 30
  • Halloween Half-Term Fun – Oct 28-31

For prices and more details contact:

East Anglian Railway Museum

Chappel Station

Call 01206 242524 or visit: [email protected]


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