East Anglian Railway Museum

East Anglian Railway Museum is in Chappel by Chappel & Wakes Colne Station, near Colchester. (Map).

The Museum has a wide collection of locomotives and rolling stock, some of which are fully restored and others are undergoing repair and restoration. The Restoration Shed was built in 1983-4, prior to which most work had to take place in the Goods Shed or in the open.

Visitors are welcome to look around the shed and see our volunteers at work. The workshops are adjacent, and there is a wide variety of machinery that enables us to do most engineering and carpentry work. For health and safety reasons we regret that we are unable to offer public access to the workshop area.

We always welcome questions about ongoing work - please feel free to ask our volunteers about what they are doing - and why! We welcome new volunteers - please ask in the Visitor Reception for further details. You do not need any special skills for many of the jobs, and training is available in many areas.

Schedule of Events:

Kids Run the Railway , 21 July 2018, 10:00 to 13:00 at East Anglian Railway Museum, Station Road, Wakes Colne, Colchester (5.7 miles away)
Let off steam at these great new kidsâ?? activity days! Under supervision from our friendly volunteers, come and have a go at operating the crossing gates, be a train guard for a day or learn how the signals work in our historic signal box. You can ride our classic diesel train as well.
Due to us being a working railway yard, all kids must be accompanied by one adult who will be admitted FREE. Any additional adults should pay normal admission. Please make sure the kids wear old clothes (they WILL get dirty!) and sturdy shoes. Places are strictly limited so everyone gets a go at everything â?? pre-booking is essential.


Kids Run the Railway , 21 July 2018, 13:00 to 16:00 at East Anglian Railway Museum, Station Road, Wakes Colne, Colchester (5.7 miles away)
Let off steam at these great new kidsâ?? activity days! Under supervision from our friendly volunteers, come and have a go at operating the crossing gates, be a train guard for a day or learn how the signals work in our historic signal box. You can ride our classic diesel train as well.
Due to us being a working railway yard, all kids must be accompanied by one adult who will be admitted FREE. Any additional adults should pay normal admission. Please make sure the kids wear old clothes (they WILL get dirty!) and sturdy shoes. Places are strictly limited so everyone gets a go at everything â?? pre-booking is essential.


A Steamy Vintage Encounter , 29 July 2018, 10:00 to 16:30 at East Anglian Railway Museum, Station Road, Wakes Colne, Colchester (5.7 miles away)
The fabulous Fox, Wiggle & Sass will be serving up their usual combination of great wartime songs with attitude so join us in our historic Victorian Goods shed for a bit of dancing, vintage teas and some great live music.
Thereâ??ll be swing jive dance workshops, â??make do and mendâ??, scrumptious afternoon teas and steam train rides all day long. Meet the scary teacher in our evacuee drama â??lessonsâ?? but donâ??t be late! Classic cars, traditional rides, rockâ??nâ??roll dancing and vintage hair styling all make up this lovely day out for all the family.


Kids Run the Railway , 18 August 2018, 10:00 to 13:00 at East Anglian Railway Museum, Station Road, Wakes Colne, Colchester (5.7 miles away)
Let off steam at these great new kidsâ?? activity days! Under supervision from our friendly volunteers, come and have a go at operating the crossing gates, be a train guard for a day or learn how the signals work in our historic signal box. You can ride our classic diesel train as well.
Due to us being a working railway yard, all kids must be accompanied by one adult who will be admitted FREE. Any additional adults should pay normal admission. Please make sure the kids wear old clothes (they WILL get dirty!) and sturdy shoes. Places are strictly limited so everyone gets a go at everything â?? pre-booking is essential.


Kids Run the Railway , 18 August 2018, 13:00 to 16:00 at East Anglian Railway Museum, Station Road, Wakes Colne, Colchester (5.7 miles away)
Let off steam at these great new kidsâ?? activity days! Under supervision from our friendly volunteers, come and have a go at operating the crossing gates, be a train guard for a day or learn how the signals work in our historic signal box. You can ride our classic diesel train as well.
Due to us being a working railway yard, all kids must be accompanied by one adult who will be admitted FREE. Any additional adults should pay normal admission. Please make sure the kids wear old clothes (they WILL get dirty!) and sturdy shoes. Places are strictly limited so everyone gets a go at everything â?? pre-booking is essential.


Day Out With Thomas , 25 August 2018 to 27 August 2018, 10:00 to 16:30 at East Anglian Railway Museum, Station Road, Wakes Colne, Colchester (5.7 miles away)
Peep Peep! Thomas, the number one blue engine, is visiting Chappel station over the August Bank Holidayâ?¦
Calling all little engineers! Join Thomas, the number one blue engine, as he visits the East Anglian Railway Museum for a day of family fun. The Fat Controller will also be on hand to make sure that Thomas is being a really useful engine whilst Rusty and Dusty, Sodorâ??s Station Sweepers, will be causing mischief.


Spooky Day Out With Thomas , 27 October 2018 to 28 October 2018, 10:00 to 16:30 at East Anglian Railway Museum, Station Road, Wakes Colne, Colchester (5.7 miles away)
Thomas the Tank Engine with a spooky twist, the perfect Halloween treat!
Calling all little engineers! Join Thomas, the number one blue engine, as he visits the East Anglian Railway Museum for a day of spooky family fun. The Fat Controller will also be on hand to make sure that Thomas is being a really useful engine whilst Rusty and Dusty, Sodorâ??s Station Sweepers, will be causing mischief.


Festive Day Out With Thomas , 09 December 2018, 10:00 to 16:30 at East Anglian Railway Museum, Station Road, Wakes Colne, Colchester (5.7 miles away)
Lots of festive fun with Thomas and his friends. Children also get to visit Santaâ??s Grotto
Calling all little engineers! Join Thomas, the number one blue engine, as he visits the East Anglian Railway Museum for a festive day of family fun. The Fat Controller will also be on hand to make sure that Thomas is being a really useful engine whilst Rusty and Dusty, Sodorâ??s Station Sweepers, will be causing mischief.


Festive Day Out With Thomas , 15 December 2018 to 16 December 2018, 10:00 to 16:30 at East Anglian Railway Museum, Station Road, Wakes Colne, Colchester (5.7 miles away)
Lots of festive fun with Thomas and his friends. Children also get to visit Santaâ??s Grotto
Calling all little engineers! Join Thomas, the number one blue engine, as he visits the East Anglian Railway Museum for a festive day of family fun. The Fat Controller will also be on hand to make sure that Thomas is being a really useful engine whilst Rusty and Dusty, Sodorâ??s Station Sweepers, will be causing mischief.


Festive Day Out With Thomas , 22 December 2018 to 23 December 2018, 10:00 to 16:30 at East Anglian Railway Museum, Station Road, Wakes Colne, Colchester (5.7 miles away)
Lots of festive fun with Thomas and his friends. Children also get to visit Santaâ??s Grotto
Calling all little engineers! Join Thomas, the number one blue engine, as he visits the East Anglian Railway Museum for a festive day of family fun. The Fat Controller will also be on hand to make sure that Thomas is being a really useful engine whilst Rusty and Dusty, Sodorâ??s Station Sweepers, will be causing mischief.