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Address: Yeldham Road, Castle Hedingham CO9 3DZ, England
Phone Number: 01787461174
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9:00 am - 3:30 pm
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Fee: Yes

Enjoy a trip on our mile length of line on the original Colne Valley...

Enjoy a trip on our mile length of line on the original Colne Valley and Halstead Railway. Re-located buildings, signal boxes etc., all lovingly restored by volunteers. Mixture of steam and diesel operating days, miniature 7 1/4" railway, garden layout and new for this year large 00 gauge layout. Visit the working signalbox, exhibition centre, Travelling Post Office and shop. Excellent buffet facilities, large free car park, admission covers all facilities. Dine in style on our Pullman train (selected dates only) and Thomas the Tank Engine events.

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England at its best

I visited this quiet corner of England for the 40's event , it was lovely , an intense pattern of trains, my favourite blood and custard coaches , and plenty to do apart form ride... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 12, 2015
kingsley e
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English first
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63 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

I visited this quiet corner of England for the 40's event , it was lovely , an intense pattern of trains, my favourite blood and custard coaches , and plenty to do apart form ride . A nice garden railway , informative museum, a woodland wal , a model railway and some intersting stock awaiting restoration. Food was good ,... More 

Thank kingsley e
Essex, United Kingdom
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216 reviews
79 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

We took our two grandchildren to the Thomas day out. We thought it a little expensive but we did really enjoy it. The weather was beautiful which helped. The trains were a pleasure to ride and to see the faces of the little children when they meet Thomas is magical. They get the chance to give Thomas a drink by... More 

Thank dd21
Ipswich, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

Myself, husband and granddaughters aged 3 and 18 months went along on this trip. The children are Thomas enthusiasts and from the moment they recognised engines with faces they were rapt. They loved Thomas and his friends. I do find it bizarre that so many people have issues with the engines and faces. Can only assume that they think there... More 

Thank Adele C
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66 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

This was our first visit and as a Days Out with Thomas event we expected, and found, it to be very busy. There was lots to do for the children, including rides on the full size trains, re-enactments and magic shows. However the buffet was totally unable to cope and having waited half an hour to reach the buffet counter... More 

1 Thank Arthur C
Loughton, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

After reading a few mixed reviews about the Thomas Day, I was a little worried about taking my 2 year old Nephew, but we went ahead anyway. Let me tell you there is nothing more that could have been done to make this a wonderful afternoon out. From the moment we arrived the staff were wonderful, friendly and very helpful.... More 

Thank MrsQ212
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

Had wonderful time with the children on Thomas Day. Everyone there is so helpful and kind, they really made The day special and fun, lots to do And see. Thank you for a special Day out.

Thank Debra H
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49 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

We drove up from London and happened to pass a sign for this place so thought we'd pop in. What a mistake! First off it appears that the place is about to close down (we constantly heard staff/volunteers bemoaning the fact to all the visitors). By all accounts it was an "operating day".... not much operating was had that I... More 

4 Thank womblelina
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

after enjoying a lovely day here with our grandchildren last August they asked to return this year. What a difference this year. It seemed as though it was ' running out of steam'. There was only one man who was having to run anything to do with the trains by himself. He did apologise when we boarded the diesel and... More 

3 Thank Brenda6350
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Went with friends visiting from Staffordshire. Five senior adults, £35 entrance fee. Had a ride of about 1 mile on an old steam train, spent 10 mins watching 2 guys playing with a miniature railway set-up, half of which wasn't working, did the same mile long train ride on a smaller model railway, and saw some old rusty carriages. Not... More 

3 Thank weznwichy
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

If you like old train engines and a ride on a steam train and miniature railway then visit this place the kids will love it and so would the adults. I really loved it and so did my family. We had lunch there and it was good value for money and the service was good.

Thank Deborah C

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