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For over 50 years the East Anglian Railway Museum has been transporting visitors of all ages back in time to discover the unique history of the region’s railways. The site covers over 10 acres, you can explore our Victorian station, goods shed and signal boxes to see how passengers and freight have been transported over the years.

With displays of steam and diesel locomotives, vintage carriages and wagons there is something to interest everyone. Our heritage centre looks behind the scenes of running the railways with a host of smaller artefacts on display.
Working restoration shed where Volunteers bring the Engines and Rolling stock back to life.
The Museum also includes a railway themed Children's Playground, Picnic Area and an ex-London bus converted into a Children's Play Bus.

The award winning Platform 2 Café will be open every day the museum is open*, serving delicious homemade cakes, afternoon teas, lunches and great coffee!
Picnic Area 
Venue hire for Weddings, Parties, conferences etc, including Training rooms.

Event Days 
Unlimited Train rides, including Mini rail and Model railway layouts
Days out with Thomas (Easter, August Bank Holiday, Half Term , Christmas with Santa)
Spring Vehicle Extravaganza
Summer and Winter Beer Festival
Small Trains Exhibition
Steam Railway Experience Days Available

Based next to the famous Chappel Viaduct in north Essex, we are easily accessible by road and rail and full details can be found by going to www.earm.co.uk    

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Guide Prices

General (Non-Event) Admission Prices
Adult (18+): £8.00
Child (4 - 17): £4.00
Under 4s: Free

Standard Event / Special Event Day Admission Prices
Adults (18+): £10.00/£12.00
Children (4-17): £7/£8
Under 4s: Free

Day Out With Thomas (PRE-BOOKING ONLY)
Adults: £17.60
Children (2-17): £13.20
Under 2s: Free


Monday, 1st May 2023 - Monday, 1st May 2023

Saturday, 27th May 2023 - Saturday, 27th May 2023

Friday, 2nd June 2023 - Friday, 2nd June 2023

Sunday, 18th June 2023 - Sunday, 18th June 2023

Sunday, 20th August 2023 - Sunday, 20th August 2023

Sunday, 20th August 2023 - Sunday, 27th August 2023

Drive a Diesel LocomotiveDrive a real diesel locomotive!
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Sunday, 28th May 2023 - Monday, 29th May 2023

Annual Transport Extravaganza & Steam GalaWe're very excited to announce that our annual Transport Extravaganza has been enhanced for 2023! For the first time ever, our Transport Extravaganza will share the stage with our annual Home Fleet Steam Gala.
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Sunday, 18th June 2023 - Sunday, 18th June 2023

Father's Day SteamThe perfect gift for Father's Day
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Tuesday, 5th September 2023 - Saturday, 9th September 2023

Chappel 2023 Beer FestivalAnnual Chappel Beer Festival (the large one)
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Sunday, 8th October 2023 - Sunday, 8th October 2023

Small Trains DayOur popular Small Trains Day is back for 2023 – but it's not just small trains – one of our full sized steam locomotives will also be in action with the Freight Train giving unlimited rides all day.
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  • Assistance dogs welcome
  • Autism Friendly
  • Disabled access - Step free Access by Car if arriving by Train will need to use steps on railway bridge over track
  • Disabled toilets
  • Wheelchairs available

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome


  • Coach parking
  • Drop Off Point
  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Facilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality
  • Wedding receptions - We provide a unique venue for wedding receptions. Please note that we are not licenced to have couples get officially married on site.


  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Gift shop
  • Onsite Catering
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

Site Features

  • Regional Tourist Board Member


  • School Trips

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Near the impressive Chappel Viaduct. About 15 minutes from Colchester, Halstead and Sudbury, about 30 minutes from Chelmsford, about 40 minutes from Ipswich.  

Public Transport Directions

Accessible by Public Transport: Chappel & Wakes Colne station is 0 miles away.

East Anglian Railway Museum

Type:Steam Railway

Chappel & Wakes Colne Station, Station Road, Wakes Colne, Colchester, Essex, CO6 2DS

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Opening Times

Open New Year
Season (1 Jan 2022 - 1 Jan 2024)
Monday - TuesdayClosed
Thursday - FridayClosed
Saturday - SundayOpen
Bank HolidayOpen

* Open every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Unlimited Diesel Train rides included on Event days + Unlimited Mini Rail rides
Unlimited Steam Train rides included on Event days+ Unlimited Mini Rail rides
Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day
New Years Steam
Days Out With Thomas

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