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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


Saturday, 15th June 2024 - Sunday, 18th August 2024

Chappel Viaduct Art DisplayWładysław Mirecki - Chappel Viaduct Art Display
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Sunday, 23rd June 2024 - Sunday, 23rd June 2024

Commercial, Emergency & Service Vehicle DayCome and get up close and personal to a display of buses, trucks, military vehicles, fire engines, police cars and ambulances. Learn about the history of the fire service thanks to a pop up museum and get your photo taken in the drivers seat of a police car. There will also be free bus rides to…
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Saturday, 29th June 2024 - Sunday, 30th June 2024

Chappel 175 Anniversary CelebrationCelebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Marks Tey to Sudbury line and Chappel & Wakes Colne Station. A special weekend of celebration for the anniversary of the Marks Tey to Sudbury line. 2024 marks 175 years since the Colchester, Stour Valley, Sudbury and Halstead Railway opened the railway line,…
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Wednesday, 24th July 2024 - Wednesday, 24th July 2024

Wednesday, 31st July 2024 - Wednesday, 31st July 2024

Wednesday, 7th August 2024 - Wednesday, 7th August 2024

Wednesday, 14th August 2024 - Wednesday, 14th August 2024

Wednesday, 30th October 2024 - Wednesday, 30th October 2024

Saturday, 2nd November 2024 - Saturday, 2nd November 2024

Diesel Day - unlimited train ridesAnother firm favourite with families – they're a great way to visit the Museum and have unlimited rides in our vintage wagons or carriages pulled by one of our fleet of Diesel locomotives, or one of our vintage diesel trains. We operate unlimited rides between 10.30 – 15.00, the Museum opens at…
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Sunday, 28th July 2024 - Sunday, 28th July 2024

Sunday, 4th August 2024 - Sunday, 4th August 2024

Sunday, 11th August 2024 - Sunday, 11th August 2024

Sunday, 18th August 2024 - Sunday, 18th August 2024

Sunday, 3rd November 2024 - Sunday, 3rd November 2024

Steam Day - unlimited train ridesA firm favourite with families, they're a great opportunity to visit the Museum and have a ride in vintage wagons or carriages pulled by one of our restored Steam Engines. We operate unlimited rides starting at either 10:30 or 11:00 * – 15.00, the Museum opens at 10am right through until 5pm.
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Tuesday, 3rd September 2024 - Saturday, 7th September 2024

Chappel Winter Beer FestivalChappel Annual Winter Beer Festival
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Sunday, 6th October 2024 - Sunday, 6th October 2024

Small Trains Day & Model Railway ShowOur 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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Wednesday, 1st January 2025 - Wednesday, 1st January 2025

New Years Day Steam Train RidesNew Years Steam Unlimited Steam Train Rides arrow2 Start 2023 with rides on our train pulled by a real Steam Locomotive! BOOK IN ADVANCE NOW FOR 5% DISCOUNT, AND TO BOOK AT 2022 PRICES! A firm favourite with families, they're a great opportunity to visit the Museum and have a ride in vintage wagons…
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  • Disabled access - Step free Access by Car if arriving by Train will need to use steps on railway bridge over track
  • Wheelchairs available


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


  • Coach parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted


  • School Trips

Target Markets

  • 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 2023 - 1 Jan 2025)
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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