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The Colne Valley Railway

The Colne Valley Railway is a one mile long heritage railway located in North Essex, about 70 miles from London. The Colne Valley Railway was formed in 1974 primarily as a home for steam locomotive number WD190. It has developed into a fully functional railway, complete with a station, signalboxes, bridges, and other railway buildings - when the site was bought there were no buildings at all.The Railway has specialised in education for many years, and is highly regarded in this field.

The story of the Colne Valley Railway as it is today began one evening in the summer of 1973 when two railway enthusiasts walked a one mile section of the former Colne Valley & Halstead Railway at Castle Hedingham.That walk through the undergrowth of the former trackbed by the founder members of the Railway Company, Dick Hymas and Gordon Warren, inspired them to create a complete authentic working railway from scratch on what was effectively a green field site. The vision included not only laying track, but building stations, platforms, signal boxes, and even bridges; it was to be the construction of a microcosm of a typical Essex country branch line.

If you would like to know more about the history, steam days and events etc. then visit the Railways website by clicking the link below.


The Colne Valley Railway

Address: Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex, CO9 3DZ.

Telephone: 01787-461174.




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