Colne Valley Railway

Colne Valley Railway

Passing the Token at Castle Hedingham station

Passing the Token at Castle Hedingham station

Picture: © Copyright Roger Jones and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

The Colne Valley Railway is a preserved heritage Steam railway set in the beautiful countryside of Essex.


The Colne Valley Railway runs for 1 mile through the Essex Countryside.

Castle Hedingham

Funnily enough, the only station on the line! This quaint little station has all the charm of a small countryside station in the 50s!

Located at the centre of the running line, trains run in both directions out of the Station. There are two platforms, Waiting room, Station building & Signal Box etc.

Also located at Castle Hedingham are a few sideline attractions such as the Garden Railway, an SM32 & G scale outside model railway. With Bridges tunnels, landscapes and apparently, Nessie (Loch-Ness Monster)!

The Signal Box in open to the Public on most operational days!

There is also an Exhibition centre open on most Sunday operating days and special events, see the progress that has been made on the CVR since it’s re-opening! Adjacent, right behind the Exhibition Centre is the TPO (Travelling Post Office) which now has level access for all visitors so they can enjoy this rare sight.

In 2008 a miniature railway was opened. Running on 7 1/4 inch gauge track, this little line takes passengers for a 600 metre ride past sidings, along side the main running line, trough a tunnel before arriving at the far end where the locomotives is turned and returns to the station. Steam makes an occasional appearance mainly over special events, all other trains a are hauled by Petrol or Electric locos.

The miniature railway station is very impressive with overall roof, sidings and Engine sheds/Workshops!

A Model railway is soon to open as well, this will be located in a building behind the Signal Box.

Other facilities include the “Sidings” No.Buffet car which sells hot a cold refreshments and Station shop.

Southern Loop

The Southern Loop is located at the most Southerly point of the running line, here the locomotives run round before taking the train back to Castle Hedingham, running straight through.

Northern Loop

After the Train has passed through Castle Hedingham the train comes to the Northern Loop, this is located at the Northerly point of the running line, next to the Railways workshops. After the loco has run round the train returns to Castle Hedingham.


Operating Dates: See Website

Line Length: 1 mile

Operational locomotives:

  • Peckett 0-6-0ST No.2000 (On loan from Barrow Hill)
  • RSH 0-4-0ST Castle Donnington No.1 (On loan from Midland Railway Centre)
  • Class 31 A1A-A1A No.31255
  • “Bubble Car” Single DMU No.W55033
  • Class 141 Layland 2-Car DMU

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