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Colne Valley Railway

Yeldham Road, Castle Hedingham CO9 3DZ, England
+44 1787 461174
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Day out with Thomas the tank engine

Fabulous event, great for all ages. My 2 year old son absolutely loved it. We were there for about... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
80Caroline80
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Stevenage, United Kingdom
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spur of the moment day out

took my daughter and 3 year old on the Thomas the Tank steam day ..fat controller was there as were... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Julie T
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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.
  • Excellent44%
  • Very good20%
  • Average15%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible10%
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Yeldham Road, Castle Hedingham CO9 3DZ, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fabulous event, great for all ages. My 2 year old son absolutely loved it. We were there for about 4 hours. No hidden extra charges which was great, you can ride on all the trains, including the miniature railway, as many times as you like....More

Thank 80Caroline80
David A, Manager at Colne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback and I know all our volunteers who work so tirelessly in their spare time to keep this historic railway going for future generations will be delighted you had a wonderful day. So you might be aware, we do have a...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

took my daughter and 3 year old on the Thomas the Tank steam day ..fat controller was there as were rusty and dusty train engineers ..fire engine was there with a water hose and small mock house to aim the water hose at ..it was...More

Thank Julie T
David A, Manager at Colne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your positive feedback. I know all our volunteers who work so tirelessly in their spare time to keep this historic railway going for future generations will be delighted you had a wonderful "spur of the moment" day out! Two more events this...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had Sunday lunch in the “Royal Carriage Aquila” on Sunday 17th Sept. It was a special occasion, and booked several months in advance, as well as being expensive at £45/head. It was appalling, beyond description really, there are no other words. It's advertised as...More

Thank Stu151
David A, Manager at Colne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback. I know we have already been in contact and as you mentioned we have raised your concerns with our external caterers and they have assured us they will work harder on all areas of service. Our volunteers work very hard...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While I appreciate the railway is run by volunteers I feel the meal was well below being acceptable the carriage was nice the seating very nice the table nicely laid out the food took ages between courses the starts was ok the main meal came...More

Thank norm129
David A, Manager at Colne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review your meal aboard our Pullman train. I am very sorry to hear your experience was not to the standard you should expect. Our catering is provided by an external local company and I have this morning made...More

Reviewed 14 September 2017

We had a great day out at the railway last Sunday, Grandsons aged 5 & 8 were thrilled to see be photographed with Marshall & Chase,loved the train ride, model railway & "playing firefighters"! They sorted the post in the TPO & had a lunchtime...More

Thank Janet C
Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

We only went as Paw Patrol were there. While this was good as Marshall and Chase alternated taking photos for 30 mins the rest was TERRIBLE. We paid £30 for 2 adults and 1 paying child. There's a train to no where with a view...More

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Chairman-CVR, Manager at Colne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2017

The Railway's volunteers will be disappointed that you did not enjoy your visit to our Railway. We work very hard to present the Railway is a good a condition as possible despite all the (well documented) issues we have had over the last three years....More

Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

We came to see both trains and vintage vehicles. Both were very good, and we had a comfortable ride on the train. We also went to see the model, garden and miniature railways, which were excellent. We went into the buffet coach for a hot...More

Thank Glynis C
Chairman-CVR, Manager at Colne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2017

Many thanks for you kind comments and we are very pleased that you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 9 August 2017

We travelled here on a day when it was raining hard so the miniature railway not running and the walk through the woods was shut, but we were still charged the full price for a very short ride on a steam train. There was nothing...More

Thank madlyinsane
Chairman-CVR, Manager at Colne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2017

We are very disappointed that it was raining on the day of your visit which clearly affected your enjoyment of your visit. The rain can affect some facilities but most of the others were still open including Model Railway, Museum, Signalbox, Travelling Post Office as...More

Reviewed 9 August 2017

Arrived in good time, only to find its really a demonstration line rather than a heritage railway as you associate with the title. I paid my admission only to be the woodland path was shut , The travelling post office coaches were 'up' the line...More

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Chairman-CVR, Manager at Colne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2017

Many thanks for your comments although as volunteers we will be disappointed that you did not enjoy the many facilities we have on site. The woodland walk is open from May to end of September but if it is wet, it can be muddy so...More

Reviewed 6 August 2017

Visited with our two grand children ages 7 and 9 and had a lovely time. Everyone enjoyed the miniature train so much so we had three rides. The steam train itself was good to ride up and down as much as we wanted and we...More

Thank FIFINorfolk
Chairman-CVR, Manager at Colne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2017

The volunteers here will be very please that you enjoyed your visit and certainly the miniature railway can be our most popular attraction. Yes, the site will change considerably over the coming year and the improvements will considerably enhance the experience for all our visitors.

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Stephanie P
28 June 2017|
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There are usually both full size and miniature trains to ride on, although the miniature railway cannot run if it is raining. There are also interactive model and garden railways, plus many other attractions.
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