This miniature railway at Lyne, near Chertsey, is open to the public every Sunday afternoon from the beginning of May through to the end of October. Passenger rides operate from 1.30pm to 5.00pm and the booking office closes at 4.45pm.
It is one of the most extensive miniature railways in the country with two miles of track. The railway itself is owned by the Ian Allan Group (the publishing company). The locomotives are owned by enthusiasts. The railway is operated and maintained by volunteers.
It has about 25 steam engines, all scaled-down versions of “real” locomotives, plus three diesels.
Trains run along either of two colour-coded routes, each taking about 20 minutes. Single tickets can be bought for either route or a double ticket for both. A special train called The Gladesman runs once each afternoon: this covers both routes on its journey and normally consists of a longer train, “double-headed” with two engines.
Assistance for disabled passengers
The railway has low-level sit-in coaches. Railway volunteers at the station will assist passengers with mobility problems if necessary. The coaches cannot carry wheelchairs.
The railway’s web site at http://www.cockcrow.co.uk includes fares, its history and even technical details of such things as signalling and locomotive engineering.
Getting there by car
The railway is in Hardwick Lane, Lyne, near Chertsey.
Postcode for satnavs: KT16 0AD
If travelling north along the A320 towards Chertsey (from Woking or M25 junction 11), turn left onto the B386 (Holloway Hill) towards Windlesham at a mini roundabout, then right after a short distance into Hardwick Lane. (A brown fingerboard sign on the left points the way.) The railway is about 500m (550 yards) on the right, after Hardwick Farm, and indicated by a brown fingerboard sign.
If travelling south along the A320 from Chertsey, pass the Salesian School on your left then continue ahead along the A320 at the first mini roundabout. At the next mini roundabout, turn right (second exit) onto the B386 (Holloway Hill) towards Windlesham. Then after a short distance turn right into Hardwick Lane. (A brown fingerboard sign on the left points the way.) The railway is about 500m (550 yards) on the right, after Hardwick Farm, and indicated by a brown fingerboard sign.
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