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Swanley New Barn Railway

Prince Sheian approaching New Barn Station
Prince Sheian approaching New Barn Station
Inside Holborn Crossing signal box
Inside Holborn Crossing signal box
Western Enterprise
Western Enterprise
The large steam engines getting ready for service
The large steam engines getting ready for service

30th year of operation. 7 1/4in. gauge, 900 yards. Six steam engines, six diesel engines and three other engines (petrol & electric), over 30 coaches and several freight wagons. A Westinghouse L type signal frame operating the main three platforms, 4-road terminus.


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Swanley Park New Barn Road Swanley Kent BR8 7PW

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Open days

Daily 30 Mar-15 Apr; Sat-Sun 21 Apr-20 May, 9 Jun-15 Jul; Daily 26 May-3 Jun, 21 Jul-Aug; Sat-Sun Sep-14 Oct; Daily 20-28 Oct.


By Bus: 476, 477, 233

By Rail: Swanley / 2 miles

The railway opened in 1986 as an out and back route, and since then has grown into a full loop, with a large collection of engines and coaches and one of the busiest signal boxes used in the miniature railway world.

The railway has two stations. The main station New Barn, now painted in Southern Railway colours is located close to the playgrounds, boating lake and Cafe, while the other station Swanley Parkway is located next to the main car park for the park. Most of our trains contain a luggage wagon to enable the transport of prams, picnics and luggage, especially useful in saving effort from getting from the car park to main area. On a busy sunny day, normally three trains are in operation operated from our extensive fleet of engines. Meaning an average departure interval of three minutes.

Steam trains are more likely to operate at weekends, depending on volunteer and engine availability, with our mighty over scale diesels based on famous BR diesels normally in charge the train.

The main station also incorporates a large turn table, upon which all engines are turned at the end of the trip. In sight of the station is the railway signal box Holborn Crossing, containing an ex BR westinghouse miniature frame.


Sat 29th Sep 2018: Double Header Day

The railway will operate all trains in the opposite direction around the track to normal. A chance to see and experience our engines climb out of Swanley…

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