Buckinghamshire Railway Centre

Come for steam train rides on Sundays, plus ride the miniature railway, watch the model trains, visit the Railway Museum, plus lots more!

A bit about us

Buckinghamshire Railway Centre occupies an extensive site in rolling Buckinghamshire countryside. There is so much to see and do! Exhibits range from large express passenger locomotives to the humble shunting engine together with a host of smaller items recreating the golden age of steam.

Not only do we offer train rides behind a painstakingly restored steam locomotive but we also have a fabulous Railway Museum full of engines, carriages, wagons and other railway artefacts. We also have a highly popular Miniature Railway offering sit-on rides, plus a large area dedicated to model railways. 

Our Visitor Centre is second-to-none! It is the old Oxford railway building - Rewley Road - which was taken down piece by piece and re-built here on our site in Quainton, and is now pride of our site. Our entrance gate, cafe, toilets and gift shop are all located within the stunning, glass-roofed Visitor Centre, as well as Cornwall, a fabulous loco currently on loan to us, and a Victorial Royal diner plus other fine examples of carriages which have been restored through the ages. We also hold weddings/parties/conferences for up to 150 people right in the middle of these extraordinary artefacts!


For visitors with mobility impairments

There is full wheelchair access across our site.

Our large car park is right on site next to our Visitor Centre and entrance gate and we have several disabled parking spaces right by the entrance.

The Visitor Centre has full access with only a ramp (no steps) onto the concourse.

We have two bridges going over the train track and across to the other side of our site. One of these is an old Victorian bridge with steps. The other is a more modern bridge that has a ramp one side and a lift the other.

As we use heritage carriages for our train rides, there are steps up into the carriage and the doors are not wide enough for a standard wheelchair. Therefore, wheelchair users (and the rest of their party) can go into the brake van at the back of the train - we have a ramp for this purpose. If the visitor is capable of taking a few steps onto the train, then wheelchairs can be left on the platform and the visitor can be shown to a seat closest to the door.

Our site is large - 25 acres - and we want everyone to be able to wander the site as much as they want to. If you do not generally need/have a wheelchair but feel you might like one to go around our site, then you are welcome to use our wheelchair - there is no charge, however, we recommend that you call us before your visit to pre-book it, as we cannot guarantee it will be available otherwise.

We have disabled toilets dotted around the site. They are located in the Visitor Centre, the Railway Museum, by the miniature railway and in the old Victorian Station building on Platform 1.

A registered carer can come in for free with a disabled visitor.  We also accept Max cards when a child comes in for free with a paying adult. (However, these offers do not apply at Christmas.)

At Christmas, the brake van (mentioned above as being used for wheel chair users on the train ride) is used for Father Christmas to put all his presents, therefore, unfortunately, wheelchairs cannot go on the train at Christmas. Please call for more information: 01296 655720. 

Please call 01296 655720 9.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday for any queries.

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  • Buckinghamshire Railway Centre
  • Station Road
  • Quainton
  • Aylesbury
  • Buckinghamshire
  • HP22 4BY


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