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A picturesque train ride through the Bessborough Arboretum

We are open Easter Saturday, Sunday and Monday in conjunction with the Tearoom Easter activities.

Enjoy a picturesque ride on the Stansted Park 7 1/4 guage miniature railway which winds its way through the Bessborough Arboretum. A fun ride for all ages. Weather permitting, the railway is open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday between 11 am - 4pm.

Call to check timetable: 02392 413324

The Railway is open to the public on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00am and the last train runs at approximately 3:45pm.  We are also open on most Bank and Public Holidays and some additional days during school holidays.  Exceptionally, due to bad weather, staff shortages or unplanned maintenance work, the Railway may have to close without warning. Therefore, to avoid disappointment, please call the number below above 10:00am on the day you intend to visit in order to check if the Railway is open.

Ticket Prices

Children aged 2-13 - £1.50

Adults - £2

Senior Citizens (60+) - £1.50

Children under 16yrs must be accompanied by an adult.

Please note that card payments are not accepted at the train ticket booth. Cash only.


The volunteers who run Stansted Park Light Railway are always looking for folk with practical skills to help keep the rolling stock rolling.

If you have time to spare and fancy volunteering, please contact stationmaster@splr.info

History of the Railway

Geoff Jago grew tired of running his quarter scale Denver & Rio Grande 2-8-0 steam locomotion around a small circle track at the Fareham & District Society of Model Engineers club and so decided to create his own miniature railway.  After 2 years searching for a suitable site, he eventually obtained the lease on an area in the grounds of Stansted Park. With the help of three volunteers he spent the next 2 1/2 years building the Railway from scratch.

Since its opening in 2005, volunteers have made major improvements to the Railway which include: doubling the track between the Station and Laurel Junction; increasing the length of Loggers Loop and adding a 12 foot span girder bridge: building a 6 road engine shed and workshop plus turntable; building a 3 road carriage shed; and improvements to the Station layout and facilities.

Over the years the locomotive fleet has increased to 4 steam and 3 petrol hydraulic locomotives, plus a third scale traction engine.

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