Experience the sights and sounds of a working narrow-gauge steam railway by stepping aboard The Rhododendron Line.


Our beautiful narrow gauge engines depart from replica Victorian station Exbury Central and travel through a tunnel, over a bridge, around the new Dragonfly Pond and through the Summer Lane Garden.

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Visitors must have a valid gardens admission ticket, or membership, and a train ticket to ride the steam railway, all of which can be booked online by clicking the button above.

Tickets for the steam railway can also be booked on the day of your visit from the Visitor Entrance, except the Halloween Ghost Train, or Christmas Festive Express.  Please book your tickets in advance for these events, as we cannot guarantee availability on the day.

About Exbury Steam Railway
About Exbury Steam Railway
Train Timetable
Train Timetable
Footplate Experiences
Footplate Experiences
Steam railway timetable may change depending on demand, special events, gardening projects or weather.

Steam railway route

Departing from Exbury Central Station, the train meanders through the Summer Lane Garden (only accessible by train) before skirting past the Rock Garden, travelling through the tunnel and then stopping off at Exbury North to refuel. The return journey includes a circle of Dragonfly Pond, where passengers can watch out for wildlife, before heading back to Exbury Central.

Map 2024 version
Route may change depending on weather or special events.
Our steam railway now stops at Dragonfly Halt and Exbury North stations, allowing passengers to alight and visit the northernmost section of the gardens (including the new Dragonfly Pond). Passengers can ride a later train back to Exbury Central station but please note that we cannot guarantee that there will be spaces available.


Additional information:

Admission onto the steam train is only permitted by visitors who have purchased admission to the gardens and paid for a railway ticket, costing £6.50 per person.

In exceptional circumstances, such as hot or dry weather, Exbury Gardens may use a diesel engine instead of a steam locomotive to reduce any risk of fire.