steam railway

We are very pleased to announce that the steam railway is now open, following new government guidelines.

New safety measures are in place to ensure that the steam railway operates as safely as it can. These include:

If you would like to ride the steam railway on your next visit, please book your tickets at the Visitor Entrance upon arrival. You must either hold a Friends of Exbury Membership or have paid for gardens admission to ride the steam railway.

Experience the sights and sounds of a working narrow-gauge steam railway at Exbury! Witness the turntable in action and marvel at the attention to detail on our repica train station before boarding the train.

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Train timetable

Trains should run at the following times:

  • 11am
  • 11.45am
  • 12.30pm
  • 1.30pm
  • 2.15pm
  • 3pm
  • 3.45pm
Train times are subject to change.

Key facts

Built in 2001 Inspiration of enthusiast Leopold de Rothschild
1 1/2 miles of track Seats up to 90
Platform inspired by Aviemore Station in Scotland 12 1/4" gauge

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Route

Departing from Exbury Central Station, the train meanders through the Summer Lane Garden (not accessible by foot) 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.

Route may change depending on weather or special events.

Engine shed

After their journey, passengers are encourages to explore the engine shed where graphics, videos and memorabilia line the walls, recalling steam's heyday and the construction of Exbury's railway.

Accessibility 

Our steam railway has two carriages adapted to accomodate wheelchair users and their families. These are larger than normal carriages and have a ramp to assist in getting on and off the train.

Dependent on availability, working on a first come first served basis.

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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 £5.50 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.

While Exbury Gardens Ltd have taken all reasonable care to follow government COVID-19 safety guidelines, visitors enter at their own risk. Click here for a comprehensive list of the safety measures we've implemented.

 

‘What could be better on a trip down to the New Forest than a walk in a beautiful garden, a ride on a steam train (which my grandson adored!) and a chance to see the Beaulieu river close up? A memorable day out and a gem of a place’

Rob Gregory, Oxford

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