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East Anglian Railway Museum, Chappel

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Must see · Specialty Museum · Historic Site
The East Anglian Railway Museum is located at Chappel and Wakes Colne railway station in Essex, England, which is situated on the former Great Eastern Railway branch line from Marks Tey to Sudbury. Services on the Sudbury Branch Line are operated by Abellio Greater Anglia.

The museum has a wide collection of locomotives and rolling stock, some of which are fully restored, three are converted into Thomas, Percy and Toby replicas while others are undergoing repair and restoration. The Restoration Shed was built in 1983–4, before which most work had to take place in the Goods Shed or in the open. On event days, steam or diesel train rides are operated over a short demonstration track.

The museum also plays host to two popular annual events: the Winter Beer Festival held in late February / early March (Timing depends on UK School Holidays), and the Summer Beer Festival held each September. During the festivals, additional late-evening trains on the Sudbury Branch Line allow festival-goers to return home by train subject to provision by the train operation companies. There are no moving exhibits during the festivals, although train carriages are usually open to sit in and drink, with one wagon doubling up as The Shunters Arms at the summer festival.

In addition many other event days happen during the year, such as Classic Car rallies, Forties and Fifties day events, SteamPunk fairs, Model Railway events, Plays and musical performances and the ever popular "Days out with Thomas" events featuring Thomas The Tank Engine.
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  • We'd popped in for a quick look on our way home from Suffolk and ended up staying for 3 hours. Lots to see and do, not forgetting a very nice cafe on Platform Two We wish now that we'd realised...  more »
  • I had a great time with my family at the East Anglian Railway Museum. Today was one of their summer steam days where the steam train was running. All of us had a fun time looking at how the old...  more »
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  • Took the kids here last week, very educational for adults, surprised how much was there, I thought it was just an old train ride, it's far bigger than expected. The play park is great for young kids too. Worth a visit if you're looking for somewhere different to take the kids.
  • Such a great place to visit!!!! I had the opportunity to visit it through a beer festival. It was the best! Such a huge variety of beers in the railway station, live band and the option of sitting down, chilling and enjoying your beer in all these vintage carriages. Beautiful and totally recommend it trying it through the Chappel beer & cider festival 😊

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