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The Bredgar & Wormshill Light Railway, a delightful 2 foot gauge line tucked away in the heart of the Kent countryside, England, near the village of Bredgar in a richly wooded area of the North Kent Downs.


             Public Open Days

Why not spend a day with us enjoying the pleasures of this delightful railway. Spend some time browsing around the engine shed where there are locomotives of various gauges and scales. See a water pumping beam engine at work and visit the souvenir shop.

Visit the Railway Tea Shop listening to the Dutch street organ playing outside or bring a picnic and sit by the railside and enjoy the regular trains puffing by. And, most importantly, enjoy a trip on the train, have as many rides as you like, numbers permitting. There are usually two engines in steam.

             more that just a train ride….

On view in the engine shed there is a whole range of steam locomotives of varying gauges, freight and carriage stock, and other railway artifacts.
A corner of the engine shed has been built to represent a pumping station with a working Victorian Steam Driven Beam Engine.Not all steam powered vehicles require rails, The Bredgar & Wormshill Light Railway has a collection of steam traction engines, agricultural and a showmans.For our younger visitors there is the Railway Shop and a LGB model railway.

There are walks in the woods and picnic areas, and plenty of places to just sit and watch the trains go by.

A Tea Room where home made cakes can be enjoyed while being entertained by the music of a Dutch Street Organ.

             Steam Driving Experience Course

Our Steam Driving Courses are designed to give you as much ‘hands on’ experience as possible. The Course starts at 10.00am with a talk in which the basic engineering principles of a steam locomotive are explained, together with the important safety requirements. The locomotives are cleaned and the fires lit prior to 10.00am and they are ready for use by about 10.45am when the classroom session ends. Participants are shown over the locomotive they will use and its preparation and operation are explained in detail.
With steam raised and the operation of the controls understood, each engine is driven over the length of the track by participants in turn. After lunch, coaches are coupled up and the whole afternoon is devoted to driving, often with passengers on board the train for we welcome family members after 2.00pm. The day ends at about 4.15pm.
Although those attending will not get very dirty, working clothes or overalls and a pair of gardening-type gloves are essential.
In order that each person attending the course gets as much time as possible on the footplate, we limit the size of groups to six persons, i.e. three per engine.These courses are run during the Spring and Autumn each year.Courses may be arranged on alternative days but there is a minimum booking requirement of six people per day.

Courses are only open to people aged 18 years or over.

Course cost includes all tuition, tea, coffee and lunch.

For further details contact us by phone on 01622 884254

             Educational Visits

The BWLR is not a dusty museum of old relics, but a vibrant collection of restored railway and agricultural equipment. Over the years the railway has become a popular location for educational visits by schools and youth groups. There is no charge for educational groups and the format of the day can be tailored to suit the needs of each party depending upon age and level of educational interest. As well as instilling an interest in rail transport, a visit to Bredgar also helps broaden knowledge of industry and social history among young visitors.

If you would like further information contact us on 01622 884254

             Group Visits

The Railway is a popular venue for a wide range of organisations from Rotary Clubs to railway enthusiast group photographic days. It is also used as a film location, for advertising photoshots, wedding parties and corporate enteraining.

Contact the railway to discuss your requirements 01622 884254

             Private Hire

The Railway is available for hire by Party Organizers, Enthusiast Groups, Film & Television Companies, Advertising Agencies, Corporate Entertainment and Coach Tour Operators.

The Railway has appeared on Meridian television and has been used as a backdrop for advertisements.

For further details contact us by phone on 01622 884254

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