Monday, 20 March 2017

Class 47 departure

Class 47 47771 owned by the Class 47 Restoration Project left the Colne Valley Railway today for Hampshire.

Quite an impressive site with a total weight of around 200 tonnes.

It took the scenic route through Halstead, I imagine a lot of motorists were surprised seeing this .

Friday, 3 March 2017


The toilet block on Platform 1 has been demolished to make way for the new Brewster Interpretation building.  Looking from the bridge today it can clearly be seen where the sidings have been removed and the remains of the flattened toilets.


With all the work planned some major shunting has had to take place.   The Newmans siding area has had to be cleared.  This meant re-siting the Travelling Post Office over near the entrance to keep it accessible,  and putting the goods van, Rusty, a works carriage and the old Gresley carriage in other sidings.  
Once the tracks were clear a gang of volunteers dismantled the track and stored it.
Lots more work will be done in this area over the coming months.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Gresley Under cover!

A crew spent two days on site this week filming a documentary 
(unfortunately can't say what)
Interesting seeing the carriages go under cover, and the attention to detail was superb.

WD190 in the evening - this was a static shoot, staged mainly for the steam and very effective it was too.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016


Following fears that the Colne Valley Railway would have to leave its site at Castle Hedingham, we can announce that we have been successful in purchasing the current site with the help of a Heritage Lottery Fund grant and our future is now secure.  This also enables us to construct better facilities such as a new entrance & reception buildings, interpretation centre and workshops

We are preparing for our first Santa Specials this weekend and will be releasing further information about these enhancements in the new year 

Wednesday, 2 November 2016


 Essex Fire Service held a training exercise one evening.  A fire was staged in the sleeping car, complete with bodies and there were live victims in another train. Appliances attended from Sible Hedingham, Wethersfield, Halstead and Thaxted

Sunday, 21 August 2016

The Ghost Train

Some of the Thurrock Courts Players paid a visit today for a photo-shoot to promote their production of The Ghost Train by Arnold Ridley