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Great Cockcrow Railway, Chertsey

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The Great Cockcrow Railway is a gauge miniature railway located near Chertsey, Surrey, UK.It is open on Sunday afternoons from May to October inclusive, plus Wednesday afternoons during August.HistoryThis gauge railway originated in 1946 when John Samuel started construction in the garden of his house, 'Greywood', on the Burwood Park estate at Walton-on-Thames. With the help of a group of volunteers the Greywood Central Railway developed into one of the foremost of its type in the country until by 1962 a run of 3/4 mile was possible. From the first the line was properly signalled and ultimately worked to a timetable. Samuel's death in October 1962 threw the railway's future into doubt but the publisher, Ian Allan, purchased the line and, with the assistance of most of the GCR volunteers, a few of whom are still involved, moved it to its present site at Hardwick Lane, Chertsey. It reopened to the public on 14 September 1968 under the new name Great Cockcrow Railway, taken from Cockcrow Hill which rises on its south side. Since that time the railway has been developed and enlarged, some two miles of track now being in the layout. Two different routes are offered to visitors, each of about 1.25 miles, a journey time of around twenty minutes.'Red Route' trains terminate at the country station, Cockcrow Hill, while 'Green Route' trains pass through that station to traverse a 350m-long loop beyond it. Return routes vary also. A named train, 'The Gladesman', runs each afternoon at 4.30. This consists of six or seven coaches double-headed and takes an extended route over the system. The most recent innovation is a proper station building, completed in 2014 after several planning, financial and constructional delays. As expected it houses a Tea Room and toilets, including disabled facilities, as well as the booking office and staff accommodation. The railway is open to the public on Sundays from the beginning of May to the end of October between 1.30pm and 5.00 pm, (booking office closes 4.45pm.) as well as Wednesdays in August. A Gala Day with visiting engines is held in September, and on the last Saturday in October Hallowe'en is celebrated with night-time operation.
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  • Mr V and I went here when they held a charity fundraiser, so our expectations were quite low. However, we ended up having a really good time. The miniature railway is fun to ride and I loved the atten...  more »
  • Miniature steam train rides trough the woods. A fun few hours out with the kids. Not too crowded but busy on SUNY days!  more »
  • This railway has had a long association with Ian Allen and his publishing business. The 7.25 inch track is extensive. The whole network is properly signalled and the track winds its way through farmla...  more »
  • Great little place to take the kids and just see very old steam trains and some of the older diesel ones in miniature form. The attention to detail of the trains, track, signals is mind boggling and having the 2 journeys to be able to ride on is great fun. Even though it's only open on a Sunday and some Wednesday's it's a good few hours to do something different than the normal. One suggestion is to get a better coffee machine as its just filter/instant. Good quick food selection
  • A really lovely and surprisingly extensive miniature railway. Refurbished in the last couple of years so now has really nice toilets along with a cafe.
  • A wonderful family attraction to spend an afternoon at. The train ride takes approximately 20 minutes and there are 2 different routes that you can ride on from the main station. The only downside is that it gets very busy and as such there can be quite a queue, however you are able to watch the trains arriving and departing the station whilst queuing. To conclude, this is a fantastic family attraction and amazing value for money.
  • Went with family for first time since childhood. Had a lovely time, the trains are lovely and the volunteers are very kind. The Gladesman route is a great long ride, can't wait to go again.
  • We visited last weekend, on the first open day of the year. As the weather was fine it was relatively busy, but there were enough trains running that the wait wasn't longer than about 10-15 minutes. My 2 year old loved it - he was a little anxious at first, but once we got underway he was thrilled, and the trip was just about the right length. I thought the price was very reasonable - tickets aren't dated, so you can buy them in pairs and use unused ones on another day, though each trip is short enough that doing routes in one trip is probably the way to go. I should add that there were some issues on our second trip that extended it out to about 45 minutes. We weren't in a rush and if anything it was fun to see the guys scurrying to deal with mechanical challenges. Overall a gem of a local attraction that we'll certainly come back to, if my toddler has anything to say about it.
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