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Great Cockcrow Railway, Chertsey

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The Great Cockcrow Railway is a gauge miniature railway located at Lyne, 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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  • We went on a lovely sunny day. I think is was the first Wednesday after Bank Holiday in August. Lovely grassy areas for a relaxed picnic a bit of a shame that there was no play equipment. My grandson ...  read more »
  • Cheap and enjoyed the set up. People were all very friendly, tickets were easily bought at the railway, and it was a good circuit around the area. Glad I went! 
  • I have wanted to ride on the GCR for decades but have lived a long way away and it is rarely open at convenient times. (Sundays don't suit everybody.) So a Wednesday in August was my best chance. Whil...  read more »
  • Great day out on the steam trains even had a go in the signal box.not sure had more fun me or my grandson
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