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Railworld, Peterborough

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Railworld is a Transport & Environment Centre in Peterborough. It is located beside the Peterborough Nene Valley railway station, but it is a separate organisation. Railworld has model railway, nature haven and other exhibits.OverviewFounded in 1985 as Museum of World Railways, it changed its name in 1992. The centre is open between Easter weekend and the first weekend in November.ExhibitsAlco switcherRailworld has an American Alco S1 switcher diesel locomotive number 804. It is one of the five locomotives built by the American Locomotive Company for the Steel Company of Wales works at Margam.Danish PacificThere is also a Danish Pacific Vauclain compound, DSB No. 996 built by Frichs in the 1950s.Railworld has two vehicles that are unique: Tracked Hovercraft's RTV 31. The Birmingham Maglev vehicle (the only one that people can see and enter).Transeco CentreOver the next few years a new exhibition centre is being built called the Transeco Centre. This will promote sustainable transport as well as looking after the heritage vehicles.
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  • I saw an interesting 'Hovertrain' as I travelled into Peterborough to renew a passport. during my wait I walked to this wonderful site and discovered that this was the linear induction motor developed...  more »
  • A nice place to visit for a couple of hours. They have a lot of displays and a nature area. A family ticket is £10 worth a visit  more »
  • Visited with our 6 year old grandson and couldn't get him out of the model railway! Considering that it is run completely by volunteers it was brilliant. We have been to the National Railway Museum bu...  more »
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  • The best section was the free part. Considering it was run by volunteers, it wasnt so bad, but not worth paying for
  • This place is Brilliant if you consider everything was made by volunteers! When visiting, one needs to bear in mind that the objective of the Wildlife Haven is to recreate a natural habitat for native species, and not to look like a garden. It does look beautiful because it is very natural and perfect for the wildlife. I saw some unique items from the railways history. The little models are so nice and kids just love to interact and play with them. I was very impressed by the Huge Pacific Steam Locomotive parked there under restoration. It was quite fun to be able to see all its details... It's good fun for all the family!
  • Love the nature reserve on the north side of the river.
  • Great day out.
  • Lovely place to visit if your interested in Railways and Model railways. Very friendly staff, Some interesting models and old photos of the site when it was a railway yard. A small bit of Peterborough History with the railways. Also trains can be caught on NVR to Wansford and Back again.