What better way to explore the beautiful gardens and woodlands of Bressingham than by climbing aboard a magnificent steam engine! With over four miles of narrow-gauge steam lines and four journeys to choose from, it's the perfect way to relax and enjoy the scenery!
Please check the timetable for our operating programme to see what is running today.
The Nursery Railway
The 2 ½ mile (4km) long track of the Nursery Railway (2ft gauge) leaves from the museum building and passes the locomotive sheds and the lake before crossing over the Waveney Valley Line, where passengers get their first sight of the 15-inch (0.38m) gauge engines waiting to begin their journey from Lakeside station.
Turning eastwards, flanked by woods and dykes, the line travels through an area of birch and oak trees, before once again crossing over the 15-inch-gauge line. When both railways are operating, passengers will often see the larger-gauge locomotive giving way to the Nursery Line. There are views of Roydon Church and the wilder expanse of Wortham Ling to the south. On the return leg, visitors get an excellent view of the intensive side of the nurseries. The locomotives running on this line include George Sholto and Gwynedd.
2015 - The commercial nurseries whose land you can see from our Nursery and Waveney Lines trackbeds ceased trading in 2011. The views from our train ride are no longer of growing Nursery plants. The lands owners are turning some of the land back to 'managed' nature, which in time will give better views than at the moment. Meanwhile we await new neighbours. We apologise that the view is currently beyond our control. We have made vast improvements to the views in 2014/5.
The Garden Railway
The Garden Railway operates from the Dell Garden and the coach park. Its track, which runs alongside the perimeter of the Gardens, has been lengthened to 1,350 yards (1,234m) and now has a gauge of 10 ¼ inches (0.26m). Designed and built by Bressingham's own engineering team, the line's new locomotive was named Alan Bloom and pulls up to sixty people in three carriages. With modifications to suit the Garden Railway, the locomotive was modelled on the Hunslet Engine Company's Quarry design.
The Waveney Valley Railway
Trains on the Waveney Valley Railway (15" gauge) leave the Lakeside station travelling east, stopping to allow trains on the Nursery Line to pass before turning south over the Bressingham Drain and running out over low-lying water meadows.Turning west along the infant River Waveney and the Norfolk-Suffolk county boundary, the line runs through banks of mature rhododendrons to turn north and recrosses Bressingham Drain. Here the Waveney Valley Line runs alongside the standard-gauge track. The locomotive running on this line currently is St Christopher.
The Standard Gauge Railway
The standard-gauge demonstration line operates on Special Occasions. We are able to offer footplate rides to over 13's when in operation. Visiting standard gauge locomotives operate on this line. For some of its length the line runs parallel with the Waveney Valley Railway.