Chappel 175 Celebration

Celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Marks Tey to Sudbury line and Chappel & Wakes Colne Station.

This Event will take place on:


Sun 30 Jun 2024

We hold regular event days throughout the year, see What’s On for details.

A special Day of celebration for the anniversary of the Marks Tey to Sudbury line.

2024 marks 175 years since the Colchester, Stour Valley, Sudbury and Halstead Railway opened the railway line, and Chappel and Wakes Colne Station, where we are based.

We willl have a steam-hauled and our Diesel Rail Bus in operation giving unlimited rides on our demonstration line.- and the Museum 10 acre site will be open, additionally on the Sunday our miniature railway will be in operation and the Halstead and Halstead model railway club rooms will be open too.

Sunday 30th June bookings so far

Unlimited Steam and Diesel train rides from 11:00am to 16:00
Vintage Steam organ
Shire Horses
Chappel Village Fete
Traction Engine on site
Mini Railway
Model Railway club rooms open
Ice Cream Van on site
Viaduct Pub open

Władysław Mirecki - Chappel Viaduct Art Display

Throughout the summer, including during this event we will be holding a special display within the Goods Shed to display 65 watercolour paintings by local artist Wladyslaw Mirecki, there’s no extra charge to see this display – for more details, please visit the Chappel Viaduct Art Display page.

Check out our working Restoration Shed, See how the volunteers are getting on with the restoration of Lamport, the magnificent Victorian Goods Shed, period Waiting Rooms & Signal Box as well as the Thompson Centre & Train themed Children’s Playground, our site of over 10 acres is ideal if you would like to bring your own picnic.

Find out more about what can be seen on the Standard Museum Admission page. Please note that for the duration of 2024, our Heritage Centre is now closed for redevelopment.

Chappel 175 Celebration

There are a number of other events taking place locally on 29th and 30th June, including guided walkes, Music Train with Greater Anglia, and railway talks in Chappel & Wakes Colne and Sudbury. Please see for full details.

Event Timetable

Our trains run all day long with no fixed timetable from 10:30 to 15.00, and you can have as many rides as you like, whenever you like.

On Site Catering

Feeling Hungry? 

You can visit  Platform Two Cafe, which is run by our external suppliers, Stour Valley Catering – they’re open from 10am – 4pm (please note that food is not served by Platform Two Cafe after 2pm during the winter months) and serve tasty breakfast, lunch & snack options, as well as coffee, tea & a range of cold beverages.


Special Event Day Admission Prices for 2024.

If you book in advance you can save 5%.
Adults: £13.50
Children: (4-15) £9.50
Under 4s: Free 

The Museum is a registered Charity run by Volunteers, Gift Aid is a simple way for UK Tax Payers to allow the Museum to claim an additional 25% of the ticket price from HMRC.

Please note, prebooking closes at midnight before the event, tickets are then available on the door at the prices shown above.