Join in with celebrations as the Exbury Gardens Railway marks its 10th anniversary with visiting locomotives, triple-heading, models and miniatures in the Engine Shed and lots of entertainment.
It is planned to re-create the Railway’s first “steaming”, when Exbury’s inaugural engine Rosemary pulled the carriages, but engines Naomi and Mariloo will also be in steam. Visiting engines including Lorna Doone from Exmoor are also expected to attend. There will be the rare opportunity for visitors to enter the Summer Lane Garden on escorted photographic trips, to view the triple-heading runs that will take place at intervals over the weekend. Free Rover upgrades will be available all-weekend, with rides subject to capacity.
Layouts in the Engine Shed will include a number from members of the New Forest Model Railway Society, and a special Thomas layout from the Hampton Court Model Railway Society.
About Exbury Garden Railway
The railway follows a one and a quarter mile circular route on a 12 ¼” gauge and is a wonderful and evocative way to see the gardens. The sights and sounds of the liveried blue engines are a draw for visitors of all ages. After leaving Exbury Central Station, the train enters the Summer Lane Garden with a bridge, tunnel, causeway and series of individual themed gardens based on character and texture. The collection of plants reflect the seasons and can only be seen from the train. Children will enjoy spotting a number of woodland moss animals, including deer, rabbits, a squirrel, fox and frog, together with contemporary metal sculptures. Passing out of the Summer Lane Garden, the train travels on through a wooded area, revealing glimpses of the Rock Garden. A steep gradient leads to a curving timber viaduct, with fine views over the Wildlife Ponds.
The train then passes a Plant Nursery and a Pumpkin / Exotic Fruit Patch and on to a second lake, home to “Hump-phrey, The Lake Moss Monster.” Close by is a Sunflower Field, at its peak in summer, before the train loops around the oldest tree in the Gardens, the Domesday Yew.
Exbury North Halt in the American Garden, so called because it contains rhododendron hybrids from the USA, enables visitors to hop off the train and explore this area before returning to Exbury Central on foot or by train.
The railway track has a journey time of approximately twenty minutes. Rover tickets are available most days except during May and during the running of certain special events. The trains run according to colour timetables, indicated on our Garden Map and Railway Timetable (see link) which is given to visitors on arrival.
Except for March and September weekdays (12 noon) the first train departs Exbury Central at 11am, with the last train generally at 4pm (3pm March and September weekdays). During the summer holidays a 4.30pm train will run.
Please see our details on webpage www.exbury.co.uk