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Getting There

By train - Burnham on crouch mainline station is about a mile south of Mangapps Museum and is served by National Express East Anglia trains about once an hour.

By Car - The entrance to the museum is on the west side of the B1021 Burnham on Crouch to Southminster road and is easy to find by following the brown tourist attraction signs (see map above for location).


Mangapps Railway Museum is of special interest to me as my wife used to live nearby when there was nothing but a farm there. I heard rumours that a collection of locomotives and stock was gathering on the farm in the late 1980s but it was not until I had the opportunity to visit in 2010 that I found out the extent.

The list above gives an indication of the locomotives and stock that are now either on display or being restored at Mangapps. The rolling stock together with the vast collection of memorabilia makes the museum well worth a visit if you are in the area.

Once parked, tickets can be bought from the gift shop and refreshment rooms which are housed in two vintage carriages, one an LNER Gresley, I’m not sure about the other one. There is a grass picnic area with tables on the other side of the refreshment coaches. Mangapps station platform is accessed by a short path, here you can see the displays housed in the Station Master’s Office and Lamp Hut before proceeding to the museum buildings at the end of the platform.

Mangapps has one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of railway items in Britain, particularly the signalling display, many of the smaller items are housed in historic carriages inside the museum. Of particular interest are the large collection of signs and destination boards from stations in East Anglia, many of which I remember seeing in their original locations.

On the opposite side to the platform is a path between the sidings where some of the stock can be viewed up close. It also provides access to Mangapps Junction Signal Box which is open for public viewing.

Entry tickets include train rides and lineside walks through pleasant countryside well away from any roads, I went on a steam day when trains were operated by an ex NCB Barclay 0-4-0ST similar to one I have had the privilege to drive at Cranmore on the East Somerset Railway. The train stops at Old Heath station on the return journey where passengers can alight to walk to the far end of the line, this is also a good opportunity for photography.

I had been looking forward for many years to going back to Burnham on Crouch to visit Mangapps Railway Museum and it did not disappoint. The collection that has been built up from scratch is very impressive and has a strong bias towards the railways of East Anglia, which is particularly interesting to me as it is where I lived for most of my life.

Opening is restricted to weekends and bank holidays and it’s best to check the museum’s website for times before you go, but do make time to visit.

A Working Steam Railway Museum Built on a Green Field Site.

Nestling in the rural Essex countryside on a farm near Burnham on Crouch, the Mangapps Railway Museum is a privately owned working museum with locomotives, rolling stock, restored buildings and memorabilia gathered from all over East Anglia and in some cases, further afield.

Map | Getting There | Attractions & Facilities | Operation | Brief History | Review | Links

Contact Details





Mangapps Farm Railway Museum,
Southminster Road,

01621 784898

not given

Brief History

Other acquisitions include:



Mangapps Railway Museum is open every Saturday & Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays except November and January (25th December - 31st January).

Trains run on every museum open day, propelled in one direction and hauled in the other by steam or diesel locomotives (see link below for details). Trains depart from Mangapps station and travel ¾ mile to the end of the line then stop at Old Heath station on the return journey where passengers can alight for the lineside walk.

Tickets include museum, lineside walk & train rides, group bookings are available. (see link below for details).

The museum and line are owned and operated by the Jolly family assisted by a dedicated staff of volunteers.


The museum’s locomotive list includes:


The museum’s stock list includes:


Attractions and Facilities

Old Heath
Museum, Burnham on Crouch

Mangapps Railway Museum
at a Glance

Type: Working Railway Museum

Gauge: Standard, 4’ 8½”

Length: ¾ mile

Stations: 2

First opened: 1989


The map below shows the location of the Mangapps Railway Museum, click on the marker for the postcode. Use the zoom and pan tools to explore the map.