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Mangapps Railway Museum

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  • Mangapp Manor, Southminster Rd, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex CM0 8QG, UK
  • 01621 784898

Mangapps Railway Museum is a privately owned working railway and museum established on a farm at Burnham on Crouch, Essex.  It features a ¾ mile standard gauge passenger carrying line, with restored stations, signal boxes and ancillary equipment removed from various sites throughout East Anglia and beyond.

To operate the line the Railway has 18 steam and diesel locomotives and over 80 carriages and wagons, some of considerable historic and technical interest.

To complement the working Railway, the Museum has a collection of smaller railway relics which is one of the largest of its kind in Britain.

The Museum has one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of railway items in Britain. Where possible items from the collection are displayed in the appropriate setting, for example in the restored station masters office at Mangapps station and the Lamp Hut. However, the vast majority of the collection may be seen in the Museum building.

The collection incudes items of all kinds having a connection with the railways of the past, but is particularly strong in certain areas – the railway signalling collection is the largest of its kind on public display in Britain and includes a working lever frame connected to a number of preserved historic signals (which visitors can try themselves!)  Adjacent to this is a carriage housing a wide variety of block telegraph, single line and associated equipment, much of which dates from the 19th century.

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

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