About Nene Valley Railway

The Nene Valley Railway is a preserved railway near Peterborough, in Cambridgeshire, England. It runs for 7.5 miles from a site close to the East Coast Main Line and Peterborough city centre, along the Nene valley, through a landscape of water meadows, country park, and arable farmland.

We are unique amongst heritage railways in the UK, in that we are able to run locomotives and carriages imported from the European Continent – our collection includes stock from Sweden, Germany, Denmark, Belgium and France, amongst others. As a result, our line is a firm favourite with film-makers and you may have seen the Nene Valley Railway featured in the James Bond films ‘Octopussy’ and ‘Goldeneye’, as well as many other productions both large and small.

The Nene Valley Railway also has an extensive collection of British locomotives and stock, and is home to the original “Thomas the Tank Engine” – named by the author himself, the Rev. W. Awdry, in 1971.

The main operating base is at Wansford station, just off the A1. In reality the station is located at Stibbington and has no connection with Wansford village, which is on the other side of the A1. Free all-day parking is available at Wansford station, the Sat-Nav postcode is PE8 6LR. Other stations are located at Peterborough (Nene Valley), Orton Mere, Ferry Meadows, and Yarwell Junction.