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Statfold Barn Railway, Tamworth

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The Statfold Barn Railway is a narrow gauge railway based near Tamworth, Staffordshire and partially in Warwickshire, England. Founded by engineering entrepreneur Graham Lee and his wife Carol at their farm-based home, they originally designed what is still termed the garden railway, in which Graham could run his trains and Carol could design an extensive English country garden around a lake.

Graham Lee chaired the family-owned LH Group, with its main focus on railway engineering services. After LH Group acquired what remained of the Hunslet Engine Company in 2005, Graham pursued the opportunity to acquire the last steam locomotive built by Hunslet. Commissioned in 1971, it had been ordered by Leeds-based Robert Hudson & Co Ltd, who supplied and installed a complete railway system for the Trangkil sugar mill estate in Indonesia. As he pursued the Hunslet, Graham noticed a number of other interesting but defunct steam locomotives of European origin in Indonesia, and set about recovering these as well.

After Wabtec acquired LH Group in 2012, Graham retained the rights to produce steam locomotives under the Hunslet name. He had produced the first new steam powered Hunslet in 2006, and also restored several locomotives in the collection. In 2017, Graham and Carol Lee gave the collection of over 100 locomotives and associated vehicles, equipment and ephemera to the newly formed Statfold Narrow Gauge Museum Trust, to ensure the collection was retained and maintained at its current site.

Today the railway has an extensive workshop where locomotives are built and restored. The railway is not open to the public, but a number of "Enthusiasts' Days" are held each year and interested enthusiasts may apply for an invitation to one of these events.
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  • Wonderful experience. We visited Statfold Railway for the Santa Express. Our grandsons loved every second of the visit and we were amazed by the collection of steam trains. The Golden ticket allowed....  more
    Wonderful experience. We visited Statfold Railway for the Santa Express. Our grandsons loved every second of the visit and we were amazed by the collection of steam trains. The Golden ticket allowed....  more »
  • Review of Santa's Express- Honestly pretty staggered at the 5* reviews given this is an extremely expensive and pretty flat way to spend an enormous amount of money for two hours. Website advertised.....  more
    Review of Santa's Express- Honestly pretty staggered at the 5* reviews given this is an extremely expensive and pretty flat way to spend an enormous amount of money for two hours. Website advertised.....  more »
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  • What a total surprise this place was and a pleasant one at that. Have lived within 10 minutes of it and had no idea what was hiding here. 3 miles of narrow gauge steam railway, tram railway, museum, and venue for events advertised on a regular basis now. Attended the rail and ale event on Sunday 8 Sep and had a great afternoon riding on the railway, looking around the museum and tasting beers from a choice of around 40 ales. Will definitely be visiting again now I've seen what's here.
  • Lovely train and tram rides at reasonable cost. Great place to take the kids but opening times limited. In beautiful situation in open countryside. Cafe, toilets, and museum. Also bouncy castle and kids ride under cover.

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