- Railway and Transport Attractions
Suitable for all ages
Venue type: Outdoor
Barking Park Light Railway's 7.25 inch gauge trains take you on a journey just under 1 quarter mile (about 340m), from Park Gates Station in Longbridge Road, to Lakeside Halt (the Boating Lake), with a turntable at one end, and run round loops. The line officially opened in 2009, and it growing all the time, so there are future additions to look forward to.
The railway follows the original track from the 1950s, but unlike its predecessor, it's on a raised track bed (to prevent the steel sleepers from corroding). Barking Park Light Railway stable of locomotives currently consists of a diesel hydraulic locomotive, and 2 battery electric locomotives, one of which did all the donkey work in constructing the railway, but is still more than capable of pulling a fully loaded train with 2 carriages and a driving truck, on the line all day!
The sit in astride carriages have been constructed to carry about 5 or 6 adults, but can take as many kids as you “can cram on”(safely)! The railway was also the means of transport for the Olympic Torch and torch bearer during the Olympics, which may be the first occasion that the Torch has been carried on a miniature railway!
There are two car parks on site, which are a 5 minute walk from Barking Station, so why not arrive by train to warm yourself sup for the main fare!
- Restaurant Onsite
- Snacks Available
Getting There and Contact Information
Barking Park, Longbridge Road, Barking, Greater London, IG11 8TA, England
Standard Opening Times and Pricing
Open weekends and Bank Holidays between April and September: 12pm to 6pm on open days.