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Train Activities Near Birmingham

by BecSorby (follow)
Where to find some of Birmingham and the West Midlands’ best train based activities.

Trains have provided a source of fascination for generations of children (and adults, for that matter.) Perhaps it is the sheer grandiose of the old steam trains, the history surrounding the railway, or perhaps it is the influence of the timeless children’s character, Thomas the Tank Engine, who has been entertaining kids for decades. Whatever the reason, trains remain a favourite activity for kids and adults alike, and here is where you can find train activities in and around Birmingham.

Land Train at Cannon Hill Park
Enter via the MAC Carpark, Edgbaston Road or Russell Road Birmingham B13 8RD
0121 303 1111

Cannon Hill Park is home to a superb Land Train that will take you all over the park.
It stops at all the biggest attractions in the park including the Fun Park, Golden Putter Mini Golf, MAC, Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park and the boating lake.
You can use the Cannon Hill Fun Pass to purchase a return ticket for the Land Train.

Image: Cannon Hill Park website

Echills Wood Railway
Bodymoor Heath, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B76 0DY
01827 872660

Provides miniature train rides around Kingsbury Water Park.
Hop aboard a diesel or electric locomotive or tram on the two kilometre track.
Regular passenger services run each Sunday from February or March to December, subject to weather conditions and volunteer availability.
During winter, the train runs between 11am and 3pm and between 11am and 4pm in summer.
A return ticket from either of the two stations is £2 for all passengers age 2 years and above. Children under 2 years travel free. A single ticket from one station to another is £1.

The Chasewater Railway
Chasewater Country Park, Brownhills West Station, Pool Lane, Burntwood, Staffordshire, WS8 7NL
01543 452 623

Operates heritage steam and diesel trains on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays during March to November.
Also operates most Saturdays from Easter to October and certain weekdays throughout the summer.
Chasewater Railway is run by a group of tireless volunteers who restore, maintain and develop the railway and its associated infrastructure to help tell the story and heritage of the local area.

Transport Museum, Wythall
The Transport Museum, Chapel Lane, Wythall, Worchestershire, B47 6JA
01564 826471

A transport museum dedicated to all things bus and train!
The miniature train runs during the school holidays and during main event days.
You can read more about the Transport Museum here.

Baggeridge Country Park and Miniature Railway
Baggeridge Country Park, Gospel End, Sedgley, South Staffordshire, DY3 4HB
01902 882 605
Located within the stunning Baggeridge Country Park.
See the running dates for 2018 here.
Running times are between 1pm and 5pm (weather permitting.)

Avonvale MES Miniature Railway
Hillers Farm Shop, at Dunnington Heath Farm, Dunnington, Alcester, B49 5PD

Has a miniature railway that is open to the public between 11am and 4pm on certain dates (usually two weekends per month) between March and October, weather permitting.
Lots of parking, plus a picnic area and children’s playground on site.

Image: Avondale Model Engineering Society

So jump aboard and learn more about the history of trains or take a ride on a miniature train! If you’re looking for more family friendly activities in Birmingham, read on here.

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