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Welcome to the Fawley Museum website.

Fawley Museum is a private museum established in the 1960s by the late Sir William McAlpine at his estate near Henley on Thames. It hosts a fine collection of memorabilia and models relating to railways and other forms of transport together with a working standard gauge railway operating on the steepest gradient in the country. 

Since its inception, the railway and museum have grown steadily with artefacts and buildings arriving from locations all around the the country. Many buildings have been rescued and reassembled at Fawley Hill to save them from demolition, creating a unique urban landscape in a country estate. More detail of this can be found at our History of the Railway page


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The museum includes a wide range of interesting and unusual transport artefacts which will appeal to visitors of all ages. The park contains a variety of animals including rheas, peacocks, wallabies and many species of deer. 

The museum and railway are open on a limited number of days during the year and admission is only by prior application and invitation. Capacity is limited and tickets are not available on the day.  For more information, please visit our Events page. 

Fawley Museum is run and staffed entirely by a group of friendly volunteers who undertake almost all of the necessary maintenance tasks associated with a working railway. If you would like to join our team and contribute to the day-to-day operation of the museum in a highly sociable environment, further information can be found on our Volunteering page.  We have a need for a variety of skills so you don't have to be an expert on railways. 

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Credit: Lucy Leo

MAY UPDATE: 18th May

The National Transport Trust Vintage Festival is taking place at Fawley Hill from Friday 17th May to Sunday 19th May. Details of this charity event can be found on the Events page. During the weekend, we have four locomotives in operation; three steam engines and our Class 03 diesel. We are pleased to welcome Hunslet 0-6-0T locomotive No. 2409 'King George' which is making a brief visit from its home at Didcot.


We are delighted that David Buck has kindly agreed to lend us his Aveling and Porter Works 0-4-0WT compound locomotive 'Sir Vincent' and this magnificent diminutive machine was puffing happily back and forth in the yard during our recent Invitation Day. Images of this iconic locomotive and King George can be seen on Our Locomotives page. 

These locomotives have now been joined by Jack Dibnah's lovely little Kerr, Stuart 0-4-0ST locomotive, 'Witch', which normally resides at the Foxfield Railway in Staffordshire. Thank you, Jack.

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Our enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers look forward to welcoming you to Fawley Museum soon. 

Details about the Fawley Hill Estate can be found at

We hope that you enjoy browsing the pages of the web-site. If you have any comments or questions, please get in touch  using the contact form at the bottom of each web-page.

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