Rushmere Railway is a 5″ gauge garden railway located towards the Eastern outskirts of Ipswich.

Built in Spring 2006, it subtly blends into the garden scene as it negotiates its way between lawn and flower bed.

Motive power is provided through a fleet of two engines. ‘Jennifer’ is a coal fired 0-4-0 steam locomotive, and is used whenever time permits the additional effort required to raise steam. ‘Trojan.17’ is a battery powered 0-4-0 shunter, and can be prepared ready for operational duties within just a few minutes.

Passenger comfort is accommodated with two ride on carriages. Four adults or six children can be carried per trip, ensuring that a journey on Rushmere Railway is a truly exclusive and memorable event.

In addition to occasional Open Days, we have raised thousands of pounds for charity over the years by going on tour.

On Tour

Rushmere Railway goes on tour throughout Suffolk, raising money for Reach – The Association for Children with Hand and Arm disabilities. We featured on the front cover of their magazine in Summer 2009.

And in July 2015 we became the first steam train to run on the track bed of the Southwold Railway at Wenhaston since it closed in 1929! Again we featured on the front cover of the 85th edition of the Southwold Railway Trust’s newsletter.

We have a 30 metre portable track and hold public liability insurance.

We can be contacted via email if you are interested in booking the railway for your event.



2009. On Tour at Bawdsey Fete – opens YouTube video in a new tab

2012. On Tour at Bredfield Fete – opens YouTube video in a new tab

2017. Round the garden – opens YouTube video in a new tab