South Downs Light Railway

Welcome to the website of the South Downs Light Railway

Our volunteer run railway is in the Pulborough Garden Centre, Stopham Road, Pulborough, RH20 1DS. Our trains will take you on an exciting trip through the gardens from Stopham Road Station.

We are re-opening for 2024 on Saturday 2nd March 2024 following a successful Christmas Experience and some much needed maintenance work.

Trains run from March to September and are usually hauled by a real coal burning steam locomotive. It’s great fun for adults and children alike.

The railway started in 2000 and we have carried many thousands of passengers on a journey of just under one mile.

We are always working to improve the railway and over the last few years, have built a new station and ticket office, an engine shed and extended the carriage shed. We have built a tunnel and added portals in 2017. The water tower with coal bunker, and the re-installation of our turntable are all now complete. The second extension to our carriage shed is now complete giving us some more space to house our rolling stock. You can find out more about what we’re doing and have done in the News section.

Come and see what we are up to and say hello. We pride ourselves on a friendly welcome.

Below you’ll see a short video giving a quick look around our railway. Hit the play button and take a look. If you want to see a full run around our railway, take a look at the Journey page in the Railway section of the menu, where you’ll see Tom taking Flying Scotsman for a trip around (he doesn’t normally drive that quick, the video is double speed!)

Forthcoming loco roster




Sunday 7th July 2024

South Downs Belle


Saturday 13th July 2024

Teddy Bears' Picnic

Railway Mission

Sunday 14th July 2024

Teddy Bears' Picnic

Earnest Henry Upton

Saturday 20th July 2024


Sunday 21st July 2024

Two Train Day

Earnest Henry Upton

Wednesday 24th July 2024


Saturday 27th July 2024


Sunday 28th July 2024


Wednesday 31st July 2024

Railway Mission

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