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 2023 on Saturday 4th March 2022 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 locomotice. 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. Planned for 2023 is an extension to our carriage shed to give 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.

Over on the right of this page (or below if you're using a small screen!) is 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




Saturday 27th May 2023


Sunday 28th May 2023


Monday 29th May 2023

Two Train Day

Railway Mission

Saturday 3rd June 2023

Diesel Day


Sunday 4th June 2023

South Downs Belle


Saturday 10th June 2023


Sunday 11th June 2023


Saturday 17th June 2023


Sunday 18th June 2023


Saturday 24th June 2023


Sunday 25th June 2023

Two Train Day


++ Subject to mechanical availability.

Contact us:
By phone: 07518 753784
By email:

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© South Downs Light Railway, 2022.

South Downs Light Railway Society Ltd
Stopham Road Station
Pulborough Garden Centre
West Sussex. RH20 1DS

A company limited by guarantee number 6426315

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