South Downs Light Railway

South Downs Light Railway COVID-19 response.

We understand that there are lots of concerns around the current COVID-19 virus.

Following a meeting of our Board meeting tonight (19/03/2020), it is with the deepest regret that we have to inform you that due to the current COVID-19 situation and the current guidelines from the Government that we have taken the very difficult decision to close the Railway with immediate effect. Although this will undoubtedly be disappointing for all of our volunteers and all of our visitors, we feel that it is our responsibility to protect all who work with us and all who visit our Railway.

For clarification, this means that no services will run at the Railway, and means that the special event planned for Mother's Day on Sunday 22nd March is cancelled.

We are sorry to have to announce this and ask for your understanding at this time. As soon as we are able, and following the guidelines as laid out by the Government, we will re-open and start operating again.

In the mean time, please stay safe and look after yourselves until we are able to go full-steam ahead again in the near future.

Welcome to the new 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.

Trains run from March to September and are usually hauled by a real coal burning steam engine. 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. Currently under construction is a purpose built water tower with coal bunker, and the re-installation of our turntable. 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!)

Contact us:
By phone: 07518 753784
By email:

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© South Downs Light Railway, 2018.

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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