Statfold Barn Farm, located close to Tamworth in Staffordshire, is the home to the Statfold Barn Railway which, under the guidance of owners Graham & Carol Lee over the last fifteen years, has grown to become what must be the most significant collection of narrow gauge locomotives in the UK. With over 30 steam locomotives and many internal combustion locomotives, representing most British and several overseas manufacturers.
With the recent establishment of the Statfold Narrow Gauge Trust the future of this unique collection is ensured beyond the lifetime of its owners.
As well as our public open & enthusiast days, Statfold also offer Driver Experience Days, educational tours & special events including Santa Express Trains, Halloween Steam & Scream and much more..!
The site has recently undergone further development and is proud to introduce the new gift shop, diner & the Statfold Roundhouse wedding, conference & events venue.
From time to time Statfolds own locomotives are joined by a visitor from other heritage railways or private collections. Visits by locomotives from the Statfold collection are also an established feature of special events at various heritage railways around Britain, including Amerton. Ffestiniog, Penrhyn, Threlkeld, Welsh Highland and West Lancashire lines.
There is plenty to see and do here for all ages and we host many events throughout the year so that people can come and enjoy the ‘Statfold Experience’, so why not come along….
Beautiful & Historic
A Garden Railway
The story of railways at Statfold Barn Farm began around 15 years ago when an oval of 2’0″ gauge track was laid around the lake in Graham and Carol Lee’s beautifully landscaped garden.
The railway itself was complemented by a fine locomotive shed, built new but giving the impression of having been there much longer thanks to the sympathetic use of salvaged components such as the 1896 date stone above the door and the row of cast iron window frames along the east wall.
At around the same time as Graham was building his garden railway the engineering company he then owned, the LH Group, acquired the Hunslet Engine Company. As many railway enthusiasts will know, in 1971 Hunslet completed the last industrial steam locomotive to be built in the UK. It had been ordered by Robert Hudson & Co Ltd, a Leeds-based supplier of anything from a single wagon to a complete railway system, for delivery to the Trangkil sugar mill estate in Indonesia.
The obvious challenge for Graham was therefore to secure the return of such a historically significant locomotive to the UK for preservation and further use at Statfold. Negotiations were conducted via Hunslet’s agent in Jakarta and Graham visited Java to conclude the transaction and supervise the loading of TRANGKIL No. 4 for the journey home.
The Loco Sheds &
The central courtyard area is the starting point for any visit to the Statfold Barn Railway. In addition to the canopied platform of the original SBR terminus station the most prominent features are the triple gauge turntable and traverser, both of which were designed and built in-house at Statfold Works.
The turntable is capable of handling locomotives of up to fifty tons in weight and, in addition to enabling them to be turned, provides an access route for locomotives and rolling stock arriving at Statfold by low loader. The traverser gives onward access to a quadruple road storage shed in which locomotives are kept when not in use. The traditional railway-style frontage of the storage shed disguises the fact that it was originally a farm barn.
As the visitor walks from the car park and enters the site the first station they see is Statfold Junction. This is the main station on the Statfold Barn Railway.
There are 3 platforms, an island platform which serves roads 1 and 2 and an elevated platform known as the high level platform which simply serves the high level road. All the platforms are accessible via the footbridge.
The museum is accessed from the up platform at Oak Tree Halt, through an archway which leads to a large open yard area. The large rectangular building, has undergone a recent facelift inside and out.
Inside the roundhouse there are over a dozen tracks radiating from a central turntable on which are housed the majority of the items in the Statfold collection that are not in use on that particular day.
The Museum has gone through a revamp and is set to enhance, educate and hopefully enthral the visitor even more than on previous visits.
A mezzanine floor has been installed enabling static displays of engines, not refurbished but in the state in which they arrived at Statfold.
There are more static displays to view on the ground floor of motive power that is no longer used on the railway.