Kent and East Sussex Railway

The Colonel Stephens Railway Museum

Recording the Career of Holman Fred Stephens, Light Railway Promoter,
Engineer and Manager, His Family, His Railways and His Successors.

”A Quart of a Museum in a Pint pot” – Old Glory Magazine

“This extraordinary collection of materials, vividly telling the story of Colonel Stephens and his exotic collection of bizarre railways” – Sir Neil Cossons, Director, National Science Museum

“One of the best – and intelligently set-out – Railway Museums I have ever seen” – Basil Howard on TripAdvisor.

An Award Winning Museum

The Museum received a top museum award at a ceremony held at the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry

The Morton’s Media (Heritage Railway Magazine) Interpretation Award cited the Museums’ ‘continuing magnificent highlighting of a unique dimension of British railway history’

Opening Times

The Museum normally opens from Easter until the end of October, and will be open every day that our trains are operating.

There is no admission charge for entry but donations for its upkeep are very welcome.

Admission to the Cavell Van at Bodiam Station is free but donations for its upkeep are very welcome.


Dogs are not normally admitted, except for assistance dogs.

Facilities for Visitors with Disabilities

Wheelchair access is available to all areas, except for viewing one of the video presentations which involves negotiating two steps.


The Museum has its own bookshop, selling a wide range of second-hand books in the foyer.

Archives and Research

Museum staff are always on hand to offer advice and guidance but are not able to offer research facilities. Access to the Archive may be obtained by agreeing a mutually convenient appointment with the Curator.

Contact Details

The John Miller Building
Tenterden Town Station
Station Road
Kent TN30 6HE

Telephone: 01580 765155

Email: [email protected]

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