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Local history: Hidden 'Gem' of a Railway Museum tucked away beside the Channel Tunnel Terminal at Folkestone - PHOTOS

Contributed by editor on Apr 20, 2017 - 05:55 PM

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By Susan Carey

The Elham Valley Line Trust is a gem of a museum tucked away in the hamlet of Peene next to the Channel Tunnel Terminal at Folkestone on what was once a piece of scrub land.

 



Today it’s centrepiece is an eighteenth century barn which once stood at Danton’s Pinch and had to be removed for the building of the Channel Tunnel.


The interior of George’s Barn with craft stands  Photo: Susan Carey

Instead of just demolishing it, it was disassembled piece by piece, carefully numbered and reassembled at the Elham Valley Line Trust where it now houses the tea rooms and craft stores.


An Easter bunny serving at the till  Photo: Susan Carey

Named ‘George’s Barn’  it was re-built in commemoration of the work the late former TV cameraman George Wright,  in creating the present museum.


Passengers on the train   Photo: Susan Carey

As well as the barn there are exhibition buildings stuffed full of railway memorabilia including the station manager’s hat I wore when I was Station Manager at Tolsford in the 1980s.


My Station Manager's hat  Photo: Susan Carey


There’s a signal box, a full size engine and most delightfully a miniature train that runs around the duck pond for a fare of just £1.

A working model railway showing the Eurotunnel terminal is also exhibited and there are play and picnic areas to enjoy in a beautiful rural setting.


Crazy golf in a beautiful rural setting  Photo: Susan Carey

This year’s Easter bunny hunt was very popular and visitor numbers over the holiday weekend were up by at least 10%.


The miniature train  Photo: Susan Carey

The next special event will be on the weekend of 13th/14th May with a military theme and there will be craft fayres in the summer months and apple pressing in the autumn.


A pretty view of the museums grounds  Photo: Susan Carey

The Elham Valley Line Trust is open weekends and Bank holidays 10 am to 5pm and is run entirely by volunteers.

Anyone who’d like to lend a hand – gardening, serving teas, selling tickets etc. would be welcome. It’s a great place to visit and to help.

 

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