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Written by Darren Johnson - 25 Jan 2005
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Location notes
A small village in the Colne Valley, not far from Colchester in North Essex. The East Anglian Railway Museum is located in the station, which is still served by service trains.
Railway type and traffic
A railway museum on the branch line between Marks Tey and Sudbury, the East Anglian Railway Museum has a number of preserved DMUs (some of which are often on loan to other railways), Carriages, and Steam Engines.
The station building is preserved and decorated in the LNER colours, the goods shed has also been restored, and various works can been seen in the restoration shed. There are many Steam and Thomas specials throughout the year, and each September the EARM hosts the Chappel Beer Festival, One Railway run later services on the branch in association with this. The Branch service uses a Sprinter which runs hourly to and from the mainline at Marks Tey, the station is next to the 32-arch viaduct which makes an excellent photo opportunity (Go out of the station and turn left into the village to view)
Environment
The station its self is located above the valley, and there are open fields around, however as its only a small village its a safe place.
Road directions
From Colchester follow the road to Halstead (A1124) once under the viaduct head towards the cross roads, and turn up Station Road and the station is located on the right

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East Anglian Railway Museum, Chappel Station map co-ordinates
Parking
The Museum has a car park, and long station forecourt which you can safely park your car.
Public transport
The station is served hourly, 7 days a week by trains between Marks Tey and Sudbury, and services run from about 6am - 10pm. The Sudbury Branch Line website gives full information regarding those services.
First Essex Bus also run service 88 (Colchester to Halstead), which passes through Chappel, the station is a short walk up the hill from the bus stop

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Amenities
The museum has a shop to purchase snacks from on the ground level (along with the book shop) , and on operating days the 'Signals Restaurant' on platform 2 is open.
There is also a small village shop just down the road near the viaduct
Accommodation
There is a small Bed and Breakfast in Station Road, and a few others near by, full details can be found on the East Anglian Railway Museum website.
Sun Compass
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
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East Anglian Railway Museum, Chappel Station

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East Anglian Railway Museum, Chappel Station close up map

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East Anglian Railway Museum, Chappel Station



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Photographic notes
Good photographs of the viaduct can be taken from the Millennium Field, cross over the road under the viaduct, cross over the river and follow the path into the field (it can however, be very wet/flooded after heavy rain).
In the station light is not too much of a problem, however the sun (if out!) will be from the direction of the viaduct from mid afternoon onwards.


General views - All photographs © Darren Johnson unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north


Fig 1 - Looking north


Fig 2 - Looking north


Fig 2 - Looking north


Fig 3 - Looking north west


Fig 3 - Looking north west


Fig 4 - Looking south


Fig 4 - Looking south


Fig 5 - Museum Stock and Restoration Shed



Fig 5 - Museum Stock and Restoration Shed


Fig 6 - A preserved 101 on the shed



Fig 6 - A preserved 101 on the shed


Fig 7 - The museum goods shed



Fig 7 - The museum goods shed


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