The Alderney Railway

The Alderney Railway
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Address: The Alderney Railway
Channel Islands
Postcode: GY9 3YW
Age Group: All Ages
Kids Activity: Outdoors
Telephone: 01481 823180
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Welcome to the Alderney Railway - the only railway in the Channel Islands. The Alderney Railway was constructed in the 1840s by the British Government to convey stone from the eastern end of the Island to build the breakwater and the Victorian forts.

It was the first nationalised railway run by the Admiralty. It opened in 1847 and is one of the oldest lines in the British Isles. The breakwater was originally 1,430 metres long but a third of the length was lost in a severe storm shortly after construction was completed. The current length is 870 metres.

In addition to standard gauge railway, the Alderney Railway owns and operates a 71/4 inch miniature railway at Mannez Quarry. The “miniature’s” permanent way extends to about a quarter of a mile. This little railway runs on most Sundays during July and August and usually for the Santa Special (subject to weather) and the Easter Egg special.

We cannot guarantee running every weekend so please enquire first.