Since 1995 — Volunteers, companies, groups and individuals have been clearing and contouring the site primarily to create habitat for our native species. The site is now home to over 200 species of flora and fauna. This area was once a coal storage yard for the Peterborough Power Station, built in the late 40s where ASDA Supermarket is now. It was a derelict area when acquired for Railworld by the Rev. Richard Paten, the idea to create habitat, came from the wildlife havens that Perkins Engines Company Limited had created on their Eastfield site. British Railways had donated 3 sections of Victorian Great Northern Railway aqueduct built in the1840s at Abbots Ripton, Cambridgeshire. These were installed in the wildlife haven to create an intriguing exciting place for our children to explore and learn about the wonders of nature. Please bring a picnic and enjoy!See our attractions
Railworld has been created, maintained and improved by volunteers with a passion! We are all full of vigour and vitality! There are a host of opportunities to get involved, help out and become part of our dynamic team.
If you are interested in volunteering at Railworld and would like to be part of this exciting, ambitious environmental project for our City of Peterborough.Get involved
We have a massive 140 Ton Pacific Steam Locomotive from the Danish State Railways, DSB 996 under restoration by the NVR Young Members Group, - www.nvr.org.uk/young-members :- Project 996 is driven by the International Railway Preservation Society (IRPS). We also have the unique RTV31. This and our wagons need fund and dedicated teams to restore - Can you help our volunteers? We have other interesting projects from the 'BIG' RAILWAY, you can see part of the Victorian 'Woodstone' LNWR Locomotive Depot floor. The Locomotive Turntable pit, built by the London and North Western Railway in 1885, has been discovered, there is no steel work left, but visible is the intricate brick work construction.
Be a part of building and maintaining Peterborough's very own wildlife haven!
Gain invaluable experience that will help toward a future career.
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Based in the heart of the City, we're close to bus routes and have on-site parking for easy access.