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Great Railway Treasure Hunt

As the parent or grandparent of a train loving child, you may well already be visiting different steam railways on the weekends and holidays. But did you know you can get quiz sheets for the railways and museums that not only serve to keep the children entertained but could win you cash prizes?

Each year Peter’s Railway, the railway stories for school-age children, organises and sponsors The Great Railway Treasure Hunt. Nearly 60 heritage steam railways and museums are involved, providing 10-question quiz sheets which – truth be told – are great to print off before any trip anyway. Should you catch the bug, though, children up to the age of 14 can submit all their sheets before the end of September for the chance to win a share of £1,000 in cash prizes.

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Chiefly the prizes are given to those with the most questions right from the railways they visit but there is a special prize for the child that visits the most sites. Given there are 528 miles between Bodmin & Wenford Railway, Cornwall and Bo’Ness & Kinneil Railway, Scotland, suspicions are that you’d not have to do all of them.

The questions will challenge younger children but are generally pitched well. Looking at the one for the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway, only a couple could be got from a casual day visit. What is the maximum speed permitted on the railway? and How many level crossings are there along the line? are pretty straightforward. Children have to track down the answers for others like Which locomotive hauled the first official train out of Hythe in 1927? and Which famous author lived in a bungalow opposite St Marys Bay Station?

Quiz Sheet Great Railway Treasure Hunt Quiz Sheet Great Railway Treasure Hunt Two

The quiz sheets are a good way to keep older children entertained if their younger sibling or siblings are just interested in seeing or riding on the trains. They are also a great way to explore new parts of railways you might visit regularly.

Below is a table of the participating railways and museums, a link to their website and the links to the quiz sheets, which can also be found via

 First Great Western (Mainline Railway) – South West England  First GW Quiz Sheet
 Apedale Valley Light Railway – Staffordshire  Apedale Quiz Sheet
 Audley End Miniature Railway  – Essex  Audley End Quiz Sheet
 Avon Valley Railway – S. Gloucestershire  Avon Valley Quiz Sheet
 Bluebell Railway – Sussex  Bluebell Quiz Sheet
 Bodmin & Wenford Railway – Cornwall  Bodmin Quiz Sheet 
 Bo’Ness & Kinneil Railway SRPS – Scotland  Bo’Ness Quiz Sheet
 Brecon Mountain Railway  Brecon MR Quiz Sheet
 Bredgar & Wormshill Light Railway – Kent  Bredgar & W LR Quiz Sheet
 Buckinghamshire Railway Centre – Quainton Road Bucks  Bucks Railway Centre Quiz Sheet
 Churnet Valley Railway – Staffordshire  Churnet Valley Quiz Sheet
 Colne Valley Railway – Essex  Colne Valley Quiz Sheet
 Conwy Valley Railway – North Wales  Conwy Quiz Sheet
 Corris Railway – Mid Wales  Corris Quiz Sheet
 Dartmouth Steam Railway – Devon  Dartmouth SR Quiz Sheet
 Dean Forest Railway – Gloucestershire  Dean Forest Quiz Sheet
 Didcot Railway Centre – Oxfordshire  Didcot Quiz Sheet
 Dulverton Heritage Centre – Somerset  Dulverton Quiz Sheet
 East Anglian Railway Museum – Essex  East Anglian Quiz Sheet
 East Lancashire Railway  East Lancs Quiz Sheet
 Echills Wood Railway @ Kingsbury Water Park – Warwickshire  Echills Wood Quiz Sheet
 Fort Victoria Model Railway – Isle of Wight  Fort Victoria Quiz Sheet
 Glenfinnan Station Museum – Scotland Argyll  Glenfinnan Quiz Sheet
 GWR – Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway  GWR Quiz Sheet
 Great Central Railway – Leicestershire  GCR Quiz Sheet
 Gwili Railway – South Wales  Gwili Quiz Sheet
 Isle of Man Steam Railway  IOMSR Quiz Sheet
 Keighley & Worth Valley Railway – Yorkshire  K&WVR Quiz Sheet
 Keith & Dufftown Railway – Scotland  Keith & Dufftown Quiz Sheet
 Kirklees Light Railway – West Yorkshire  KLR Quiz Sheet
 Lappa Valley Railway – Cornwall  Lappa Valley Quiz Sheet
 Launceston Steam Railway – Cornwall  Launceston Quiz Sheet
 Leadhills & Wanlockhead Railway – Scotland  Leadhills Quiz Sheet
 Leighton Buzzard Railway – Bedfordshire  Leighton Buzzard Quiz Sheet
 Llangollen Railway – North Wales  Llangollen Quiz Sheet
 Lynton & Barnstaple Railway – Devon  Lynton Quiz Sheet
 Mangapps Railway & Museum – Essex  Mangapps Quiz Sheet
 Mid-Hants Railway, Watercress Line – Hampshire  Mid-Hants Quiz Sheet
 Midland Railway Museum Butterley – Derbyshire  Butterley Quiz Sheet
 Mizens Railway – Woking Miniature Railway Society – Surrey  Mizens Quiz Sheet
 National Railway Museum Shildon – Locomotion – Co Durham  NRM Shildon Quiz Sheet
 Nene Valley Railway – near Peterborough  Nene Valley Quiz Sheet
 North Yorkshire Moors Railway  NYMR Quiz Sheet
 Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway – Wales  Pontypool Quiz Sheet
 Princess Royal Class Loco Trust – West Shed Museum – Derbyshire  West Shed Museum Quiz Sheet
 Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway – Cumbria  Ravenglass Quiz Sheet
 Ridgmont Station Heritage Centre – Bedfordshire  Ridgmont Quiz Sheet
 Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway – Kent  RH&DR Quiz Sheet
 Rushden Transport Museum – Northamptonshire  Rushden Quiz Sheet
 Severn Valley Railway – Worcestershire/Shropshire  SVR Quiz Sheet
 Severn Valley Railway – Engine House Museum Worcs/Shrops  SVR Quiz Sheet
 Stephenson Railway Museum – Newcastle Tyne & Wear  Stephenson Quiz Sheet
 Strathspey Steam Railway – Scotland  Strathspey Quiz Sheet
 Talyllyn Railway – Wales  Talyllyn Quiz Sheet
 Telford Steam Railway – Shropshire  Telford Quiz Sheet
 Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life – Devon  Tiverton Quiz Sheet
 West Somerset Railway – Somerset  West Somerset Quiz Sheet

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