Trevor Bright Railway Museum
Welcome to Trevor Bright Railway Museum. The Trevor Bright Railway Museum is open Tuesday's 10:00 -12:30, The Frinton Cottage Museums & Gardens will be opening every Saturday in August 10:30am to 12:30pm Refreshments available. Summer Exhibitions in Frinton Crossing Cottage Museums. Special Openings during the Month of August. Every Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. To commemorate the 1953 Flood there is a special exhibition in the Cottage Museum of the effect of this devastating Flood on our area. This year’s exhibition in the Trevor Bright Railway Museum is on Clacton-on-Sea Railway Station’s development through the years and open for special appointments, contact the Railway Archivist, Tony Barrett for further details, on 01255674678
The museum, renamed after its co-founder in March 2018, is situated in the Old Lever Room in Crossing Cottage garden, adjacent to the railway level crossing. Primarily concerned with the single line between Thorpe-le-Soken and Walton-on-the-Naze and its impact
on the community in that area, there are many interesting artefacts.
Annually, the museum also offers exhibitions outside its dedicated interest.
On the old refurbished levers one can see the bullet holes left after an aircraft attack on Frinton in 1943.
Please check the Events Page for other special openings during the year.
Private group visits can be made by arrangement, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The first train ran to Walton on 17th May 1867 and at this time Frinton was a hamlet consisting of a couple of farms and associated cottages containing around 50 persons and boasting the second smallest Church in the country, certainly not a place to warrant a station or even an official wayside halt. The railway line cut across two lanes as it passed inland of Frinton; these were negotiated with level crossings, one on the site still used at the top of Connaught Avenue and the other, providing access from Kirby Cross, crossed the line where the current roadway bends and there is a petrol station.
On 8th June 1888 Great Eastern Railway opened a station at Frinton with new Station buildings and a goods yard. In the early 1900's the Kirby Cross road was redirected along the northern boundary of the railway to join the Walton Road, (now Elmtree Avenue), and the level crossing west of the station was abandoned. In the mid 1860’s it was the crossing leading from Frinton to what was then the main road from Walton to Colchester, passing through Kirby-le-Soken, which was considered the more important thoroughfare and had the crossing keeper’s cottage and ground-frame levers built next to it.
extracted from '100 Years Of Frinton Railway' by Jeremy M. Russell 1989
Open at the same time as the Frinton Museum, during the weekly coffee mornings at FRINTON CROSSING COTTAGE every Tuesday throughout the summer from 10am to 12 noon.
During winter months please see our EVENTS PAGE
Admission to both the Railway Museum and Crossing Cottage is free but a £2 suggested donation is always welcome to help with the running costs.
Private group visits outside opening hours can be made by arrangement, please contact email@example.com
Frinton on Sea, CO13 9NE
Tel: 01255 861440
Tourist brown signs mark the way to our Museums starting at the Weeley roundabout on the A133 from Colchester. At the Weeley roundabout take the B1033 to Frinton-on-Sea, passing through Thorpe-le-Soken and Kirby Cross. To enter Frinton-on-Sea you will turn right at the railway crossing/roundabout and cross the railway line. We are located immediately on your right. Parking is available in the roads close by.
If you arrive by public transport, bus stops are found just prior to entering the town via the level crossing or if you arrive by train turn left as you exit the station and you will find us 400M on your left.
Our museum is located in old railway buildings which are not fully disable accessible. Our displays are desk height & wall mounted. Our gardens are accessible with paved paths and lawns. There are steps into the museum buildings. If you require assistance our volunteers will do their best to help. Please ask for help, if required.
Refreshments are available when staffed. Rest areas are available inside the museum and outside in the gardens. Toilet & small shop area.
Tel: 01255 861440