Monday Closed
    Tuesday 10.00am – 4.00pm
    Wednesday 10.00am – 4.00pm
    Thursday 10.00am – 4.00pm
    Friday 10.00am – 4.00pm
    Saturday 10.00am – 4.00pm
    Sunday Closed

    BUY CAR:

    Follow the brown official Tourist Board direction signs indicated with a train symbol for ‘Pecorama Pleasure Gardens’ from the A3052 towards Beer.

    BY BUS:

    The X52 service travels from Exeter through to Bridport via Lyme Regis, stopping off at Beer Cross which is a 10 minute walk from Pecorama.

    The 9 / 9A service runs hourly from Exeter to Seaton / Lyme Regis and the 20 service travels from Taunton, via Wellington and Honiton, to Seaton where there are bus services to Beer. Both of these services are offered by Stagecoach.

    AVMT provide the 899 service from Sidmouth to Seaton and the 885 from Axminster to Colyton, Seaton and Beer. Some of these buses pass just outside Pecorama and will stop on request.

    For full details please telephone Devon Bus Service on (01392) 382800, Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 or any of the bus service providers.


    The nearest train station to Pecorama is Axminster, on the West of England main line. Trains run approximately every hour from Exeter St Davids and from London Waterloo. The station is approximately 9 miles from us. The 885 AVMT bus service travels from the Station to Colyton, Seaton and Beer, every hour Monday to Saturday.

    Alternatively, taxis from the station can be booked in advance – Axminster Taxis 01297 34000.

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    At Pecorama we will always try to be as helpful as we can. Should there be anything you would like to enquire about, please do so on 01297 21542 or click below for our full contact details.

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Driver Experience Courses

This course offers a unique opportunity to enjoy the thrill of preparing, firing and driving a steam locomotive, on the award-winning Beer Heights Light Railway - our mile long scenic, fully signalled narrow gauge railway at Pecorama, in glorious Devon. 


Our Steam Locomotive Driver Experience Courses offer you the chance to have the footplate all to yourself, whilst benefitting from expert tuition and supervision from our highly experienced staff.  

Participants are welcome to bring up to two guests who can enjoy the day on site and then join you for your takeaway lunch from 12:45pm onwards and be your first passengers when you take control of your locomotive! 

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Course Timetable


10:00 Arrive at the main reception where you will be met and accompanied to the Orion Pullman Carriage for a safety briefing and theory session over coffee – (with allowances made for social distancing), and order your takeaway lunch(es)  from our canteen menu, which serves tasty, freshly made food to our whole site.  

After that, you will prepare, learn the controls and steam up the engine.  

Before lunch, (if all goes well!), there should be an opportunity to try your hand at driving the engine, with full guidance and advice from your instructor, who sits behind you with ‘dual controls’ – just in case. There is a clear, social distancing screen, between you and the instructor, who can relay instructions to you via a cab radio if required.  

12:45 If you have guests joining you now, please ask them to meet you at White Falls Platform where your pre-ordered takeaway lunch(es) will be given to you to enjoy the gardens together whilst you re-energise yourself for the afternoon’s excitement! 

13:30 After lunch, you will be coupling up to a set of coaches and driving yourself and your guests on a few trips on the fully signalled, mile long ‘mainline’ with wonderful views. 

Finally, there is ‘disposal’ – how to clean up and leave your locomotive safe for the night, during which time your guests may wait in the gardens for you.  Your day will finish at around mid-afternoon.  


 The £215 cost includes all refreshments throughout the day, entry for two guests and a personalised certificate to commemorate your day as a driver. 


Click here to see our available dates for 2022 and BOOK ONLINE NOW!


Due to demand, we are delighted to introduce our NEW Advanced Driver Experience course which is open to anyone who has successfully completed the Beer Heights Light Railway Stage One Driver Experience Course (as advertised above).

Ever Fancied Driving a Freight train, shunting at various sidings delivering the goods? Here is your perfect opportunity to experience the dream. The advanced course will present the opportunity to operate a freight service on the award winning Beer Heights Light Railway, using a variety of motive power to shunt freight wagons at the various sidings and stations along the route.

Participants are welcome to bring an able bodied friend to act as a shunter along side the your Beer Heights Instructor if they wish.


Course Timetable for Advanced Driver Experience Course

10:00 Arrive at the main reception where you will be met and accompanied to the Orion Pullman Carriage for a safety briefing and introductory session over coffee – (with allowances made for social distancing), and order your takeaway lunch(es) from our canteen menu, which serves tasty, freshly made food to our whole site. (Guests may choose to order from our Canteen App or our onsite takeaways – this can be decided on the day)

After that, you will prepare and steam up the engine.

11:30 Organise and commence ‘Trip Freight’’ workings around the Beer Heights system.

12.45 We will stop for lunch when you can enjoy the gardens whilst you re-energise yourself for the afternoon’s further excitement!

13:30 After lunch, you will continue to deliver the goods around the site eventually assembling all the wagons back at the yard.

Finally, there is ‘disposal’ – clean up and leave your locomotive safe for the night. Following a de-brief your day will finish at around mid- afternoon.


The £250 cost includes all refreshments throughout the day and a personalised certificate to commemorate your day as a Freight Train Driver.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an age limit? 

Yes, participants must be 18 years or over. 

Do I need special clothing? 

Cotton overalls (or a jacket and over-trousers) are essential to protect your clothing, along with stout boots – safety type preferable. (Trainers are not suitable). A waterproof jacket is also useful in case of poor weather. Suitable gloves will be provided.  

Can I book on behalf of someone else? 

Yes, this course makes an ideal gift. 

How physically demanding is the course? 

Participants need to possess a reasonable degree of physical and mental agility and to be able to comply with both verbal and graphic instruction. However, we cannot make assumptions or judgements about a person’s abilities without being informed of their circumstances and needs. The locomotive used has a ‘sit in’ cab which requires some flexibility to enter and egress. If in doubt, please ring us to discuss the above. 

Covid 19 related considerations 

  • Your instructor will respect social distancing throughout the day and it should not be necessary to encounter anyone else, in close proximity, on the site.  
  • A clear screen is fitted between the locomotive and the instructors riding van behind.  
  • All appropriate areas and surfaces will be thoroughly cleaned before your experience.  
  • Hand sanitiser is available. 
  • Protective gloves (provided) should be worn on the locomotive.  
  • For the course, you may use your own face mask as you wish but we would point out that, due to the heat from the engine, this may be uncomfortable and there could also be a small risk of fire – you will effectively be in the ‘fresh air’ most of the day.  

* Please comply with any COVID signage onsite

OR email us – Callum.Darraugh@peco.co / Blanche.Alexander@Peco.co


Terms and Conditions

Terms and conditions 

Payment – 50% deposit payable on booking. Balance to be paid no later than 28 days prior to the course date. 

Cancellation Policy – refunds for cancellations will be considered up to one week prior to the day, if we are able to re-fill the booked slot. Thereafter, a maximum refund of 50% may be given. For cancellation due to Covid restraints/illnessyour course will be re-arranged for a future date. 


For further information, or to book this course.....

OR email us – Callum.Darraugh@peco.co / Blanche.Alexander@Peco.co

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Orion Pullman Carriage

Standing in the siding at Beer Victoria Station is the beautifully preserved Orion Pullman Car, part of the Golden Arrow train that used to run from Victoria Station, London to the Channel coast.

Available for pre-booked high teas, private hire or walk-in refreshments (certain days apply)

We are delighted to announce the Orion will be open this season - Wednesdays and Saturdays from 6th April until 29th October 2022

‘We used to sit besides the track,

Watching trains go clickety clack.

We’d count each carriage passing by,

And smell the smoke that filled the sky.’

George Savige

Bought and saved from the scrapheap by Pecorama, Orion was restored by highly skilled craftsmen, at the British Rail Works in Wolverton, where the Royal Train had been maintained. Here the vehicle was repainted in the distinguished umber and cream Pullman livery, reinstating the elaborate lining and coat of arms that adorned these cars in years gone by. The interior, while retaining all the beauty of the original brass decoration and polished woodwork, has been completely refurbished by local craftsmen to include individual seating, an entirely redesigned kitchen and drinks dispensary.

It was in January of 1978 that the 40-ton coach was transported an arduous 250 miles by road to the Pecorama site. It now stands majestically at rest adjoining Beer Victoria, a full-sized replica station platform.

For many years, this 1951-built Pullman Car Orion made regular journeys between London Victoria and the Channel Ports, as part of the prestigious ‘Golden Arrow’ luxury train.

We now offer this space for high teas and cream teas, cakes and pastries and refreshments.  It is also available as a private hire for parties, gatherings and special occasions.

Relax and enjoy the opulence of this elegant space whilst sampling our home-made refreshments.


High Teas are available as a pre-order only (see below). Other refreshments are available on a first come, first served basis, without pre-booking.


Freshly made finger sandwiches

Two freshly baked scones (plain and fruit) served with Devon Clotted Cream and Strawberry Jam

A selection of home-made cakes

A choice of teas or filter coffee

£17.50 per head

£20 per person in the Private Coupe – maximum 4 people

Served 11-3 Wednesday & Saturday

(High Tea is only available via online pre booking – 24 hours prior to visit)



Two freshly baked scones (plain and fruit) served with Devon Clotted Cream and Strawberry Jam

A choice of teas or filter coffee

£9.50 per head

Served 10-3.30 Wednesday & Saturday



Two freshly baked cheese and chive scones served with chilli jam and butter

A choice of teas or filter coffee

£9.50 per head

Served 10-3.30 Wednesday & Saturday



Pot of tea for one – £3.95

Pot of tea for two – £7.50

Filter coffee, per cup – £2.75

Luxury Hot Chocolate with Cream and marshmallows – £4.95

Still or sparkling water – £1.50 per bottle

A range of speciality tea is available.



Single Cheese and chive scone with butter – £3.00

Single sweet scone (fruit or plain) with Devon Clotted cream and strawberry jam – £3.50

Toasted Tea cake with butter and strawberry jam – £4.25

A slice of cake of your choice £4.25

Beverages and lighter options are served 10am 3.30pm – Wednesday & Saturday


Please ask a member of the team if you have allergen requirements


The Pullman Car is a ‘Quiet’ area for ‘passengers’ to enjoy the nostalgia whilst taking refreshments.

There are no age restrictions for entry, but we do ask that you respect the peacefulness and suggest that this Pullman Car is not suitable for the very young.

Thank you for your consideration.

Pre-book your High Tea here


Why not gift your loved one a luxury experience of a High Tea for two?

Purchase your gift vouchers online here




For a birthday party, business conference, meeting place or even a wedding reception, the Orion Pullman Car is the perfect venue creating a special ambience, reminiscent of days gone by…

Our Pullman Carriage is available for private hire for up to 24 people in the main saloon (with a further 4 catered for in the Coupe) and can provide you with a unique experience at attractive rates to suit your needs. Bespoke programmes can be arranged on request so please contact us for details.

Depending on your requirements and the date/time of your event, catering can be in-house or supplied by outside caterers of your own choosing. You may also bring your own alcohol for a small corkage fee.

Please contact us for further details with your requirements on Pecorama@peco.co  or call 01297 21542 and pick the ‘Pecorama’ option, and one of our team will call you back to discuss all the options.

All prices are for guidance only and are not to be taken as a definitive quote for the hire of the car. Individual requirements can be discussed to provide a tailor made quotation.

Pecorama reserves the right to increase or decrease the hire figure depending on the nature of the event being planned.

  • Refreshments must be ordered in advance, paid for as required by the delegates, or can be invoiced to the hirer.
  • All hire costs subject to V.A.T.
  • Ample free parking is available on site.

Please call 01297 21542 or email Pecorama@peco.co to discuss your requirements.

You will find our terms and conditions and menus on this page. Once your event has been confirmed by us, we will forward a booking form.

Click here for our Menus and Refreshment options.
Click here for our terms and conditions of hire.

Guide Rates to Hire Car - 2022

Morning session
Afternoon session
Evening session
9.30am until midday
1pm until 3.30pm
6pm to 8pm
£100 + VAT
£100 + VAT
£200 + VAT

Hire charges are reduced by 50% for multiple bookings (3 or more)

All prices are for guidance only and are not to be taken as a definitive quote for the hire of the car. Pecorama reserves the right to increase or decrease the hire figure depending on the nature of the event being planned.

Shop & Exhibition

The Model Shop & Railway Exhibition are open at the times listed below:

Shop: 10.00am - 5.00pm
Exhibition: CLOSED
Shop: 10.00am - 5.00pm
Exhibition: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Shop: 10.00am - 5.00pm
Exhibition: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Shop: 10.00am - 5.00pm
Exhibition: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Shop: 10.00am - 4.30pm
Exhibition: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Shop: 10.00am - 4.30pm
Exhibition: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Exhibition: CLOSED

As you enter Pecorama, the Model Railway Exhibition and Model Shop welcome you to the home of the famous PECO brand of model railways, one of the last major model railway production facilities left in the UK. The factory, alongside Pecorama, produces a countless variety of items for the enthusiast every day, utilising modern specialist machinery with highly skilled local labour.

Since railways fascinate many adults and children alike, it is not surprising that such a large number of homes already have a model railway. Some enthusiasts are deterred from the hobby in the belief that they would need more space. However, our Model Railway Exhibition aims to inspire modellers by demonstrating a variety of practical small layouts to suit every home – with options for both indoors and out. All boast an impressive amount of detail and even those who don’t model will marvel at the craftwork involved. Many of the layouts have interactive features.


Model Shop

To contact the shop please call 01297 21542 ext 235 or email pecoshop@peco.co

On leaving the Exhibition Hall, you will enter the specialist Model Railway and Book Shop where our staff are at your service to answer queries and show you the extensive range of products by PECO and many other major manufacturers. The current issues of Railway Modeller and Continental Modeller, magazines with the largest circulation in their field, are on sale.

For those who are looking for souvenirs to take home or buy for friends, you will find a good selection of traditional small items on sale, including postcards.

Pecorama Model Shop Website

Railway Modelling Courses

Course Dates

We are hoping to start our popular railway modelling courses again later in 2022

To register your interest, please contact us either by phone on 01297 21542 or by using our contact form. We will call you back to discuss the course details.

General Information

A practical introduction to the core aspects of railway modelling, with expert tuition from our very own in-house modellers.

The course will start with a private guided tour of the Pecorama Model Railway Exhibition to illustrate many of the techniques that will be taught. Much of the course will be hands-on, with your tutors assisting and advising you on each aspect.

Over the duration of the course each student will learn how to model their own section of baseboard, which can be taken home at the end of the course.

Trackwork and Electrics Course Itinerary

Day One

Meet your instructors and take a conducted tour of the Pecorama Model Railway Exhibition

Introductions and information at the Station Gallery Learning Centre

Trackwork Techniques

Break for lunch

Layout Electrics Theory


Day Two

Layout Electrics Practical


Scenery Course Itinerary

Day One

Meet your instructors and take a conducted tour of the Pecorama Model Railway Exhibition

Painting and weathering of track plus adding a level crossing with roadway


Track ballasting and basic scenery


Day Two

Use of static grass system

Addition of extra detailing such as fencing, bushes, trees etc...

Finish at Lunchtime to allow students time to visit the shop


2022 Price - £250 per person

Price includes:

  • Tea/coffee breaks in the morning and afternoon on day 1, as well as the morning of day 2
  • A choice of lunch options from the menu will be provided on both days
  • 10% Discount Voucher to spend in our Model Shop during your time on the course
  • Access to all Pecorama attractions, including a train ride
  • Take home your selected baseboard or kit (depending on which course) and the inspiration to help you to start building your very own model railway


Are there any age restrictions?

Yes, participants should be 18 years or over.

Do I need to bring any special clothing and tools?

You will be provided with a short list of necessary items prior to your course.

How many participants will there be on each course?

There will be a maximum of 12.

When are the courses available?

As dates become available they will be posted on this page of the website.

Can I book on behalf of someone else?

Yes, this course makes an ideal present.

How do I book?

Please ring us on 01297 21542 EXT 261 and ask for Andrew Beard, who will be one of your course tutors.

If I have any technical questions who can I speak to?

Please ring us on 01297 21542 EXT 261 and ask for Andrew Beard, who will be one of your course tutors.

Bookings & Cancellations

Terms and Conditions

50% Deposit payable on booking. Balance to be paid no later than 14 days prior to course date.

Cancellation Policy

Refunds for cancellations will be considered up to 48 hours prior to the course, where after a maximum of 50% refund may be given.