Steam Railways | Steam Collection in Poole, Dorset | Luscombe Valley Railway

One man's ambition ...
... to keep the dream of steam alive

Steam Ahead

Luscombe Valley Steam Collection in Poole, Dorset represents a lifetime's dedication to steam, lovingly and meticulously assembled by Richard Knott. It comprises a five inch gauge, ground-level, passenger-carrying railway, a traction engine, a steam lorry, a full-sized steam car and a 30 ft steam launch, just to mention a few of the attractions.

Latest News From Luscombe Steam

This is a statement made by Richard Knott owner of the Luscombe Valley Railway.

Due to ill health in the last two years I would like explain how the railway with reopen in 2022.

The main idea is that the railway will celebrate with a Grand Opening on July 2/3. This is when the whole selection will be on show, including all the stalls, the barbecue, the brass band and everything else concerned with our event. This will include the steam boat Annabelle, Poppit the traction engine, the Foden Showmans and not forgetting the large indoor OO railway based on the Somerset and Dorset railway.

The railway will also open for charity at various other times. Wtach this website for all the details.



  • GRAND OPENING: July 2nd/3rd
Steam Lorry
Steam Boat
Model Train

Steam Collection

The collection is based in the grounds of Richard Knott's home, which is open to the public four times a year and regularly brings in the crowds. It raises money for charity at the same time as giving pleasure to both enthusiasts and the general public.

On Open Days {see Events Page} each visitor is welcome to ride on the railway as many times as they would like to. It's got a reputation for being pretty addictive. Everyone is also encouraged to view the other steam exhibits during their stay.

But that's not all.

Moving indoors, there is an extensive "00" model railway layout, based on the Somerset and Dorset line. This is always on view during open days and the sheer detail will probably take your breath away.

Go to our Luscombe Valley Steam Events page for details of Open Days.