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The Engine Shed

The Engine Shed is a special interest group for children and young people with autism who like trains.

They can play, talk and enjoy their interest in a welcoming, safe and relaxing environment. It provides a safe and supportive environment for autistic children to enjoy their interest in trains, and to develop their skills in coordination, teamwork and communication.

The Engine Shed puts the children in charge of their trains. They design, build, organise and share the railways – from Brio wooden railways to working Hornby model railway layouts.

At our latest South London venue in Streatham, over 30 autistic children and young people attend and remain focused for a full 2-hour session, with minimal supervision. We also provide a ‘Quiet Zone’, where railway books, magazines and puzzles keep them engaged, but help to reduce sensory overload and over-excitement.

We run open days on the 2nd Saturday of every month: 2pm-4pm for younger children, and a quieter session for teenagers and adults from 4pm-5pm.

We’re at the Streatham Youth Centre off Conyers Road, SW16. It’s a short walk from Streatham and Streatham Common railway stations, or lots of bus routes on the Streatham High Road. There is parking available in local streets.

We ask for a £5 donation on the door to cover the cost of venue hire and wear and tear on the trains.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Richard Semmens
Contact Position
Engine Shed Manager
07948 407343
Engine Shed


SYCT Streatham Youth Centre
SYCT Streatham Youth Centre
Conyer's Road
SW16 6LS

10 minutes walk from Streatham (Thameslink/Southern) and Streatham Common (Southern) railway stations.

10 minutes walk from bus routes on the Streatham High Road.

Free local parking in side streets.

Time / Date Details

When is it on
2nd Saturday of every month
Time of day
Session Information
2-4pm for younger children
Teenagers and adults from 4pm-5pm

Other Details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£5 Per session
This is a donation towards the cost of hiring the venue, and wear and tear on the trains.


Referral required

Local Offer


The Engine Shed support children and adults on the Autism Spectrum.

Contact Name
Richard Semmens
Contact Telephone
07948 407343
Contact Email
Last updated: 06/09/2019
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