14 Places to Ride on a Steam Train in the East Midlands

14 Places to Ride on a Steam Train in the East Midlands

A ride on a steam train big or small is one of our most favourite things to do. So much so we are prepared to travel to wherever a steam train may be. I have compiled a list of everywhere, that we know of, that has a steam train which you can ride on in the East Midlands. If I am missing anywhere off please leave a comment below to let me know. I can currently find 14 family friendly places to ride on a steam train in the East Midlands

We often choose a steam train ride as a rainy day activity but they are great all year round. A lot of the places listed below also have other things to do on site and some are miniature steam trains which are more open to the elements.

Have you visited any of the places below? We have so far managed a day out to four.

1 – Battlefield Line Railway – Leicestershire

Where does it stop? – Shakerstone – Market Bosworth – Shenton.

How long is a single trip between the stations? 20 minutes.

When do the trains run? – Trains run at weekends and bank holidays between March and November. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday July and August, Wednesdays in June, September and October.

Any Special events? – Yes – Click here

Anything else to do? At Shackerstone there is a free car park. The Victorian country station has a small museum and a café, plus a shop.

How much?  Your ticket gives you unlimited travel. Adults – £11.00. Senior £9.00. Child 3-15 £6.00 and £30 for a family ticket (2 adults, 3 children) Fares may differ on special event days.


2 – Belton House, near Grantham – Lincolnshire

Where does it stop? – This is a miniature steam train that runs through the playground of Belton House gardens.

How long is a single trip between the stations? – A round trip takes approx. 5 minutes.

When do the trains run? – From 11am, usually from the end of March until the end of October.

Any Special events? – Belton House itself offers special events – click here

Anything else to do? – Yes. Belton house is a National trust property (fee to enter see below). There is an extensive outdoor playground. Plus an indoor play area, extensive grounds to walk around and a beautiful house to look around.

How much?  – A return journey is now £1.50 each (per seat – younger children can ride on your lap for no extra cost). To use the train you first have to pay an entrance fee to the National trust at Belton. Further pricing information here.

Belton House Miniature steam train

3 – Cleethorpes Light Coast Railway – Lincolnshire

Where does it stop? – The 2 mile line runs between Cleethorpes Kingsway – Lakeside station – Humberston.

How long is a single trip between the stations? – I’m afraid their timetable has confused me a little. I think a round trip takes 30 minutes. If that is incorrect please let me know.

When do the trains run? – From the 1st April until the 1st October daily. Then mostly at weekends on and off through the other months. For a full timetable click here.

Any Special events? – Yes – They have a Day out with Thomas, Santa specials and much more. See here for more details.

Anything else to do? – At Cleethorpes Kingsway there is a well stocked shop, they also offer snacks and refreshments. At Lakeside station you will find one of the smallest pubs in the world. There is also Platform one Cafe which offers breakfasts, lunches and refreshments. Extra entertainment and things to do are often available during special event days.

How much?  – Special events are charged at a different rate to their daily rates. They offer a variety of pricing options with a daily rate. You can purchase a single ticket, adults £3.50. A return, adults £4.00. An all day ticket, adults £9.00. Family tickets and child tickets are also available.

15 Places to Ride on a Steam Train in the East Midlands
Day out with Thomas, Cleethorpes light coast railway

4 – Conkers Conkerchoo II – Leicestershire

Where does it stop? – The train runs between the Discovery and Waterside centres at Conkers.

How long is a single trip between the stations? – A short ride.

When do the trains run? – Conkers is open year round apart from Christmas day and Boxing day.

Any Special events? – Conkers itself has special events. See here for more information.

Anything else to do? – Yes – There is a full day out to be had at Conkers. Outdoors there is a barefoot walk, activity trail, explorer dome, adventure and water play. Plus hi and lo ropes and even more outdoors. There’s also loads to discover indoors.

How much?  – The train itself is included in your entrance fee. A standard adult ticket is £9.05, Child £8.14. Children 0-2 are free. Concession tickets are £7.51 and a family of 2 adults and 2 children is £35.95.


5- Ferry Meadows Railway, Peterborough – outskirts of Lincolnshire

Where does it stop? – Steam trains run between Ham Lane station to Gunwade station through Ferry Meadows

How long is a single trip between the stations? – Unknown

When do the trains run? – Most weekends plus most school holidays (March-October). The train does not run on wet and or windy days. Click here for a full timetable.

Any Special events? – Not that I can see

Anything else to do? – At Ham Lane station there is a gift shop, café and a small adventure playground. There is another adventure playground at Gunwade station. From this station you can explore the Ferry Meadows park.

How much?  – You can ride all day with a wristband for £5.00 for an adult and £4 for a child. All single fares are £1.50. A return adult fare is £2.50 and return child £2.00.


6 – Great Central Railway – Loughborough and Leicester – Leicestershire

Where does it stop? -Trains run between Loughborough and Leicester north and stop at Quorn & Woodhouse and Rothley

How long is a single trip between the stations? – 30 minutes

When do the trains run? – Every weekend and selected days mid week (not every week), Click here for a full timetable

Any Special events? – Yes. They run a Santa special event plus many other events throughout the year. They also offer dining services. Follow this link for a list of future events.

Anything else to do?  – There are places to eat at each stop. Loughborough seems to have the most to look around such as a museum, locomotive shed and more. They have extra activities on during their special events.

How much?  – Special events are usually charged at a different amount. Standard fares vary especially according to which stations you are travelling from and to. You can purchase an adult unlimited day travel ticket for £16.00 and £9.00 for a child. Single and return fares are also available.


7 – Lincolnshire Wolds Railway, Ludborough – Lincolnshire

Where does it stop? -Trains run between Ludborough station and North Thoresby

How long is a single trip between the stations? – Approx. 20 minutes with a stop for awhile either end. Trains run hourly.

When do the trains run? – On some Sundays throughout the year. They also have special events on other days of the year.

Any Special events? – Yes, events such as 1940s weekend, Teddy Bear’s day and meet Santa. Click here for a full list.

Anything else to do? – Yes. At Ludborough there is a café in an old train carriage. Plus a shop and a small playground with a wooden train for the kids to play on.

How much?  – Special events may be charged at a different rate. You can purchase single tickets from £2.50 for a child, under 3’s travel for free. We purchased a day rover ticket each which means you can travel on the train as much as you like. We went on a return journey before and after our lunch. I paid £7.00 for myself and £4.00 for Jamie. A senior ticket is £5.00 and family ticket £18.00

15 Places to Ride on a Steam Train in the East Midlands
Lincolnshire Wolds Railway, Ludborough

8 – Midland Railway Butterly, Ripley – Derbyshire

Where does it stop? – Trains run from Butterly to Swanwick junction with an approx. 45 minute stop there. It then passes through Hammersmith back to Butterly.

How long is a single trip between the stations? – Although the train is gone for an hour the return journey only takes approx. 25 minutes

When do the trains run? – Trains run most weekends throughout the year and most school holidays. For a schedule click here – simply select the month you want to look at.

Any Special events? – Yes. During the summer months the train takes you to the ‘beach’. They have many other events on throughout the year. Click here for more information.

Anything else to do? – Yes – As well as their special events there is a free car park at Butterly with a shop, tea room, model railways and a signal box. Swanwick junction houses a museum complex a play area and much more.

How much?  – Train fare prices vary according to the event and the traction being operated. You can contact them for further information regarding prices.


9 – Nene Valley Railway, Peterborough – (just on the outskirts of Lincolnshire)

Where does it stop? – Most of their trains travel from Wansford to Peterborough. Stopping at Yarwell, Wansford, Overton (Ferry meadows) and Orton Mere.

How long is a single trip between the stations? – It depends which day you visit. The train usually takes 25 minutes from Wansford to Peterborough.

When do the trains run? – Trains run most weekends of the year and selected days mid week.

Any Special events? – Yes many. Wansford has a Thomas engine and they have a few Thomas the tank engine day throughout the year. They run a very good Santa special and much more.Click here for a full list of events

Anything else to do? – Yes – At Wansford there is a café, model railway, carriages to explore, gift shop to explore, free parking and there is even more to do here during most special events. At Overton there is limited refreshments and a miniature railway. There is the railworld musem at Peterborough. Not all the trains stop here.

How much?  – Prices vary according to what running day they have. For a standard non event day an adult ticket is £16.00, senior £13.00, child £8.00 and a family ticket for 2 adults and 3 children is £40.00. Under 3’s travel free.

15 Places to Ride on a Steam Train in the East Midlands
Nene Valley Railway

10 – North Scarle Miniature railway – Lincolnshire

Where does it stop? – It is a small miniature railway.

How long is a single trip between the stations? – The trip is a round trip through the onsite grounds. Track is one third of a mile long

When do the trains run? – On only about 16 days a year. It is essential to visit their website for further information.

Any Special events? – Two Santa specials

Anything else to do? – Not that I can see

How much?  – Approx. £2.00 each


11 – Peak Rail, Matlock Bath – Derbyshire

Where does it stop? – The train operates between Rowsley South and Matlock Platform 2 for a distance of 4 miles, with a stop in between at Darley Dale.

How long is a single trip between the stations? – 17 minutes plus a stop.

When do the trains run? – Most weekends and some days mid week.

Any Special events? – They have a 1940’s weekend and a few other events. A list of events can be found here.

Anything else to do? – There is a café at Rowsley south station. Plus a small museum at Darley dale and a model railway at one of the stops.

How much?  – For some of the running days kids can travel for free – see website for further information. Special events may be charged at a different rate. A standard adult ticket is £8.50, £7.00 for senior citizens, children 3-5 £2.50 and children 6-15 £4.50. Children under 3 travel for free. They have a family ticket for 2 adults and up to 3 children priced at £26.50.


12 – Sherwood Forest Railway – Nottinghamshire

Where does it stop? -The train runs through part of Sherwood forest

How long is a single trip between the stations? – Unknown

When do the trains run? – From mid February until the end of November. Trains run from 11am everyday. Contact them for further information.

Any Special events? – No

Anything else to do? – Yes, there is an under 5’s play area, adventure play and refreshments including sandwiches.

How much?  – £2.00 each. Under 1’s travel for free.


13 – Springfields miniature railway, Retail Outlet Spalding –  Lincolnshire

Where does it stop? – The miniature steam trains travels around a small section of the festival gardens.

How long is a single trip between the stations? – The trip consists of 2 round trips and takes approx. 5 minutes.

When do the trains run? – Trains run from 12pm from Wednesday to Sunday every week. During school holidays the train runs everyday.

Any Special events? – No

Anything else to do? – Yes – As well as there being plenty of shops to look around and places to eat Springfields also has Jurassic golf, a café with a playground, free mid week summer events, a land train, festival gardens and ducks to feed.

How much?  – £2.00 each

15 Places to Ride on a Steam Train in the East Midlands
Miniature steam Train at Springfields

14 – Steeple Grange Light Railway – Derbyshire

Where does it stop? – It runs through the countryside near Wirksworth in Derbyshire on the main and branch lines.

How long is a single trip between the stations? – It is a 20 minute round trip.

When do the trains run? – The train runs on a Sunday and bank holiday Monday from Easter Sunday until the end of September. It also runs on Saturdays in July & August, plus selected days in Autumn half term.

Any Special events? – Yes, Santa specials plus other events. See website for further information.

Anything else to do? – I’m unsure

How much?  – Their fares include rides on both the main and branch lines. Single fares are available on the main line only at half the published rates. The fares are £4.00 for an adult, £3.00 for a concession £2.00 for a child and £10 for a family of 2 adults and up to 3 children. Children 3 and under travel for free.


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  1. Hi there is a lovely miniature train ride near Grimbsy its really cheap a ride 60p or 10 for £5, there is also a lovely windmill you can visit, a little museum & an old fashioned sweet shop. Grounds are lively, seating around green & train. Tranquil setting & peaceful, my kids and us had a lively afternoon there & was cheap as chips. Bargin 👍😁 GNR society (but i will need to get full name if you wanted) x 🏭🏭

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