Ludborough is now a tourist train station in Lincolnshire situated on the way to Cleethorpes. It is the only place you can ride on a full-size steam train in Lincolnshire. The Lincolnshire Wolds Railway is one of those kinds of days out where you find yourselves discussing a return visit because you had such a lovely day.
The line was once part of the Great Northern route from Boston to Grimsby. Now it runs as a heritage steam train between Ludborough and North Thoresby. They are working to extend the line southwards towards Louth. The place is run by volunteers and they have a strong focus on providing a great family day out.
Review of Ludborough Steam Train Rides
The Lincolnshire Wolds railway does not have many opening days during the year. We visited on a Sunday when there is also a car boot sale in the field where you park. Parking is free and if you do visit on a Sunday make sure that you get there early as the car park can get full quick. There is always the option to park on the road.
In the car park, there is a wooden train for the children to play on. The kids that were there all had a great time role playing, taking tickets and blowing a pretend whistle. There is also a little viewing platform to watch the train go past from.
If you need to use the facilities be sure to go before you walk over to the platform. If you head right out of the car park there is a railway track going off to the right. This is where you will find the toilets. The platform, café, shop, ticket office and museum can all be found on the opposite side of the road.
There isn’t a huge amount to see and do, other than the train ride. However, I’m sure you can see from the photos that it is utterly charming. We caught the 10:45am train. Which meant when we returned we could wander down to the engine shed, look around the museum and then time it all perfectly for a sandwich in their train carriage café.
The Train Ride – Ludborough Lincolnshire Wolds Railway
You purchase a traditional paper ticket from the ticket office window. Jamie loved his and held it for most of the time we were there.
From 10:45am – 15:45pm there is a train running every hour. (opening times for the trains are slightly longer on Santa special days and the 1940s weekend). Your ticket entitles you to as many rides on the train as you like. We went on a return journey before lunch and a return journey after lunch. It is a very bumpy and slow ride to the other station, north Thoresby, which is all part of the fun. Once there you have a few minutes to take photos by the train and a brief wander up and down the platform before heading back to Ludborough. The train journey is approx. 15 minutes either way with approx. 10 minutes rest at North Thoresby.
Don’t forget to wander down to the engine shed at Ludborough to see the other engines.
The photo below shows the café at Ludborough on the left and a carriage from the train that was running that day on the right. It’s hard to tell the difference.
Special event days
The Lincolnshire Wolds railway holds a great range of special event days. You can scroll through their calendar to see what is on and when. This is also a great link to follow if you’re looking for general running days. They also have a PDF which you can download. Some of the events they hold are ghost trains for Halloween, bonfire night special, Santa specials, teddy bear days and much more.
How much is a train ride at Ludborough?
As mentioned above please check out their website for opening days as they have limited running days. Unlimited day travel tickets are just £7.00 for an adult, £5 for seniors, £4 for a child and under 3’s travel free. You can purchase a Family ticket (for two adults and up to four children) for £18.
Why not check out this post if you are looking for more days out ideas in Lincolnshire – 200 Great Family Friendly Things to do in Lincolnshire – Days out
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