Elsecar Heritage Railway
A great afternoon out for all the family, with regular services on a Sunday afternoon and special events, like Cream Tea Specials, Halloween and Santa too.
Our railway is the former 1850 Elsecar Branch of the South Yorkshire Railway. The single track mineral line ran from Else- car to Mexborough, via Cortonwood, serving local collieries and ironworks. Earl Fitzwilliam, of Wentworth Woodhouse, ran pri- vate trains from his own station at Elsecar, with the future King Edward VII a regular passenger to Doncaster races. The branch closed in 1984 when Cortonwood Colliery shut. Barnsley Coun- cil reopened the railway as part of the Elsecar Heritage Centre in 1994, naming their first engine Earl Fitzwilliam. In 2006 Elsecar Heritage Railway was formed to run regular heritage train ser- vices on one mile of line to Hemingfield. The railway is now re- laying a further mile of track, reinstating the line to Cortonwood.
Enjoy a ride on the train, soaking up the atmosphere of local rail travel of 50+ years ago behind one of our heritage steam or diesel engines. Visit our buffet, shop and museum too.
Every fancied driving a steam or diesel engine? We run Foot- plate Experience Courses from Easter to October. Book in and find out what it was like to be engine crew. The courses make great gifts for a special occasion.
Why not consider volunteering too?, with a job for everyone Elsecar Heritage Railway opens the doors to many new adven- tures.
We look forward to seeing you soon for a warm welcome at Elsecar Heritage Railway.