Lincolnshire Wolds Railway

Preserving Lincolnshire's Railway Heritage

Santa Specials

A Special Day Out For All The Family!

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Situated in a beautiful part of Lincolnshire

…in countryside between the Wolds and the coast, LWR is only a short distance from Grimsby, the seaside resort of Cleethorpes and the historic market town of Louth. The railway operates on a stretch of line that was once part of
the Great Northern route from Boston to Grimsby.

After the last section of line was closed by BR in 1980, a preservation society was formed with the aim of restoring it. Hamish-Wilkinson-3Heritage steam trains once again run between Ludborough and North Thoresby and work is now in progress to extend the line southwards towards Louth. What visitors to the railway see today is a result of all the time and effort that a small, but dedicated band of volunteers have put in over many years.

A Brief History

On 16 April 1845, the East Lincolnshire Railway published their proposals for a railway and work started on the line in early 1847. The  first train to run along it was for Directors and other VIPs on 17 September 1847. It covered the 14 miles distance from Louth Keddington Road to Grimsby in 20 minutes and was eventually opened for passenger traffic on 1 March 1848. Read more You can read more about the history line on this page.

Visit LWR

With free admission and parking, wheelchair access on LWR trains, we are proud to be a family friendly line offering a great day out for young and old alike. Re-live the golden days of steam by visiting LWR on one of our Running Days when you can buy a ticket to travel the 1 1/2 miles between the fully restored Ludborough station to North Thoresby. More information on visiting and what else we have available can be found here.

Santa with gift voucher

headerMeet Santa at the Station – children receive a gift!

Saturday 6th December • Sunday 7th December • Saturday 13th December • Sunday 14th December
Trains at 10.30am, 12.30pm & 2.30pm each day
£8.00  Children aged 12 and under (including a quality present) £8.00 Adults (13 and over)

Santa will distribute presents to children from his Grotto after the ride. Refreshments will be available in our Buffet Car. All tickets must be pre-booked.
Children will only be allocated seats if they are aged 2 or over.

To request your place on the Santa Special, you can use the LWR printable form that you can post to the address supplied – to aid us and yourself, please fill in all the details. Tickets will be sent by post after 30th September.

For extra information you can either telephone the office on 01507 363881 or email

In the event of a cancellation, a refund will only be made providing the seats can be resold. An administration charge of £1 will apply.

The company reserve the right to cancel or alter the programme for operational reasons without notice.

Lincolnshire Wolds Railway
Ludborough Station,
Station Road, 
Lincolnshire, DN36 5SQ

Great Northern & East Lincolnshire Railway Ltd.
Registered in England No: 1552205.
Telephone: 01507 363881

Lincolnshire Wolds Railway Society
The Society is the fundraising arm of the
Lincolnshire Wolds Railway.
Find out more about the society at

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