Lincolnshire Wolds Railway

Preserving Lincolnshire's Railway Heritage

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Vol 1: Branch Lines of East Lincolnshire
Louth to Bardney by A.J. Ludlam

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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.

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

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

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The Society is the fundraising arm of the
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