Lincolnshire Wolds Railway

Preserving Lincolnshire's Railway Heritage


2019 Events

and Steam Running Days

Next running on 30th June


Become a member and get 3 days free travel at LWR during the year
and 25% discount off travel at other times!

We're Making Tracks For Louth


We're Making Tracks For Louth


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. 3 men in discussion on footplateHeritage 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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News Clippings


“Just Lovely”  Thank you so much for a lovely few hours … more

“Wonderful day with the Railway” Special times with my family made so enjoyable … more

“Such a friendly railway” We visited this preserved railway today and were greeted like long lost friends. … more

“Quaint steam railway” …the only standard gauge steam railway in Lincolnshire. Really picturesque… more

“Excellent lovely enjoyable day” …I took my wife and 2 year old on the trains christmas special. I thought it was brilliant… more

“Can’t fault them for effort!” …I am a frequent visitor to preserved railways… more

“Just lovely” …Had another trip today, supporting a small group of adults with a learning disability…. more

“Friendly and jolly Santa Special was a real bargain” …We will certainly be back for their other events throughout the year. more

Watch this great video!

Lincolnshire Wolds Railway Ludborough Station, Station Road, Ludborough, Lincolnshire, DN36 5SQ.  Tel: 01507 363881

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

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

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