Notice to all Customers and visitors

Barnsley Council is committed to securing a future for a heritage railway in Elsecar. It's a much-loved place and a real asset for the village and its industrial heritage.

Working closely with the Trustees of Elsecar Heritage Railway, Barnsley Council are putting plans in place with partners, volunteers and the local community to explore options for the future and to find out what people would like to see. This will involve consultations, workshops and planning sessions, details of which will be announced in the forthcoming weeks. They will also look at future volunteering opportunities to support the project.

Although the railway is currently closed, hard work has taken place to evaluate the condition of the site, its buildings and railway equipment. Based on these evaluations, it has been determined that some rolling stock and equipment will be leaving the Elsecar Heritage Railway site in the forthcoming days. These have either come to the end of their working life, are no longer in use at the railway or are not expected to be used in the future.

Elsecar Heritage Centre has reopened to the public and continues to welcome visitors old and new. The independent shops, studios, cafes, beer tap and antiques centre offers a safe, relaxing and unique retail experience, and a truly unique day out.

Elsecar Heritage Railway new website on track and arriving very soon

We are sorry for the inconvenience but our website is currently undergoing an overhaul down in the train shed.

Therefore not all features on this site are working. Call 01226 740203 for all enquiries please come back soon.

Get your hands on our engines and bring a smile to every coal covered face

This unique hands on experience course allows you to meet, fire and drive one of our locomotives.

Like to meet new people ask us about volunteering

At EHR our railway is a 100% voluntary organisation therefore we depend on the generosity and skills of our volunteers, there's a role for everyone.

Ride a bit of Yorkshire History at Elsecar Heritage Railway.

Drop into our Elsecar Station for a warm Yorkshire welcome and join us on Sundays for our regular passenger rides

EHR footplate experience


Elsecar Heritage Railway Footplate Experience

Make a dream come true and give someone the thrill of driving an engine? Our footplate experiences are very popular and bound to bring a smile to every coal covered face.

Steam & Diesel Available

For all enquiries or bookings please call 01226 740203

EHR become a member


Become a member and have your say on our railway

EHR is a membership charitable company. Members can vote to influence the company's direction. Membership is open to all from 18 years old who support the objects of the charitable company.

Great Members Benefits

Come and see us at the station or please call 01226 740203

EHR our volunteers


Like to meet new people ask us about volunteering

At EHR our railway is a 100% voluntary organisation therefore we depend on the generosity of our volunteers to not only keep the railway running but also to enable us to expand and grow. We always need extra help there's a role for everyone.

Come along, share your skills Ask about joining at the station or call 01226 740203


Ride a bit of Yorkshire history and drop into our Elsecar Station for a warm Yorkshire welcome.

Elsecar Heritage Railway has its roots in the South Yorkshire coal industry when, in 1850, the line was built to carry iron and coal from Elsecar to Mexborough. Sadly, the engines made their final runs in 1964 when Cortonwood Colliery closed.

In 2006, Elsecar Heritage Railway was formed to breathe new life into the line. Originally running from Elsecar to Hemingfield a 2014 lottery granted started the process of re-laying the track to Cortonwood. Operated and maintained, like many other Heritage Railways, by a team of volunteers, it offers you the opportunity to relive the age of steam. And, for the younger generation it is an excellent way to get up close to a real engine for the first time.

Come along and drop into our Elsecar Station for a real, warm Yorkshire welcome. Join us on Sunday afternoons for our regular passenger train rides, meet the crew, see the trains and explore the station and history of Elsecar Heritage Railway.

A great place for the family and enthusiast to visit.

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News & Events From Elsecar Heritage Railway

Keep up to date on all the news and events happening at Elsecar Heritage Railway. We have a real mix of events throughout the year that are fun for all ages. Elsecar Heritage Railway is a great place for the family and enthusiast to visit.

Do Not Trespass On The Railway!

It is illegal to trespass on a railway line. The Line is regularly patrolled by South Yorkshire Police and 24 Hour Monitored CCTV.

All Aboard!! – 1st March 2020 reopening

All aboard!! Following our planned maintenance we are reopening and offering our passenger services on 1st March 2020, come and join us from 11 am

Aaron Luckarift - Heritage Railway Association Awards 2020

Heritage Railway Association Awards 2020

The Heritage Railway Association hosts an annual award evening every year to celebrate the achievements of volunteers and Heritage Railways throughout the UK

Elsecar Heritage Railway Gallery

You can be sure of a warm Yorkshire welcome as well as the opportunity to ride on and experience the 'magic' and 'character' of our historic engines and carriages.

EHR royal visit 2015
EHR Steam Train on track

“Had a lovely time on the Santa train my nephews loved it. The staff make it fun and they are all friendly, and the presents are really nice”

“WHat a jewel right here in Yorkshire went today had a fantastic day and the Steam footplate experience is well worth doing, i got to drive a 040 saddle tank engine built in 1948...

“Great little Railway. Good footplate experience!”

“We had our first ride on the santa special yesterday with our just turned 2 year old. It was magical from start to finish and we had the best time!...”

Mr Smith & Family

Footplate experience

“Amazing experience i love it a lot. Thanks to the team that dreams come true, great! I appreciate their attitude and approach. Truly professional!”

Contact us

Please contact us for all enquiries by filling the contact form below or call us at the following number: 01226 740203

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Contact Us

Like to learn more about EHR, have any questions, or simply want to let us know what you think of EHR please contact us:

T. 01226 740203


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