Our heritage carriages make the perfect venue for a celebration.

You hire the train, we run it for you and you fix up the party within the carriages.


Did you know that you can charter a train from us? Lets get the party started.

Our heritage carriages make the perfect venue for a celebration.  Whether a birthday party, wedding trip, a life remembered, a graduation, a retirement or just needing an excuse for a party, we are happy to help.

You hire the charter train, we run the train for you, and you fix up the party within the carriages. As this will be your train, we can be flexible in timings to meet your special requirements. Steam hauled trains, diesel locomotives and static carriages are all available. We can arrange for the guest of honour to visit the footplate too.

From our “Toad” Guard’s Van for 16 people, to our four heritage carriages, which accommodate up to 200 people, we can carry parties of all sizes. A train charter can be for one departure or even all day. We can also accommodate group bookings on our scheduled Sunday afternoon trains.

With our Yorkshire Heritage and Yorkshire Hospitality we like nothing better than seeing people enjoying our railway so climb onboard for your party train and let us make Elsecar Heritage Railway part of your special day!

  • Catering
  • Entertainment
  • Accessibility

Our station kitchen is not currently equipped for food preparation, so we use outside caterers for buffets and hot food. We can arrange catering through our partners, or we are happy for you to bring along your own buffets or picnics. Our carriages have a food hygiene approved servery, and we are happy to make hot drinks, and assist in serving food. Alcohol is permitted on our charters.


We work with Amateur Dramatics Groups and Musicians to provide our own events.  We are happy to discuss your requirements with these partners should you need our help.


Our heritage carriages are from the 1950s and designed before accessibility needs were fully appreciated, therefore we can only offer access for wheelchair users to our passenger train Guard’s Van area.

Cost and Engine Type

Please let us know your requirements and we will work out a price for you. Steam trains may cost considerably more than a diesel train. Depending on operating requirements steam engines may be supported by a diesel too. Charter trains do not incur VAT.

“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!”

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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

E. enquiries@elsecarheritagerailway.co.uk

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