the perfect place for a group trip or corporate away day.

You hire the train and we're sure we give you a day full of memories.


ELSECAR Heritage Railway, the perfect place for a group trip, corporate away day or inclusive family experience.

With our unique collection of historic diesel and industrial steam locomotives, our mile long line which reflects South Yorkshire’s proud mining heritage and our friendly team of volunteers, we’re sure we give you a day full of memories.

Since 2010, our line has been host to hundreds of guest drivers who take to the controls of one of our engines under careful supervision, giving many a chance to ‘live the dream’. Driving and firing a steam locomotive, or getting to grips with an historic diesel, requires teamwork so can be a lot of fun for groups! Our volunteers are on hand to show you the ropes and soon it’ll be like you’ve done it for years. As you can see in the testimonial below, everyone can have a go!

"Profit& is a management consultancy which converts corporate complexity into innovative business planning and costing solutions. We work on client site or from home and, to ensure we get to know each other, we organise a quarterly internal training event. To get to Elsecar we came from all over: Gdansk, Rome, Surrey, Birmingham, Manchester, and St Neots. One of our mantras is "have fun at work" so we also occasionally have a team building event. Learning to drive a steam engine is a dream for many, so in a light bulb moment I thought of Elsecar Heritage Railway (EHR) and agreed a programme for a morning. Everybody had 40 minutes on the footplate, and there was plenty of time for a guided tour of the museum and the shed. EHR even organised a light buffet lunch for us. Fantastic!

If you need a team building event at a reasonable cost then I can't recommend EHR more highly. The proof is in the smiles when they found out about the event, followed by face splitting grins as they get off the footplate."

For those groups who wish to take things a little gentler, we can provide a beautiful cream tea within our restored 1950s carriages or a buffet within our recreated station from the period. With our Yorkshire Heritage and Yorkshire Hospitality we like nothing better than seeing people enjoying our railway so climb onboard your corporate chartered 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

Our dedicated team will work with you to secure an experience which reflects your desires and budget. It’s all about giving you unforgettable memories.

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


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