The country railway at the heart of rural England...
There’s so much more to see and do on the Battlefield Line than first meets the eye. Climb aboard one of our trains and you’re transported back in time on an historical journey, courtesy of a country railway in the heart of rural England.
The Battlefield Line is the last remaining part of the former Ashby and Nuneaton Joint Railway which was opened in 1873. It runs from Shackerstone via Market Bosworth to Shenton in Leicestershire and is operated by the Shackerstone Railway Society.
Shackerstone Station is at the northern end of the line, and is the headquarters of the railway with museum, Victorian tea room souvenir shop, loco shed and main rolling stock located here. There is ample free parking, and the Ashby Canal is just a stones throw away.
Our remarkable railway captures the very essence of a country line, with steam, diesel and railcar train services along with small stations meandering along a single track line. It really does convey something of the feeling and atmosphere of heady days past.
For anyone who retains a sense of nostalgia for times gone by, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at this place - one of Leicestershire’s best kept secrets, not just a train ride but a journey into history as well.
Whether you visit us on one of our special event days or on a more quieter day there is plenty to see and do on your visit. Why not extend your stay and join us for the weekend many of our special events run for several days and there is also plenty of other attractions near by to suit all generations.
Public train services for 2022 will begin towards the end of March, exact dates still TBC.
Our cafe's at Shackerstone and Shenton remain open as usual.
We would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that The Battlefield Line remains an operational railway, with engineering trains in action, so please do not trespass on the railway at any time. Thank You.