Santa Trains... Sold Out!

All tickets for this years Santa Specials have now been sold. If you would like to be added to a waiting list, and be contacted in the event of any cancellations, please contact our office via the contact page. For those still on the lookout for something festive to do, details of our mince pie specials, which run between 29th Dec and 3rd Jan will be available soon.


Last few seats for Santa Trains

We have less than 15 tables remaining for our Santa trains, therefore they are now only bookable by phone, so if you do want to join us, give us a ring during office hours, 09:30 - 14:30 on Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday.



Following the recent failure of 6989 'Wightwick Hall', we are thrilled to announce a replacement engine has been sourced to operate the Santa Specials this year, 7822 'Foxcote Manor'. The locomotive is seen here being unloaded at Shackerstone this afternoon.

We are extremely grateful to the Foxcote Manor Society and the West Somerset Railway for making the locomotive available at short notice.

It is hoped the locomotive will operate some of our post-Christmas services and details will be published shortly.


Photo- Adrian Lock



Last call for the Santa Express...

All our Gold & Silver experiences have now sold out, and have less than 30 tables left on our bronze carriages. These are likely to sell out in the next few days, so if you want to join Santa and his elves on board, act fast to avoid disappointment.


Extra Santa Trains!!!

Due to unprecedented demand, we have managed to add two additional services to this years Santa services. We now have a 0945 service on the 5th and 12th December and is bookable now, book fast though as spaces are limited and sure to sell out quickly...


Steam Cancelled This Weekend

We regret to inform everyone that steam locomotive 6989 "Wightwick Hall" has failed. Therefore this weekends services will be covered by class 20 diesel locomotive D8110 on Saturday (including the fish and chip special) and the Heritage Railcar will operate Sunday's services. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.



Fish & Chip Train SOLD OUT

The final fish and chip train of 2021 is now sold out, bringing an end to our catering trains this year. Keep checking the website over the coming months for details of out 2022 catering trains.


October Carvery SOLD OUT

Our carvery in October is now sold out. We still have some tickets available for this Sunday's diesel hauled carvery service, and very limited numbers of tickets for the steam hauled October fish and chip train. Book now to avoid disappointment!



Santa Specials Booking Fast...

Some of our Santa Special trains are now almost sold out, so if you want to book for this years experience, don't hang about and take a look at what we still have available here.


Market Bosworth Re-opens!

Our intermediate station at Market Bosworth is now open again for public use. You can now join the train or break/end your journey at Market Bosworth on all our operating days (except Santa Specials). You may notice that the area is still under re-development, with many exciting changes happening over the next few years as we continue to improve the visitor attraction at this important railway station.


Footplate & Food Updates...

We are thrilled to announce the return of our footplate ride & experience packages, and for the first time in many years we are offering them on our heritage diesels, as well as on our steam locomotive. Further details and purchase options are available in the shop section of the website now.

Once you purchase an experience, our office team will be in touch to book you in. If you have already purchased an experience (and been unable to redeem due to covid-19 restrictions) and not yet heard from our team, please do get in touch and we will schedule you in ASAP.

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Fish and Chips

New dates have now been confirmed for fish & chip trains, and for our on-board carvery service - see the special events page for more details. We will be getting in touch with those that booked for our cancelled 2020 fish and chip trains soon to rebook onto one of these dates. They are very popular, so book quickly to avoid disappointment.

29th August : On-board carvery - Steam Hauled

4th September : Fish & Chip Train - Diesel Hauled

19th September : On-board carvery - Diesel Hauled

10th October : On-board carvery - Steam Hauled

30th October : Fish & Chip Train - Steam Hauled



Full steam ahead!

Starting on Saturday 31st July, and throughout August, all WEEKEND trains are steam hauled!

In addition to this, we are now running midweek on Tuesdays, as well as Wednesdays throughout August, so there is now even more opportunities to come and enjoy a day at Leicestershire's best kept secret...


The locomotive roster for the 2021 season is now available on the Timetable & Fares page.


Following the government's recent decision's regarding covid-19 legislation, and the easing of restrictions, we are pleased to announce that our standard train tickets are once again valid for all-day travel.

Any passengers who have already pre-booked their standard tickets for upcoming trains will also be able to travel all day on the date specified on their ticket, not just the specific departure time indicated.

In light of this announcement, journey's can now also begin at any of our stations - although Market Bosworth is currently still closed, but will be reopening very soon - watch this space!

We would like to remind all our customers that our cleaning policies and other "covid-19 safe" systems are still in place, and we would encourage the use of masks still in crowded areas and in our open coaches.

We hope to welcome you on-board again soon...


Why not treat yourself to a roast dinner with a difference?

On Sunday 25th July we will be offering something new on the menu for one day only from our on board griddle car... "Carvery‐on-Crompton", celebrating the classic English roast dinner whilst riding behind our heritage diesel class 33 locomotive. Enjoy a giant Yorkshire pudding, full of roast chicken, English beef, roast potatoes, stuffing, seasonal vegetables and accompanied with lashings of hot gravy.

Just £7.95 per person, bookable in advance to guarantee your meal, and limited availability on the day.

Standard train fare tickets must be bought in addition to the meal tickets. Served on the 12:30, 14:00 and 15:30 departures.

Book online or call our office on 01827 880754 on Tuesday or Friday.



Today we have transitioned fully to our new design website. We hope you enjoy the fresh new feel, with integrated shop and booking system. If you have any queries or suggestions regarding the new site, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

In the meantime, we would like to announce our shop on platform 2 at Shackerstone is now selling a range of ice cream's which are incredibly welcome in the hot weather.


Our heritage diesel railcar is out today, and this weekends locomotive is GWR 6989 Wightwick Hall (Steam locomotive)


This weekends roster is as follows:

Saturday 10th July - Heritage Diesel Railcar

Sunday 11th July - Class 33, 33201


Our new website has now been launched. Initially used only as an online shop, our main website is now transitioning onto this new platform (no pun intended!). Keep checking back to see further updates.