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Keeping the age of steam alive!

Entirely by Dedicated Volunteers!

About Us

Situated in a beautiful part of Lincolnshire in countryside between the Wolds and the coast, LWR is only a short distance from Grimsby, the seaside resort of Cleethorpes and the historic market town of Louth. The railway operates on a stretch of line that was once part of the Great Northern route from Boston to Grimsby.

After the last section of line was closed by BR in 1980, a preservation society was formed with the aim of restoring it. Heritage steam trains once again run between Ludborough and North Thoresby and work is now in progress to extend the line southwards towards Louth. What visitors to the railway see today is a result of all the time and effort that a small, but dedicated band of volunteers have put in over many years.

We are the only standard gauge heritage steam railway in Lincolnshire. It is very important to us to keep our heritage line running and keeping steam alive, we are living history with a purpose to recreate and preserve railway scenes of the past.

We look forward to welcoming you to our friendly railway.


This stretch of track which was once part of the Great Northern Route opened on 1st March 1848 to passenger traffic. It became known as the East Lincolnshire line and was operated by the Great Northern Railway Company. The railway became very important for the local community and the transportation of goods. Following the nationalisation of the railway in 1948, a series of closures of smaller stations paved the way to the final closure of the line in December 1980. A lot of hard work and determination from a group of dedicated volunteers has allowed a short section of the railway to be reopened.


The running, restoration and maintenance of the railway are all carried out by volunteers at LWR. They are the lifeblood of our organisation.

Volunteering gives you the opportunity to meet new people from all walks of life and gain new skills. There is a wide choice of jobs covering every aspect of the railway’s activities.


Volunteers at the railway are working hard to improve the visitor experience, with further customer facilities being put in place. The ultimate goal is to extend the track to Louth to the original station and fundraising is in progress to help the society to achieve this aim. You can help! Join us in our ‘Making tracks for Louth’ campaign and help us to replace the infrastructure needed to allow trains to once again steam into Louth.


At Lincolnshire Wolds Railway, you will find a variety of diesel and steam engines that will transport you along the line. On special days, look out for our guest locos chiugging up and down the track. Travel in style in our restored carriages for a truly authentic experience.

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