Why come on an ordinary day, when you can come and enjoy a special event? The 2017 Events programme is bigger than ever, with someting for everyone!
16th/17th APRIL: Meet the Easter Bunny. Take a selfy with the Biggest Bunny in Bedfordshire. And we mean big! Then join in the hunt for free Easter eggs. New for 2017 is a 1940s-themed cafe at Page's Park station. Not forgetting War Department 778, our First World War steam engine making its first appearance on passenger trains in its centenary year.
LATE NEWS: On Monday 17th, we will be running our preserved 10RB quarry digger and a train of authentic wagons, to recreate the way sand was dug out and transported in a different era. There will be two passenger trains in service all day, so if you want to spend a little longer discovering Stonehenge Works station, out in the rolling Bedfordshire countryside, please be our guests.
Some trains over the Easter weekend are already full. Don't be disappointed--book online now!
30th APRIL/1st MAY: Anything Goes. If it can move, it very probably will, some time over the weekend! Also experience Great War goods wagon rides at Stonehenge Works station, plus extra passenger trains.
28th/29th MAY: Teddy Bears' Bank Holiday. Fun with bears, and accompanied children who bring their bears for a ride will travel free.
3rd/4th JUNE: The Buzzrail Ale Trail. Celebrating the rise of locally brewed craft beers, with bars at both ends of the line.Extra early evening trains to allow more relaxed drinking time. On the Saturday, travel by D1 local bus (Narrow-Gauge Railway stop) from the main-line station or connecting town-centre bus stops.
10th/11th JUNE: Steam, Comic & Culture Festival
18th JUNE: Fathers' Day. Treat Dad to a free ride with a steam engine driver.
25th JUNE: Vintage Vehicles Rally. The latest run of our hugely popular event,
2nd JULY: MEET PADDINGTON BEAR! At intervals during the day. Special timetable applies.
29th JULY: Canal Festival: Combine the best in local transport heritage in one day.
9th/10th SEPTEMBER: Iron Warhorse Centenary. Two of our locomotives, War Department Light Railways 778 and 2182, which served in the Great War battlefields and survived, celebrate their centenaries. Also rides on WW1 goods wagons at Stonehenge Works.
17th SEPTEMBER: Bedfordshire Walking Week
24th SEPTEMBER: Sand & Motor Cycles. Our annual rally of motor-cycles old and new, plus trade stands, and live music, with extra train departures.
30th SEPTEMBER/1st OCTOBER: Fifty Not Out. Celebrating the first half-century of the volunteer-led society which runs this unique railway. We aim to have at least 10 locos in steam, so watch this space for details!
8th OCTOBER: Seniors Go Free Day. Must be accompanied by a fare-paying Child.
15th OCTOBER: Diesels Day.
22nd OCTOBER: Princesses & Pirates Dress-Up Day. Free travel for accompanied children who have dressed for the occasion.
28th OCTOBER: Steam Glow. Take a steam train ride to an atmospheric evening phtoto-shoot. Special timetable and fares apply. Note there is no daytime service.
29th OCTOBER: Small Engines Day
12th NOVEMBER: Remembrance Sunday
DECEMBER: Christmas Steam!
We will post more details as they become available. Watch this space!
Please note that money-off vouchers and other external promotions will not be available on the event days shown above. All events and displays may be subject to alteration or cancellation.
Look out also for these popular side-attractions.
The Engine Shed Show
Free guided tours of the engine shed at Page's Park, with lots of information and pictures about our surprising history, and the chance to get close-up to the engines not being used on the passenger service.Operates every Sunday and Bank Holiday, subject to volunteers being available.
Quarry Digger Displays
Come and see how sand was dug out and transported in the local quarries, using our restored 10RB excavator, and authentic locomotives and tipping wagons.
Our 7.25 inch track at Stonehenge Works, for working scale-model locomotives and trains, will also be in regular use on selected operating days, offering free rides to passengers from the "main" railway. This has been extended during the winter, so come and take a slightly longer ride in 2017.
In addition to the outdoor events, we will be using the Margaret Moore Community Room, at Page's Park station, for indoor activities throughout the season. We also hire out this facility--contact us for details.