The Lincolnshire Wolds Railway is located in Ludborough, not too far from Grimsby. It is run by the Lincs Wolds Railway Society and all staff are unpaid volunteers. Ludborough is a working steam railway museum which is open only on Tuesdays and most Saturdays and Sundays.
There is no entry fee, but you do pay a small fee for a ride on the train which is pulled by a genuine historic steam engine.The current price is £8,00 return or £4,00 one way per adut with concessions for children and senior citizens. You are not obliged to take the train ride and if you opt not to, there is no other charge and you are free to explore the station complex.
The trip wil take you from Ludborough to North Thoresby on part of the old line that used to be part of the Great Northern route from Boston to Grimsby on a line closed down by Dr Beeching in the 1960s.
There is a smal cafe buil from a converted railway carriage serving light refreshments and homemade fare, but no hot meals. There is a small Museum located within the old station building and a small gift/souvenir shop selling railway related merchandise.
You can also visit the engine sheds to see the volunteers working on the steam engines. The highlight of your trip will be a return ride in an old historic railway carriage pulled by a genuine stream engine. You can get off at North Thoresby for a few minutes to take pictures.
The Society also offers you the chance to ride on the footplate of a steam engine, or help to operate the signals in the old signal box but there is an additional charge of something like £20 - £25 per person. All money raised is put towards extending the existing line to make the ride even longer.
The Society also holds special 'themed' events such as: Easter Steam Gala, 1940s Weekend, and Santa Specials.
There is a large free car park, but donations are welcomed.
If you are in the area, perhaps on holiday in nearby Cleethorpes and are stuck for something to do, you cannot go wrong by vsitring this attraction. All of the volunteer staff are very friendly and helpful and can assist disabled visitors to enjoy their tip as an abled bodied visitor would,
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