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“Small But Beautifully Formed”

Lincolnshire Wolds Railway
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Heritage Steam Railway situated just off the A16 between Louth and Grimsby. Trains currently run from Ludborough to North Thoresby - the return journey takes 35 minutes. Free parking is available at Ludborough station, where there is a shop, museum and buffet which serves a range of home-made fare and light refreshments.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 5 May 2014

Such a buzzing friendly atmosphere with all age groups mixing well and enjoying a day out. Immaculately presented ex-BR Mk2 rolling stock provides spacious seating accommodation and great views with an exceptionally smooth ride for a preserved railway. The 2 stations clearly receive a lot of TLC and you don't begrudge the £7 train ticket (50p supplement for card payments). The stunning Wolds scenery is a joy to behold from the moving train and the stationary buffet car at Ludborough station. The push to reopen through to Louth is to be commended as it's such a pretty town worthy of better public transport access - Beeching's closure of this line was a folly given the amount of traffic on the A16/A18 in the general vicinity.

Date of experience: May 2014
8  Thank scotsjimbo
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

I first discovered this railway several years ago when it was in its infancy, consisting of little more than an Engine Shed and sidings littered with rather decrepit rolling stock. It was a non-operating day but nevertheless I was welcomed by one of the volunteers and shown around the Engine Shed.

Last Monday, I attended the Easter Steam Gala. Four small engines were hard at work, including a notable visiting loco (30585) which had persuaded me to make the visit. The people of Lincolnshire were out in force and everybody seemed to be enjoying their visit. Ludborough station boasts two new buildings, the main one being a combined Shop & Museum. There is also a Buffet Coach with excellent range of snacks, hot and cold AND an extra coach in which to eat.

The line now extends northwards for about 1.5 miles to the village of North Thoresby. Line speed is no more than 15 mph, so you have plenty of time to view the landscape.
A Round Trip takes about 45 minutes, so it's eminently suitable for families with young children.

The volunteer staff are really friendly and proud of their efforts in restoring a little piece of the main line from Grimsby to London. They're ambitious too and hope to extend southwards to the nearly town of Louth where, miraculously, the old station and its North signalbox are both preserved. (Sadly there's an Industrial Estate AND housing blocking the trackbed....)
AND I almost forgot to say that there was a DOG footplating one of the engines; I've never seen that before!!

This is a great project and it deserves to succeed. Do try to visit it!

Date of experience: April 2014
5  Thank David H
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Reviewed 24 February 2014

I come from South Devon and have been spoilt because we have the Dart valley railway nearby running from Buckfastleigh to Totnes, it runs along the River Dart and is blessed with some of the most beautiful scenery in England but it started from nothing and has been steadily improving for many years. The Lincolnshire Wolds Railway is still in its infancy and when I visited it last summer I was very impressed with the fantastic progress and the dedication and hard work of the volunteers, it can only get better and better and will always be worth a visit. congratulations and well done.
Steve.
Ashburton, Devon

Date of experience: July 2013
4  Thank stephen a
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Reviewed 1 February 2014 via mobile

A bit of fun. Something a bit different. Like going back in time. Fun for all the family both young and old. Very interesting. Great effort from all the volunteers that keep this wonderful piece of British heritage going. Would recommend.

Date of experience: November 2013
4  Thank Stneotspaul
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Reviewed 1 February 2014

I travelled on the Santa Train at Christmas and it was a memorable experience.
All the children seemed to be enjoying themselves and taking part in the entertainment on the train.
Santa gave the excited children their presents and gave mums & dads plenty of time to take memorable photographs.

This a very special seasonal family event that is the start of Christmas for us.

Date of experience: December 2013
5  Thank Angela C
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