Steam Railway events guide

 
The South Devon Railway marked the 60th anniversary of the last timetabled passenger train on the Totnes-Ashburton branch on November 1. ‘Small Prairie’ No. 5542 – carrying a commemorative headboard – approaches Buckfastleigh with the 1pm service from Totnes Riverside. It also carried the headboard for one train on the anniversary of the final special train, two days later. D.W.V. HUNT

The South Devon Railway marked the 60th anniversary of the last timetabled passenger train on the Totnes-Ashburton branch on November 1. ‘Small Prairie’ No. 5542 – carrying a commemorative headboard – approaches Buckfastleigh with the 1pm service from Totnes Riverside. It also carried the headboard for one train on the anniversary of the final special train, two days later. D.W.V. HUNT

Your handy, all-in-one events guide

Here are all the events, galas happening on preserved railways around the country in the next month*. Check back here in four weeks' time for more events.

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Galas & Enthusiast Events

December

29/30 Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway – Christmas Cracker
29/30 West Somerset Railway – Winter Steam Festival
30 Bodmin & Wenford Railway – Winter Steam Up

Real Ale Events

December

8 Llangollen Railway – Real Ale Train

Santa Specials

December

4-9, 11-16 & 18-23 Brecon Mountain Railway – Santa Specials
6-9 & 13-23 Dartmoor Railway – The Train to Christmas Town
6-9 & 13-23 Mid-Norfolk Railway – Polar Express
6-9 & 13-23 Weardale Railway – The Train to Christmas Town
7-9, 14-16 & 20-24 Kirklees Light Railway – Santa Specials
7 South Devon Railway – Carols Down the Line
8/9, 12 & 15/16 Aln Valley Railway – Santa Specials
8/9 & 15/16 Amberley Museum – Father Christmas
8/9, 15/16 & 22-24 Amerton Railway – Santa Specials
8/9, 15/16 & 22-24 Avon Valley Railway – Santa Steam Specials
8/9 Bala Lake Railway – Santa’s Annual Visit
8/9, 15/16 & 21-24 Battlefield Line – Santa Specials
8/9, 15/16 & 22-24 Bluebell Railway – Santa Specials
8/9, 15/16 & 21-24 Bodmin & Wenford Railway – Santa by Steam
8/9, 15/16 & 22/23 Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway – Santa Trains
8/9, 15/16 & 21-24 Bressingham – Christmas Visits
8/9, 15/16 & 22/23 Buckinghamshire Railway Centre – Festive Days Out with Thomas
8, 15 & 22 Cambrian Heritage Railways (Oswestry) – Christmas Trains
8/9, 15/16 & 21-24 Chasewater Railway – Santa Specials
8/9, 15/16, 20 & 22/23 Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway – Santa Steam
8/9, 15/16 & 22/23 Cholsey & Wallingford Railway – Santa Specials
8/9, 12, 15/16 & 19-23 Churnet Valley Railway – Santa & Steam
8/9, 15/16 & 20-24 Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway – Santa Specials
8/9, 15/16 & 21-23 Colne Valley Railway – Steam with Santa
8/9 Corris Railway – Santa Steam Trains
8/9, 11, 15/16, 18 & 20-23 Dartmouth Steam Railway – Train of Lights
8/9, 15/16 & 20-24 Dartmouth Steam Railway – Santa Express
8/9, 15/16 & 22-24 Dean Forest Railway – Santa Specials
8/9, 15/16 & 22/23 Derwent Valley Light Railway – Santa Specials
8/9, 15/16 & 22/23 Didcot Railway Centre – Festive Days Out with Thomas
8/9, 15/16 & 22/23 Downpatrick & County Down Railway – Christmas Trains
8/9, 15/16 & 22-24 East Kent Railway – Santa by Train
8/9, 15/16 & 21-24 East Lancashire Railway – Santa Specials
8/9, 15/16 & 22-24 East Somerset Railway – Santa Specials
8/9, 15/16 & 19-24 Ecclesbourne Valley Railway – Festive Train Rides
8/9, 15/16 & 21-23 Elsecar Heritage Railway – Santa Specials
8/9, 11, 15/16 & 21-24 Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway – Santa Specials
8/9, 15/16 & 20-24 Epping Ongar Railway – Santa Specials
8/9, 15/16 & 22/23 Evesham Vale Light Railway – Santa Specials
8/9, 15/16 & 22/23 Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways – Santa Trains
8/9 Fife Heritage Railway – Santa Express Special
8/9, 15/16 & 20-24 Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway – Santa Specials
8/9, 12, 15/16 & 19-24 Great Central Railway – Santa Specials
8/9, 15/16 & 22-24 Great Central Railway (Nottingham) – Santa Specials
8/9, 15/16 & 22-24 Gwili Railway – Santa’s Magical Steam Trains
8/9, 15/16 & 20-23 Helston Railway – Santa Specials
8/9, 15/16 & 21-24 Isle of Wight Steam Railway – Santa Specials
8/9, 15/16 & 22-24 Keighley & Worth Valley Railway – Santa Steam Specials
8/9, 15/16 & 22/23 Keith & Dufftown Railway – Santa Specials
8/9, 15/16 & 21-24 Kent & East Sussex Railway – Santa Specials
8/9 & 15/16 Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway – Santa Specials
8/9, 12, 15/16 & 19-24 Leighton Buzzard Railway – Santa Specials
8/9 & 15/16 Lincolnshire Wolds Railway – Santa Specials
8/9, 15/16 & 22 Llanberis Lake Railway – Santa Specials
8/9, 13-16 & 18-24 Llangollen Railway – Santa Specials
8/9, 15/16 & 21-24 Lynton & Barnstaple Railway – Santa Specials
8/9, 15/16 & 22-24 Mangapps Railway Museum – Santa Specials
8/9, 15/16 & 22-24 Middleton Railway – Santa Specials
8/9, 15/16 & 19-24 Mid-Hants Railway – Santa Specials
8/9 & 15/16 Mid-Suffolk Light Railway – Santa Specials
8/9, 12, 15/16, 19 & 21-24 Midland Railway – Butterley – Santa Specials
8/9 & 15/16 Moors Valley Railway – Santa Specials
8/9, 12, 15/16, 19, 22-24 Nene Valley Railway – Santa Specials
8/9, 15/16 & 22/23 Northampton & Lamport Railway – Santa Specials
8/9, 15/16 & 22-24 Northamptonshire Ironstone Railway – Santa Specials
8/9, 15/16 & 20-24 North Norfolk Railway – Santa Specials
8/9, 15/16 & 22/23 North Tyneside Steam Railway – Santa Specials
8/9, 15/16 & 22/23 North Yorkshire Moors Railway – Santa Specials
8/9 & 15/16 Old Kiln Light Railway – Santa Specials
8/9, 15/16, 19 & 22-24 Peak Rail – Santa Specials
8/9, 15/16 & 22-24 Perrygrove Railway – Santa Specials
8/9, 15/16 & 22/23 Plym Valley Railway – North Pole Express
8/9, 15/16 & 22/23 Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway – Santa Specials
8/9, 15/16 & 22/23 Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway – Santa Specials
8/9, 15/16 & 22/23 Ribble Steam Railway – Santa Specials
8/9, 15/16 & 19-24 Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway – Santa Specials
8/9, 15/16 & 21-24 Royal Deeside Railway – Santa Specials
8/9, 15/16 & 22-24 Severn Valley Railway – Santa Steam Specials
8/9, 15/16 & 22/23 Sittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway – Santa Specials
8/9, 15/16 & 18-24 South Devon Railway – Santa by Steam
8/9, 15/16 & 22/23 South Downs Light Railway – Santa Specials
8/9 & 15/16 South Tynedale Railway – Santa Specials
8/9, 15/16 & 20-24 Spa Valley Railway – Santa Specials
8 Stainmore Railway – Santa Event
8/9, 15/16 & 22/23 Statfold Barn Railway – Santa Specials
8/9, 15/16 & 22/23 Strathspey Railway – Santa Express
8/9, 15/16 & 21-24 Swanage Railway – Santa Specials
8/9, 15/16 & 22/23 Swindon & Cricklade Railway – Santa Specials
8/9, 15/16 & 22-24 Tanfield Railway – North Pole Express
8/9, 15/16 & 22-24 Wensleydale Railway – Santa Specials
8/9, 15/16 & 22-24 West Somerset Railway – Santa Express
9, 16 & 20-24 Bure Valley Railway – Steam Trains to Santa
9, 16 & 23 Cambrian Heritage Railways (Llynclys) – Christmas Trains
9, 15/16 & 22/23 Caledonian Railway – Santa Specials
9 & 16 Somerset & Dorset Railway, Midsomer Norton – Santa Specials
9, 15/16 & 22/23 Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway – Santa Specials
9, 16 & 22/23 Yeovil Railway Centre – Santa Specials
10/11 & 15/16 West Somerset Railway – Carol Trains
11-13 Severn Valley Railway – Christmas Cracker Express
14-24 Whitwell & Reepham Station – Santa Specials
15/16 & 22/23 Apedale Valley Light Railway – Santa Specials
15/16 Fairbourne Railway – Santa Specials
15/16 & 22/23 Groudle Glen Railway – Santa Trains
15/16 & 22/23 Head of Steam, Darlington – Santa at the Station
15-20 Pecorama – Santa Specials
15/16 & 22/23 Rudyard Lake Steam Railway – Santa Specials
15 Talyllyn Railway – Carol Train
15/16 & 22/23 West Lancs Light Railway – Santa Specials
22-24 & 26 Eastleigh Lakeside Railway – Mince Pie Specials
22-24 Talyllyn Railway – Santa Specials
26, 29/30 & Jan 1 Avon Valley Railway – Mince Pie Trains
26 Groudle Glen Railway – Mince Pie Train
26 Isle of Wight Steam Railway – Boxing Day Special
26-Jan 1 North Norfolk Railway – Mince Pie Specials
26 & 30 Tanfield Railway – Mince Pie Specials
27-Jan 1 South Devon Railway – Mince Pie Specials
28-30 Aln Valley Railway – Mince Pie Specials
28-30 Mid-Norfolk Railway – Polar Express
30/31 Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway – Black Bun Specials

*Details correct at time of publication