About Us

What we are and what we do

Did you know that you can Charter a train from us?

Our heritage carriages make the perfect venue for a celebration.  Whether a birthday party, wedding trip, a life remembered, a graduation, a retirement or just needing an excuse for a party, we are happy to help.

You hire the charter train, we run the train for you, and you fix up the party within the carriages.  As this will be your train, we can be flexible in timings to meet your special requirements.

Steam hauled trains, diesel locomotives and static carriages are all available.  We can arrange for the guest of honour to visit the footplate too.

From our “Toad” Guard’s Van for 16 people, to our four heritage carriages, which accommodate up to 200 people, we can carry parties of all sizes.  A train charter can be for one departure or even all day.

We can also accommodate group bookings on our scheduled Sunday afternoon trains.

With our Yorkshire Heritage and Yorkshire Hospitality we like nothing better than seeing people enjoying our railway so climb onboard for your party train and let us make Elsecar Heritage Railway part of your special day!

Catering

Our station kitchen is not currently equipped for food preparation, so we use outside caterers for buffets and hot food. We can arrange catering through our partners, or we are happy for you to bring along your own buffets or picnics. Our carriages have a food hygiene approved servery, and we are happy to make hot drinks, and assist in serving food. Alcohol is permitted on our charters.

Entertainment

We work with Amateur Dramatics Groups and Musicians to provide our own events.  We are happy to discuss your requirements with these partners should you need our help.

Accessibility

Our heritage carriages are from the 1950s and designed before accessibility needs were fully appreciated, therefore we can only offer access for wheelchair users to our passenger train Guard’s Van area.

Cost and Engine Type

Please let us know your requirements and we will work out a price for you.  Steam trains may cost considerably more than a diesel train.  Depending on operating requirements steam engines may be supported by a diesel too.  Charter trains do not incur VAT.