UK & Ireland Heritage Railways

Events Diary

Heritage Railways hold over 1000 special events every year. Events for all the railways for the next few months are listed here.

PLEASE NOTE: Events for 2018 will be added over the next few months (It takes a long while to complete as some railways do not list their events until well into the new year).

For a full listing of events for any particular railway, please visit that railway's own website.

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Diesel Running Friday with D123
16/3/18 - : Great Central Railway

Spring Diesel Gala
16/3/18 - 18/3/18 : Mid-Norfolk Railway

Spring Steam Gala
16/3/18 - 18/3/18 : Severn Valley Railway
Opening our 2018 season, a great line-up of visiting locomotives supported by members of the Severn Valley Railway home fleet. A tantalising festival of locomotives large and small!

St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Specials
17/3/18 - : Downpatrick & County Down Railway
Park your car at Inch Abbey station and take a train trip straight into the town's street carnival and join in the commemorations of the Patron Saint of Ireland. Heritage steam and diesel trains operate throughout the afternoon.

60th Anniversary of Closure
17/3/18 - 18/3/18 : Bluebell Railway
2018 marks the 60th anniversary of the closure of the Bluebell Line by British Railways and its eventual and glorious rebirth as the Bluebell Railway, the first ex-mainline standard gauge railway to run passenger trains. We are inviting the public to experience elements of 1958 and explore what that year means to the Railway.

Vintage Diesel Gala
17/3/18 - 18/3/18 : Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway
We will be raising the roof with another diesel spectacular. With five or six locomotives operating each day hauling a good couple of hundred tons up our 1 in 68 inclines and with a loadex as the finale - you'll get the full music of the selected locomotives!

Days Out with Thomas
17/3/18 - 18/3/18 : Didcot Railway Centre
With Thomas the Tank Engine & his friends. Rides behind 'Thomas'. Meet The Fat Controller. Children's entertainment.

Diesel Locomotive Weekend
17/3/18 - 18/3/18 : Ecclesbourne Valley Railway
One for the enthusiasts! There will be a visiting Class 35 Hymek locomotive for this weekend, operating alongside our other locomotives to a special intensive timetable.

Spring Teddy Bears Weekend
17/3/18 - 18/3/18 : Midland Railway - Butterley
Seek out the special Teddy Bears' displays around the railway, with bears of all shapes and sizes. There is a themed children's competition and as a special offer, any child brought in by their own Teddy Bear will be able to travel free of charge.

Open Weekend
17/3/18 - 18/3/18 : Nene Valley Railway
Join us for our Open Weekend, as we throw open our doors. Go behind the scenes and see how the NVR operates from day to day. Steam Services (ticket required). Free Shuttle service from Wansford to Yarwell. Free admission to Wansford to include one complimentary return trip to Yarwell on the shuttle service. Shed tours see our locomotives close up and the restoration process. Signalbox tours.

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