For 2021 the railway has a full list of events planned for visitors, families and enthusiasts.


In view of the current restrictions all events are subject to change. For the very latest information click here.

Day out with Thomas
Day out with Thomas
7/8 August and 2/3 October

Calling all little engineers! Join Thomas, the number one blue engine, at the ELR for a train ride unlike any other in 2021.

Union of South Africa - © Liam Barnes
Autumn Steam Gala
15, 16, 17 October

The last big steam event of 2021. Don’t miss this chance to ride behind both home fleet engines and "Union of South Africa".

Flying Sctosman - (c) Liam Barnes
Flying Scotsman Returns
29/30 August and 3-5 September

Once again, the return of The Flying Scotsman. The star attraction to celebrate steam’s golden age.

Halloween Ghost Trains
28, 29, 30 October

Halloween, a spooktacular seasonal celebration. Meet friendly ghouls and ghosts and take a haunted steam train ride.

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Autumn Diesel Gala
17, 18 September

Finishing a year of fantastic diesel events, the Autumn Diesel Gala will feature home fleet locomotives running alongside special guests.

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DMU weekend
13, 14 November

Enjoy a day with these diminutive powerhouses as they take their well-deserved spot in the limelight for this event.