Echills Wood Railway 2017
Railway opening dates and Special Events.
Winter operating timetable begins 2nd January to 25th March
Continuation of regular Sunday Passenger service, with trains operating between 11am until 3-00pm. Subject to daily staffing levels and weather conditions. Closing times will be at the discretion of the Duty Controller each day
During the winter time table the railway WILL BE CLOSED AS BELOW, due to essential permanent way work and rolling stock maintenance. Passengers are advised to check the EWR website for train operating information.
Railway essential maintenance closure.
The railway will be closed During January 2017, from Wednesday 4th Jan to the end of February for essential maintenance of locomotives, rolling stock and permanent way, we apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Summer Operating timetable begins 26th March
Passenger trains will operate every Sunday throughout the summer period. During Warwickshire School Holidays, a service will operate on Wednesdays and a limited service on Fridays 11am until 4-00pm. Subject to daily weather conditions and staff availability. Closing times will be at the discretion on the Duty Controller each day.
Easter Bank Holiday
April 14th 15th 16th 17th
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Public Passenger Trains will run during these dates between 11am until 4 -00 pm
Echills Wood Railway Members Annual General Meeting
Saturday 22nd April
The Meeting will be held in the Education Centre at Kingsbury Water Park, 10-00 am for 10-15 am prompt start, followed by a member’s afternoon running session. ( Further details to be available at a later date) Members of the public will not be admitted to the meeting.
Early May Bank Holiday.
April 29th 30th May 1st
Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Public Passenger trains operating on these dates between11-00am and 4-00 pm.
Miniature Traction Engine Gathering. Click this link
May 19th 20th 21st
Miniature steam road vehicles will be gathering by the stations at Harvesters and Far Leys, their operating area will be on the park road network giving the public the opportunity to have a ride and talk to the drivers /owners. It is hoped to have a full size traction engines at Harvesters Station in steam, on static display. The railway will be operating public passenger trains during both days. From 11-00 am until 4-00pm.
Visitors with traction engines may arrive on Friday 12th, with caravan parking facilities available at Far Leys.
Spring Bank Holiday
May 27th ,28th, 29th
Saturday, Sunday, Monday Public Passenger Trains will operate during these days between 11am and 4-00pm, Why not have a picnic in the park by the railway stations and just watch the trains go by!
Standard Gauge Steam and Diesel Event. Click this link
July 14th, 15th,16th 17th.
This event is open to members, friends, visitors and 71/4”gauge members who are owners and drivers of standard gauge locos. All locomotives and rolling stock operating over this weekend will be models based upon railways with a standard gauge of four foot eight and a half inches. Featuring visiting and locomotives based at the EWR. These are models of locomotives that once steamed along the railway lines of the UK and other countries, including express trains, goods and parcel trains. Public passenger trains will operating on Sunday 16th July until 4-00pm.
(Advanced booking for visiting locomotives is required. Visitors may arrive on Friday 14th, Caravan Parking may be available at Far Leys. )
Santa Specials. Ticket applications. Click this link
Available from 1st August.
Our very popular Santa special train application forms for tickets will be available on line (click link above) from this date with seat availability on all trains and dates. Application forms will also be available at the booking office. Passengers wishing to see Santa are advised to book as early as possible to avoid disappointment, during 2016 , trains were fully booked by early-October !!!
August Bank Holiday.
August 26th, 27th, 28th.
Public Passenger trains on Saturday, Sunday, Monday will operate between 11am till 4-00pm.
Narrow Gauge Weekend. Click this link
September 15th,16th, 17th
This event is open to members, friends, visitors and 7 1/4”gauge members who are owners and drivers of narrow gauge locos. All locomotives and rolling stock operating over this weekend will be models based upon railways throughout the world that have a gauge of less than 4`8 1/2”. Public passenger trains will be operating on Sunday 17th until 4:00pm
(Advanced booking for visiting locomotives advisable. Visiting locomotives may arrive from Friday 15th. Caravan parking may be available at Far Leys.)
Halloween Evening Train Rides. Click this link
Saturday 28th October.
The railway will be operating from 2pm till 8pm, into the evening with spooky rides and a free children’s Halloween fancy dress competition, with judging at 5-30pm. Winners of the competition will have a complimentary railway ticket. When using the complimentary ticket children must be accompanied by a fare paying adult. Hot refreshments will be available from2-00 pm at Harvester`s Station.
Winter timetable commences 29th October.
All public passenger trains on regular operating days will commence at 11 am until 3 pm. Except for Santa Special train weekends. Closing times will be at the discretion of the Duty Controller each day
Santa Specials Click this link
December 2nd 3rd & 9th 10th .
For the first two weekends in December the railway will be operating the popular Santa service to the grotto to visit Santa, and also regular passenger trains operating within the timetable. Your Santa tickets will entitle passengers to unlimited rides on the other passenger trains. Or just come along and have a train ride at £2-00 return and enjoy the atmosphere.
Do not leave it too late to book your Santa tickets, most of our trains were fully booked by early October last year.
From Sunday 3rd September and following Sundays tickets may be booked subject to availability, direct at Harvesters Station. All Santa tickets MUST be booked before 1st November 2014.
Application forms are available from the station booking offices or may be downloaded - Click Here - also for updates and information regarding Santa`s trains and seat availability
16mm Station Masters Garden Railway Click this link
During our running days and events, our very popular 32mm and 45mm gauge ‘Station Masters Garden railway’ will be operating with a variety of live steam, battery powered and electric large scale model trains. If you have an interest or wish to join the garden railway, please do not hesitate to contact one of the group. The model railway adjoins Harvesters Station, near the lake side and may be accessed from the road just after the level crossing, or from the footpath near the signal gantry if coming from the main car park.
For the benefit of all members the first Wednesday each month during the months of March to November, also the second Saturday, will be members and friends days, with no public passenger service.