Echills Wood Railway 2019
Railway opening dates and Special Events.
Winter Timetable Continues from Monday 1st January until Sunday 29th 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 this EWR website for the latest train operating information.
Members & Public operating New Years day 1st Jan.
The railway will be available for members to operate their locomotives, a public service will only commence if sufficient staff are available on the day
Railway Essential Maintenance Closure
The railway will be closed During January 2019, from Wednesday 2nd Jan until the end of February subject to weather conditions and completed work schedules, for essential maintenance of locomotives, rolling stock and permanent way. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Summer Operating Timetable Commences Sunday 31st 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 4:30pm. Subject to daily weather conditions and staff availability. Closing times will be at the discretion on the Duty Controller each day.
Echills Wood Railway Members Annual General Meeting Saturday 13th April.
The Meeting will be held in the Education Centre at Kingsbury Water Park, 10:00am for a 10:15am prompt start, followed by a member’s afternoon running session, no public operations. (Further details to be made available at a later date) Members of the public will not be admitted to the meeting.
Easter Bank Holiday.
April 19th 20th 21st 22nd - Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Public Passenger Trains will run during these dates between 11am until 4:30pm
Early May Bank Holiday.
May 4th 5th 67th. Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Public Passenger trains operating on these dates between 11am and 4:30pm.
Miniature Traction Engine Gathering. Click Here
May 17th 18th 19th 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 engine at Harvesters Station in steam, on static display. The railway will be operating public passenger trains during Saturday & Sunday From 11am until 4:30pm.
(Visitors with traction engines may arrive from Friday 17th, with caravan parking facilities available at Far Leys.)
Spring Bank Holiday.
May 25th 26th 27th Saturday, Sunday, Monday Public Passenger Trains will operate during these days between 11am and 4-30pm, 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 Here
July 12th 13th 14th. This event is open to members, friends, visitors and 7 1/4”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. (1/8th scale) 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 14th July until 4:30pm (Advanced booking for visiting locomotives advisable. Visitors may arrive from Friday 12th.)
Santa Specials Ticket applications available from 1st August. Click Here
Our very popular Santa special train application forms for tickets will be available online from this date at www.ewr-marketing.org or www.ewr.org.uk together 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 2018, trains were fully booked by early October !!!
August Bank Holiday.
August 24th 25th 26th Public Passenger trains on Saturday, Sunday, Monday will operate between 11am till 4:300pm.
Narrow Gauge Weekend. Click Here
September 13th 14th 15th 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 15th until 4:30pm
(Advanced booking for visiting locomotives advisable. Visiting locomotives may arrive from Friday 13th.
Halloween Evening Train Rides. Click Here
October Saturday 26th 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 from 2:00pm at Harvesters Station.
Winter Timetable Commences 27th October.
All public passenger trains on regular operating days will commence at 11am until 3:00pm.
(Except for Santa Special train weekends) Closing times will be at the discretion of the Duty Controller each day.
Santa Specials. Click Here
December 7th 8th - 14th 15th For the first two weekends in December the railway will be operating the popular Santa service to the grotto to visit Santa, along with regular passenger trains operating within the timetable. Your Santa tickets will entitle passengers to unlimited rides on the regular 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 1st September and following Sundays, Santa tickets may be booked subject to availability, direct at Harvesters Station. All Santa tickets MUST be booked before 1st November 2019.
Application forms are available from the station booking offices or may be downloaded from our website www.ewr-marketing.org or from this website. These are updated regularly with information regarding Santa’s trains and seat availability.
Station Masters Garden Railway. Click Here
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. Further information about the garden railway can be found on this website or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the benefit of all members, the first Wednesday of each month during the months of March to November, and also the second Saturday during the year, will be members and friends days, with no public passenger service.
For further information about the railway, explore this website or to become a member of the society, speak to any of our railway volunteers.