Frequently Asked Questions

When are we open?

The NLR is open to the public every Sunday between March and October. We are also open on some Saturdays and Bank Holidays for special events. During the winter we are open for various specific events, such as Santa Specials, Mince Pie Specials and others. Please see our ‘What’s On’ guide for all dates

Do you run trains mid-week?

Unfortunately, not. The NLR is run purely by volunteers, which is why we tend to only operate at weekends.

However, there is activity on the railway all week, with various mid-week volunteer working parties or external organisations using the line for training and testing purposes.

Can I bring my dog?

Dogs are very welcome at the NLR, provided they (and their human) are well behaved. You can take your dog on the train too, except for Cream Tea Specials and Santa Specials. We simply ask that all dog owners are responsible and clean up any ‘accidents’.

What toilet facilities are there?

We have separate Ladies and Gents toilets, as well as an ‘accessible toilet’ and baby changing facilities. These are all located on the station platform.

A train journey lasts about 30 mins.

What about parking?

We have plenty of free on-site parking at the NLR!

Will it be steam or diesel?

Some dates and special events will be steam-hauled, while others will be operated by one of our heritage diesel locos. Whilst we will always endeavour to provide the motive power advertised, old machines can be temperamental and liable to fail from time to time, which may mean we have to make an unexpected change. We are sorry for any disappointment when this occurs, but hope you can appreciate that, being a small volunteer-run railway, its not easy for us to have a like-for-like substitute ready in the wings.

If you would like to know when a specific loco is running you can always email us at