23/02/2017
Roster Updates: 25th and 26th February will now be covered by D1501 after 33109 having problems at the Gala. 25/26 March and 8/9 April have been allocated to 40106 (Previously 40106 or 50015)

Thanks to all who came to the Spring Diesel Gala over the weekend. It was great to see so many enjoying the traction and supporting the event. We're looking forward to seeing your photos and video links! @elrdiesel

Sadly 40135 couldn't take part, work is underway to resolve the problem. Keep an eye on the CFPS channels for more.

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Dates Loco(s)
Saturday 25th February D1501
Sunday 26th February D1501
Saturday 4th March D1501
Sunday 5th March D1501
Friday 10th, Saturday 11th
and Sunday 12th March
Spring Steam Gala
Saturday 18th March 31466
Sunday 19th March 31466
Saturday 25th March 40106

See the Roster Page for more
including timetable links

Drive one of our ex-British Railways mainline locos from the ELR fleet. Freight and passenger courses are available.

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2017 Season diesel event dates
Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th June Small Engines Weekend
Friday 7th to Sunday 9th July Summer Diesel Gala
Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September Autumn Diesel Gala
Saturday 4th November DMU Theme Day

The regular season also features diesel haulage on most Saturdays and some Sundays - check the loco roster page for more information.

As well as the Diesel related events, there are always loads of things going on at the ELR. The Railway operates Diner and Cream Tea Services through the year plus the Rail Ale Trail.

Event Dates
Residents' Weekend Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th March
Spring Steam Gala Friday 10th, Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th March
Sci-Fi on The Sidings Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd April
Princess Adventure Fun Day Thursday 13th April
Classic Bike Rally Sunday 16th April
Alice in Wonderland Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd April
Day Out with Thomas Saturday 29th, Sunday 30th April and Monday 1st May
Alice in Wonderland Friday 5th and Saturday 6th May
1940's Weekend Saturday 27th, Sunday 28th and Monday 29th May
Small Engines Weekend Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th June
Race the Train Sunday 25th June
Summer Diesel Gala Friday 7th, Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July
Raise The Roof 6 Friday 14th and Saturday 15th July
Princess Adventure Fun Day Thursday 27th July
Day Out with Thomas Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th August
Princess Adventure Fun Day Thursday 17th August
Jungle Book Fun Days Friday 18th, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th August
Family Fun Days Saturday 26th, Sunday 27th and Monday 28th August
ELR Beer and Cider Festival Friday 8th, Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September
Vintage Transport Gathering Sunday 17th September
Autumn Diesel Gala Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September
Day Out with Thomas Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th October
Autumn Steam Gala Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th October
Hallowe'en Ghost Trains Thursday 26th, Friday 27th and Saturday 28th October
DMU Theme Day Saturday 4th November


Click on the ELR Totem for full details on these and other events
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