23/05/2017
The 2017 Small Engines Weekend takes place on the 3rd and 4th of June and will feature diesel visitors Class 04, D2298 (Quainton Railway Society) and Class 14, D9551 (SVR Class 14 Company Ltd) plus ELR locos D2062, 08164, 09024, D9531 and D9537.

The event is mixed traction with steam locos also in operation. See the ELR Website for more including timetable and bookings.

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Dates Loco(s)
Saturday 27th to
Monday 29th May
1940s Event
Saturday 3rd and
Sunday 4th June
Small Engines Weekend
Saturday 10th June 45108
Sunday 11th June 37109
Saturday 17th and
Sunday 18th June
D9551 and D9531/37
Saturday 24th June 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 and Sunday 5th November Railcar Association DMU Gala

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
1940's Weekend Saturday 27th, Sunday 28th and Monday 29th May
The Pirate Express Thursday 1st June
Small Engines Weekend Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th June
Race the Train Sunday 11th June
Summer Diesel Gala Friday 7th, Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July
Princess Adventure Fun Day Thursday 27th July
The Pirate Express Thursday 3rd August
Day Out with Thomas Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th August
School of Wizardry Thursday 10th August
Princess Adventure Fun Day Thursday 17th August
The Pirate Express Thursday 24th August
Family Fun Days Saturday 26th, Sunday 27th and Monday 28th August
School of Wizardry Thursday 31st August
ELR Beer and Cider Festival Friday 8th, Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September
Vintage Transport Gathering Sunday 10th 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
School of Wizardry Thursday 26th October
Hallowe'en Ghost Trains Thursday 26th, Friday 27th and Saturday 28th October
Railcar Association
DMU Gala and Convention
Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th November
Lancashire Weekend Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th November


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