Rudyard Lake Steam Railway

Operated by Leek and Rudyard Railway Ltd

Special Events - Information

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Lollipop Specials


These trains usually run every Bank Holiday weekend and all children (and some bigger ones!) will receive a lollipop or sweet free of charge when purchasing a return ticket.

Easter Egg Specials


Throughout Easter all children will receive an egg or sweets free of charge when purchasing a return ticket.

Teddy Goes Free


All children who bring Teddy along for a return ride on the train will travel free of charge and receive a lollipop or sweets free of charge. Teddy bear treats available from Platform 2 Cafe.

Grandparents Day


Children who bring along a grandparent for a return train trip will receive a free lollipop or sweets.

Halloween Specials


These trains which are run early evening on the indicated days are designed to scare and amaze in equal measure.

Santa Specials


Pre-booking required. A magical trip alongside the lake with a visit to Santa in his grotto. Bookings taken during the preceeding months (see our Santa page).

Diesel Gala


An intensive service of passenger and freight trains utilising our resident diesel fleet and guest locomotives. An event for the enthusiast and casual visitor alike.

Fathers Day


A free return ride to one child per family bringing dad along for the trip. Dad will also receive a small treat. Brunch and lighter bites available from Platform 2 Cafe.

Steam Gala


An intensive service of passenger and freight trains utilising all our resident fleet and guest locomotives. Other attractions at the station ensure an action packed day out for everyone.

Trains will run from 11am to 4pm on all special event days (except Santa specials which run to a special timetable), with Platform 2 Cafe also open serving hot and cold snacks and drinks, often themed to the event taking place.

Strawberries & Steam


A celebration of English Strawberries at Platform 2 Cafe. Gateaux, Scones, Sundaes and Iced Cakes available in addition to the normal menu. Strawberry sweets for all children taking a return journey.

Kiddies Quiz Day


A free to enter quiz with prizes for all children visiting the railway. Normal service and fares will apply.

Community Weekend


A weekend to give everyone who lives in the Rudyard / Rushton locality a free return trip (proof of address will be required), plus a chance to meet the staff and volunteers. Normal service also operates.

Double Engine Days


All trains will be run with two engines giving some unique photo opportunities. Normal service and fares will apply.

New Years Services


For those wishing to blow away the Xmas and New Year cobwebs, our normal service will be running on these days. Platform 2 Cafe will offer some simple refreshments.

Dam Fireworks


A special shuttle service for those visiting the fireworks on the lake at the Dam. Note tickets for the fireworks available separately from The Lake.