• Royal Scot returns to Skegness after 50 years!

  • Largest ever exhibition of railway memorabilia!

  • Guest loco coming to Lincolnshire Wolds Railway

railway themed festivities throughout August to October 2020

ELR50 is a major festival taking place across East Lincolnshire in 2020 with railway nostalgia at its heart.

Ride behind steam trains… book a hotel… bring your caravan… and relive the your childhood experiences of the lively resorts of Skegness and Mablethorpe – as East Lincolnshire marks the 50th anniversary of the brutal closure of much of its railway network in October 1970.

This first events to be finalised are listed here.

Bookmark our website to ensure that you are kept up to date with a host of other exciting activities that will be rolled out in the coming  weeks and months.

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Train Naming Attracts Large Crowd for Official ELR50 Launch

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500 Priceless Railway Relics to be Auctioned at ELR Exhibition Venue

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Royal Scot returns to Skegness after 50 years

Royal Scot, one of the world's most famous steam engines, owes its survival to Skegness's Sir Billy Butlin. By special permission, it is returning to the resort with a special train from London Kings Cross on Saturday 26th September 2020.

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Magnificent Mabel Roadshow comes to a town near you!

Mabel is ELR50’s full-size festival flagship steam locomotive, and it will be bringing the railway back to Mablethorpe and Sutton-on-Sea, and other locations, for the first time next summer since British Rail’s closures 50 years ago.

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Bringing the railway back to east lincolnshire!

Lincolnshire Wolds Railway are working hard to reinstate a 5 mile section of the original East Midlands train line. They urgently need to raise funds to lay track, reinstate signals and replace infrastructure. You can help! All surpluses raised from ELR50 events will be donated to the LWR line Extension fund. By attending ELR50 events and giving generously, your support will help to connect Ludborough to Louth by railway once again.

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