ELR50 is a family friendly festival celebrating the Railway Heritage of East Lincolnshire. It has been established to mark the 50th anniversary of the closure of the Railways by Dr Richard Beeching on October 5th 1970.

Mablethorpe Station

The loss of the railway was a huge blow to the coastal towns and rural communities of East Lincolnshire. An exhibition that runs the full length of the festival at Batemans Brewery, Wainfleet will demonstrate the effects of the railway closure on those communities. It will celebrate the people who dedicated their working life to maintaining and running the railway lines through film showings, talks, a study day, coach tours and the largest collection of railway memorabilia ever bought together. For more information on the exhibition and the history of the railway visit elr50c.co.uk

The Royal Scot will be returning to Skegness after 50 years. Don’t miss the steam special thundering down the tracks. Perhaps join us at Skegness or Wainfleet station to welcome the loco and its special guests.

For railway lovers young and old, Mabel is a tank engine that will be travelling to selected locations in East Lincolnshire on the back of a low loader. It will be the first time that an engine has been in these locations since the closure of the railways. Mabel will be bringing with her an exciting roadshow with entertainment, food and drink, crafts and much more!

The Lincolnshire Wolds Railway is the only section of track that has been reinstated since Beeching’s closures in the 1970s. Due to the hard work and determination of the volunteers at Lincolnshire Wolds Railway Society, this short section of the original line is now open to passengers between Ludborough to North Thoresby. The ambitions of the society is to reopen a further 5 mile section to reconnect the railway from Ludborough to Louth. The financial cost of restoring infrastructure, rails and signals is significant and the society has been trying hard to raise the funds.

ELR50 recognises the ambitions of this group of volunteers to restore an important part of Lincolnshire’s heritage and so surplus funds raised from ELR50 events will be donated to the LWRS (registered charity no. 1155210). You can help! By attending ELR50 events and giving generously, the volunteers can rebuild the track for everyone to enjoy.

The events bought to you as part of the ELR50 festival are possible due to the hard work of a team of enthusiasts and volunteers and because of the support and funding from local businesses. We hope you enjoy the festival! Please share your pictures and experiences on social media tagging @ELR50