We are open on Saturdays and Sundays (excluding Christmas and New Year) from 10am - 4pm for visitors to look round and see the work on site.
We do not run trains every weekend but do have a number of 'operational days' from Easter - August. On 'operational days' we we run steam or diesel - hauled passenger trains. Subject to availability we run a 'Driver for a Fiver' where you can drive a diesel locomotive under supervision (restrictions apply) . Light refreshments can be purchased from our LNER buffet car from Easter - December which is open from 10am - 3:30pm at weekends.
On Bank Holiday Mondays we are open from 10am - 4pm for people to look round but do not operate a train service.
When we are not running trains there is plenty to see and do at KSE with a small exhibits museum, education room, children's play area and a wide range of locomotives and rolling stock to see. Our well stocked shop has a large range of items including Bachmann, Graham Farrish, Peco, Countryside books, Gibsons puzzles and gifts for children and adults of all ages. With advanced notice we can arrange guided tours for groups tailored to your needs
Kirkby Stephen is over 1000 feet above sea level and in the North Pennines. The weather can be challenging in winter and sometimes our volunteers cannot get over to open up the site. During winter we recommend that you check our Facebook pages before setting off. You do not have to be a Facebook user to view this information.
After the Santa event in December (our last operating day of the year) until Easter we undertake an intensive maintenance program on the site and visitors can watch restoration in action.
Admission is free but charges apply for train rides and some events (see individual events pages).
- Classic Commercial Vehicle Rally (with Eden Classic Commercial Vehicle Group)
- Model Railway Show
- Steam Rally
- Santa Event
Our events page gives more details about our operational days. We do not advertise a formal timetable but aim to run half hourly from 10-30 AM - 4 PM with extra journeys according to demand. The track is currently extends just over 0.5 miles and for the round trip you can chose to travel in either our compartment coach (BSK) or our open coach (TSO).
Train Fares 2018 Season
- Adult Ticket £3-75
- Family Ticket (2 adults & up to 3 children U16) £7-00
- Additional Children £1-50
- 1370 Club Members* Free & 50% off family ticket
- Tickets are valid for unlimited travel on the day of purchase
- Footplate Ticket (age over 18 yrs only) Steam £10-00 Diesel £5-00 (single trip only)
* 1370 Club membership details can be found on our shareholders page
Our You Tube Channel hosts a collection of videos about the work at KSE including this Trings Train Video by one of our young volunteers Alex Tring