Group Visits to Kirklees Light Railway

What Can We Offer?

Climb aboard our little trains for a scenic journey on our three and-a-half mile long, 15” narrow-gauge railway!


The Kirklees Light Railway runs along the old track-bed of the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway’s Clayton West branch line and  the journey from Clayton West to Shelley (via Cuckoo’s Nest and Skelmanthorpe) offers fine views of the Grade II listed Emley Transmitting Station and passes through the ancient woodland of Blacker Wood which is mentioned in the Domesday Book.  The trip also includes passage through the Shelley Woodhouse Tunnel which – at 467m long – is the longest tunnel on any 15” narrow gauge line in Britain!

You will start your journey at Clayton West Station where there is a large free car park which can accommodate even the largest of coaches. The Buffer Stop Cafe at Clayton West Station is ideal for grabbing a quick drink, snack or something more substantial before you begin your journey.  All dietary requirements can be catered for with advance notice…  Our cream teas are renowned for their tastiness!


A return journey on the train can be completed in 70 minutes, however you may choose to lengthen your time with us by adding in different aspects to your visit.


Should members of your group wish to tour the Engine Sheds and speak with our dedicated drivers and engineers, we would be more than happy to arrange this for you.


We are ideally situated just 10 minutes from the M1 and in close proximity to a number of other local attractions such as the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the National Coal Mining Museum, Standedge Tunnel, Last of the Summer Wine country (Holmfirth) and the Peak District, should you wish to continue your day out.


How Much Do Group Visits Cost?

The below fares cover a return journey on the railway. Additional requirements can be discussed at the time of booking. 

Drivers and guides travel for free and receive complimentary refreshments.

Railway Operational Day 2018


15 - 29 People                                 

Group rate     £6
Child (3-16 years) £5
Child (under 3 years)      FREE

30+ People

Group rate     £5.50
Child (3-16 years) £4.50
Child (under 3 years)      FREE

Railway Non-Operational Day 2018

Steam locomotive minimum charge - £200.00

Diesel locomotive minimum charge - £150.00

If the railway is closed on the day you wish to visit, you are able to charter a train for your visit. 


Group Packages

Treat your group to a scrumptious cream or afternoon tea alongside their journey.  Our teas are served in the Buffer Stop Cafe either before or after your journey.

Cream Tea - £3.50 per person - scones, jam and cream served with a hot drink

Afternoon Tea - £6 per person - selection of sandwiches, scones and cakes served with a hot drink

How Do I Book a Group Visit?

Please contact the office to book your visit on 01484 865727

At this stage we will be able to discuss any special requirements you may have.