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We have plenty of activities for everyone.

Play Areas

We have outdoor adventure playgrounds at both Clayton West Station and Shelley Station – the perfect place for our younger visitors to run around and let off some steam!

The new playground at Clayton West is due to open at the end of February 2018 and is the larger of the two playgrounds at the railway. It is securely fenced off, features a wooden train, swings, climbing frames and slides and is situated near to the picnic area and also close to the car park.

The playground at Shelley is also based around a train theme (what else?!) and has a sandpit for the children to enjoy on sunnier days! It is securely fenced off and overlooks the platform so you can watch the trains come and go as you play.

Miniature Railway

The Clayton Flyer outside Clayton West Station is our miniature railway which whizzes around the duck pond.

Enjoy two laps of the loop for just 50p a go and see if you can spot any of our resident ducks or newts on the way around!

Gift & Model Shop

Our well-stocked gift and model shop is located inside the Clayton West Station building. Selling an abundance of trinkets, toys, clothing, books, model railways for the serious (and not-so-serious!) enthusiast and much, much more! We also offer an ordering service – if you can’t find what you want in the shop, chances are we’ll be able to order it for you at unbeatable prices.


The railway allows access to numerous walks in and around the surrounding countryside and villages.

Take advantage of our "ride all day" fares and access one of the many walks from one of our stations.

Single tickets are also available from our Ticket Office if you choose to either start or end your walk with a trip on the railway.

Walking routes around Clayton West, Skelmanthorpe and Shelley are accessible from the railway and can also be accessed from our intermediate stations at Cuckoo's Nest and Skelmanthorpe.

If you would like to either board or leave the train at one of the intermediate stations, please speak to the guard or driver beforehand or give a clear signal to the guard to stop the train.

If you would like to walk a little further afield, such as to Denby Dale or Emley, this is possible using the vast footpath network surrounding the railway.

To download walking routes surrounding the railway, please visit the Denby Dale Walkers Are Welcome website by clicking here.

Shepley Station - Shelley Station Link

A walking route between the mainline railway station at Shepley and our station at Shelley has been created, allowing passengers who are travelling by train to easily access our station at Shelley. The walking route was developed by the Penistone Line Partnership and is signposted by way-markers

Download a copy of the walking route.


Well-behaved pooches are very welcome at the railway and are permitted to travel free-of-charge. All we ask is that you let the Ticket Office know if you are travelling with your dog and they will be given their very own Rover Day Rover ticket!

Dogs are allowed inside the station buildings and cafe.

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