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STEAM TRAINS

Travel in beautiful hand-painted carriages behind one of Yorkshire's Great Little Steam Trains at the 15-inch narrow gauge Kirklees Light Railway.

The 25-minute journey (each way) transports visitors three and-a-half miles through the foothills of the south Pennines from Clayton West to Shelley; taking in glorious countryside, the ancient Blacker Wood, deep cuttings and the Shelley Woodhouse Tunnel - the longest tunnel on any 15-inch railway in Britain.  Whilst enjoying the views, look out for Emley Moor Mast and spot as many farm animals as you can in the surrounding fields!

There are currently six magnificent steam locomotives and two diesel engines to take you on your journey – which ones will you meet on your visit?

The journey one way takes approximately 25 minutes and a return trip can be completed in 65 minutes. If you're not in a hurry, take advantage of our standard day tickets which allow unlimited travel on the day you visit (subject to availability & not applicable at special events).

Recommended by roughguides.com as one of the best places to visit in Yorkshire.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must limit the number of visitors travelling on our services at any one time, and have introduced strict hygiene measures which we expect all visitors to adhere to: 

  • There is a clearly signed one-way system in most areas of the stations, with clear entry and exit points starting from when you arrive. Please follow these systems
  • We are enforcing a 'one clear compartment' distancing rule between visitor groups on all services
  • In order to manage the above, we are requesting that ALL travel is now pre-booked online in advance. Any spare availability will be released on the day but this should not replace booking online in advance
  • Our guards and staff will assist visitors when boarding services to ensure the distancing measures are adhered to. Please do not be offended if one of our staff asks you to move to a different area of the train – this is in order to maintain everyone’s safety
  • We ask that families/visitor groups do not ‘spread out’ unnecessarily
  • All visitors should maintain 1-2m social distancing with other groups of guests in all areas on/around the stations. We kindly ask that visitors encourage their children to do so too (although we know this isn’t easy!)
  • All visitors over the age of 11 should wear face masks/coverings whilst journeying on the trains unless medically exempt - this is current law in England
  • Visitors are kindly asked to maintain excellent levels of hygiene and handwashing. Hand sanitizer points are available at various points of your KLR journey
  • If visitors/potential visitors are experiencing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19, we kindly request that they stay at home & come back to see us when they are fully recovered
  • Visitors are kindly asked to place all rubbish in the bins provided or take it home with them
  • KLR staff will be regularly disinfecting touch point services and we kindly ask visitors to respect our staff when doing so
  • See below for further information regarding our facilities  

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PLAY AREAS

We have outdoor playgrounds at both Clayton West Station and Shelley Station – perfect for young visitors to let off some steam!

The playground at Clayton West opened in 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. 

The playground at Shelley was totally revamped in late 2019 and is based around a train theme (what else?!) with 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. 

The playgrounds are for the use of paying customers only and are only open when the railway is open to the public (unless you are on a scheduled group/school visit). 

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must limit the number of people who are in the play areas at any one time and introduce strict hygiene measures which we expect all visitors to adhere to: 

Clayton West Station Play Area 

  • A maximum of 12 people in the play area at any one time
  • All visitors in the play area should maintain 1-2m social distancing with other guests and encourage their children to do so (we know this isn’t easy but it’s for everyone’s health & well-being)
  • Visitors are kindly asked to respect their fellow guests and spend no longer than 15 minutes in the play area in one go. This will allow more people the opportunity to let their little ones have a play
  • Visitors will be required to sanitize their hands upon entry and exit from the play area
  • Visitors are kindly asked to place all rubbish in a bin or take it home with them
  • Visitors are kindly asked to respect & use the signed ‘entry’ and ‘exit’ gates
  • The KLR will be closing the play area every hour to disinfect touch point surfaces; please respect our staff whilst they are doing so

 Shelley Station Play Area 

  • A maximum of 8-10 people in the play area at any one time
  • All visitors in the play area should maintain 1-2m social distancing with other guests and encourage their children to do so (we know this isn’t easy but it’s for everyone’s health & well-being)
  • Visitors are kindly asked to respect their fellow guests and spend no longer than 15 minutes in the play area in one go. This will allow more people the opportunity to let their little ones have a play
  • Visitors will be required to sanitize their hands upon entry and exit from the play area
  • Visitors are kindly asked to place all rubbish in a bin or take it home with them
  • Visitors are kindly asked to respect & use the signed ‘entry’ and ‘exit’ gates
  • The KLR will be closing the play area every hour to disinfect touch point surfaces; please respect our staff whilst they are doing so 

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MINIATURE RIDE-ON RAILWAY

Redeveloped in early 2019, the Clayton Flyer outside Clayton West Station is our 7¼-inch miniature ride-on railway which whizzes around the duck pond. 

Enjoy a lap of the two loops for just £1 per person and see if you can spot any of our resident ducks or newts on the way around. 

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must limit the number of people who are on the Clayton Flyer at any one time and introduce strict hygiene measures which we expect all visitors to adhere to: 

  • The train operator will wear a face mask at all times
  • There are separate, signed ‘entrance’ and ‘exit’ gates which we ask visitors to use
  • There is a one out, one in policy on the Clayton Flyer platform and we kindly ask all guests to wait for the platform to be clear before entering
  • There is a 1-2m gap queuing system for all visitor groups
  • There is a limit of one visitor party per ride and we ask them to leave a 1-2m gap between themselves and the train operator
  • Visitors are required to sanitize their hands upon entry and exit
  • The train operator will disinfect touch point surfaces between each ride; please respect our staff whilst they are doing so
  • Only contactless card payments will be accepted on the miniature railway (payable to the operator) until further notice

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GIFT SHOP

Our well-stocked gift shop is located inside Clayton West Station. Selling an abundance of souvenirs, trinkets, toys, books and confectionary.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must limit the number of visitors inside the Ticket Office/Shop at any one time and introduce strict hygiene measures which we expect all visitors to adhere to: 

  • Our till points will now have transparent screens to prevent the spread of the virus
  • We kindly ask that visitors use contactless payments wherever possible or, at the very least, reduce cash payments
  • Card machine buttons will be disinfected and hand sanitizer will be offered to visitors after using our card machines
  • There will be a clear, signed one-way system which we ask all visitors to adhere to
  • There will be a 1-2m gap queuing system for all visitor groups and everyone over the age of 11 should wear a face mask/covering when using the facilities unless medically exempt - this is current law in England

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WALKING ROUTES

The railway allows access to numerous walks in and around the surrounding countryside and villages. Why not use your ticket to hop off at one of our halts and explore the surroundings on foot? 

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 board or leave the train at one of the intermediate stations, please speak to the guard or driver before your journey starts or give a clear signal to the guard to stop the train. 

For a guide to walking the line in three sections, please CLICK HERE

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 view the network of public footpaths available, visit https://footpathmap.co.uk/ and input Clayton West's postcode of HD8 9XJ or Shelley's postcode of HD8 8LZ. 

Please do remember to stick to the public footpaths and bridleways available. Under no circumstances should you be walking on the railway tracks or within the railway line's boundaries.  Thank you. 

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.  Please note that walking boots/wellies may be necessary depending on the weather!

Download a copy of the walking route. 

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DOG FRIENDLY

Well-behaved pooches are very welcome at the railway on standard operating days and are permitted to travel free-of-charge. 

All we ask is that book your dog a ticket and/or let the Ticket Office know you are travelling with your canine companion. 

Dogs are allowed inside the station buildings and cafe but must be kept controlled and on a lead. 

For the safety & comfort of all our canine & human guests, we respectfully request that dogs are left at home on special event days (unless specifically stated otherwise on the event page). 

Guide dogs & other dogs used by our visitors for special reasons (autism dogs etc.) are always welcome. 

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