Take a Ride behind one of our vintage steam locomotives for a special journey back in time.

Breathe in the evocative smells of a real steam railway, while your eyes and ears thrill to the puffing and hissing of the steam engine. Settle back in beautifully restored Victorian and Edwardian carriages and enjoy a unique view of some of Yorkshire’s finest countryside … or hop off at Holywell Halt and just watch the trains go by!

first-classFor something a little extra special, try riding in our First Class saloons, or combine your trip with a Cream Tea or an Afternoon Tea served on the train. During the summer & autumn we also offer Evening Eats: Strawberry Specials, Fish & Chip Specials and our famous Curry Express!

We are one of Britain’s Heritage Railways and a registered educational charity. We run regular steam services throughout the year and lots of exciting special events: 1940’s Weekend, Branchline Weekend, Santa Specials, Goods Trains Days, Halloween Specials and lots more besides! A journey on the multi award-winning Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway is an unforgettable experience for all the senses.


Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th October 2017.

Frequent trains will run during the daytime with decorations and excitement.  In addition, there is an ‘Evening Scare’ Halloween train featuring a storyline, fire breathers and ‘incidents’ during the journey.  This departs from Bolton Abbey at 7PM on Saturday.

  • Owl and Hawk display located at Embsay Station.
  • Free face painting
  • Witch hunt set up around the railway
  • Fancy dress competition

Advance Booking Essential for the Evening Scare Train.

For tickets, click through to our ticketing system and choose ‘Halloween’ in the drop down.




Step back into a bygone era with a visit to the award-winning Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway.

We will engage, enthuse and excite you … The sight and sound of powerful majestic steam engines, from the industrial workhorses of pits, collieries, docks and factory yards to the more glamorous locomotives which graced main lines … all lovingly restored by our team of volunteers.


We’ve got vintage Edwardian carriages, Victorian Director’s Saloons and original 1960’s slam-door stock to ride in. We’re proud of our re-built Bolton Abbey Station & the delightful Victorian features of the restored Embsay Station. The rural request-stop Holywell Halt is a wonderful place to picnic, whilst our traditionally-uniformed friendly staff will leave you with some enduring memories of a special day out.

The steam railway is very well run, with friendly helpful staff, beautifully kept platforms, lovely views along the way and the trains themselves are fantastic. Our 1 year old son very much enjoyed his first ever train trip and we are glad it was on a “proper” train!! Would recommend if you are in the area.

Stephig123, TripAdvisor Review


Donate to our appeal and help us restore the steam locomotive Wheldale!


We’ve raised over £50,000 but we’ll still need another £150,000 to undertake all repairs!



We’d be delighted to host your wedding. Bolton Abbey Station is a licensed wedding venue and we can promise you a special day to remember!  We’re completely flexible with regards to your arrangements, see our wedding galleries for inspiration!



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