Celebrating the Bull Dog spirit of the home front!

Relive the nostalgia of 1940s Wartime Britain – 7th & 8th September 2019.

The Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway steps back to the difficult times of 1942-43 Wartime Britain.

Various re-enactment societies attend the railway over both days. Watch out for the Home Guard, Soldiers and Airmen returning home on leave and, of course, the long suffering civilians.

There will be displays at each station and military vehicles.

Come along and experience the atmosphere!


Embsay station: Spitfire, RAF lorries, Spitfire engine will be started up twice a day on both days.  The singers are Maria Manchester (Embsay) and Peter Jones (Bolton Abbey). Pathe news in the shelter on platform 2. Para Display, Toys from the 40s, French Resistance, Dig for Victory display, 1940’s food kitchen (with full 1940’s kitchen) Motor bikes, Dodge m37 truck, Pocket watch display, 1920s wheel chair, 1934 Morris 10 4 car

Bolton Abbey in the carpark: Field Hospital, Vintage Tractors, Vintage Caravans, Rover p2/10, Motor Bikes, Vintage Cars, Jeeps in the paddock, Duke of Wellingtons Regiment (in camp) ,Home Guard, US beach party, Ladies on the Home Front, Resistance Display, Baby in the Gas Mask, Vintage Cars, Jeeps, Vintage sales stalls.  The Home Guard will be doing UXB DISPLAY at 11 30 & 2 30PM US GI’S looking for a spiv on the train (Sat only)

Singers: Maria Manchester and Peter Jones (both days). Church Parade 11.00 on Sunday. 

Re-enactors wishing to attend are very welcome, and should contact (01756) 710614 to book in. This needs to be done well in advance so that we can cater for you and provide the best possible experience.


Above photos courtesy of Harry Dwyer.


Vintage Bus Service

Operated by Red Bus Days, on selected days we have a vintage bus service in operation.  The bus leaves from Skipton Town Hall car park, adjacent to the motorcycle bays.  The town hall car park is at the top of the high street, near the castle, just behind the town hall.

THIS SERVICE HAS FINISHED FOR 2018, however we are hoping it will resume in 2019 and we will update this page when confirmed.


We recommend tickets are bought in advance - especially for special events (although our ticket offices can supply tickets on the day of travel too). For Santa and Dales Dining trains pre-booking is essential.




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