Crowle Peatland Railway

Christmas at Crowle Peatland Railway –
11th-12th December 2021

  • Take a train ride to meet Father Christmas
  • See our locomotives operating lit up with Christmas Lights
  • Christmas Market of local crafters and others selling Christmas wares. Contact if you want a stall
  • All the market stalls will be undercover, so it won’t matter what the weather is like.
  • Moorside Cafe will be open selling seasonal food and drink including Mulled Wine and Hot Chocolate!
  • Free minibus service running from Crowle & Ealand – more details to follow!

– follow this link to find out more and to book you trip to visit Father Christmas!

  • AFTERNOON TEA – 1st Wednesday of the month – 11:30 – 15:00 -Restarting April 2022
  • OPEN DAYS – 2nd Weekend of the month – 10:00 to 16:00
  • SUNDAY BRUNCH – 3rd Sunday of the month – 10:00 to 12:00

Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organisation. We need people to help repair and maintain our rolling stock, maintain our track and infrastructure, carry out administrative tasks and generally help the organisation. If you are interested you will need to join as a member.


Crowle Peatland Railway was formed to preserve the history and heritage of peat extraction in the Humberhead Peatlands – in particular, the story of the peatland railways.

The Crowle Peatland Railway is part of the Isle of Axholme and Hatfield Chase Landscape Partnership and has been funded thanks to money raised by National Lottery Players, awarded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The maintenance shed was made possible with a grant from the SSE Keadby Wind Farm Fund and support from North Lincolnshire Council

Following the completion of the Romney hut running shed and workshop we were able to start building a railway at last.

Crowle & Thorne Moors Peat Railway

Our Motorail ‘Simplex’ 0-4-0 DM works No 40s302 of 1967, seen here in ‘as found’ condition out on the moors at Bank Top, began to receive much needed TLC at North Lindsey College engineering dept. Scunthorpe in 2019. After this it was brought back to our maintenance shed where it has been put back together and restored to the condition when working on the moors. The engine was surprisingly good internally despite years dumped in the open.

Simplex loco 40s402 at North Linsey College
The three Schoma Locos Reunited
The Three Schoma Locomotove reunited at the Old Peatworks on Crowle Moor.

The three Schöma 0-4-0 diesel-hydraulic locos are all under cover and railed along with two of their associated slave units Schöma works 5220 “The Thomas Buck” is currently in working order and will be paired with slave unit 5221. Works 5129 runs, but is in need of work on the ancillaries,
this will pair with slave 5131. Works 5130, recently arrived from display at Scott’s Peat Works and is in store until the first two locomotives and slaves are signed off as fully restored, this will be paired with slave 5132.

CPR - A view from the P-Way

Outside the p-way dept, volunteers have also been hard at work laying out the two roads from the shed out towards the moors, positioning the turn-out and constructing the main running line out towards the moors.

Crowle Peatland Railway

The inside of the shed has not escaped their attention; the pristine empty space has been put to good use with two roads laid in to accommodate all wheeled stock currently on site.

  • We are now running regular work parties on Saturday and Wednesday mornings and have started to lay track from The Old Peatworks out towards the moors.
  • We are always looking to welcome new members and volunteers. 
  • Find out about our progress by following this link –

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