Crowle Peatland Railway

OPEN DAYS – Saturday 1st May and Sunday 2nd May – 10:00 to 16:00 at our site on Crowle Moor

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.

Ahead of a momentous occasion – our first public open day – it seems appropriate to sketch out how far the CPR, supported by our funding partners, has come in the last few months. 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, has begun to receive much needed TLC at North Lindsey College engineering dept. Scunthorpe. It has been reduced to component parts and great strides are being made towards bringing it back to life. 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 head-shunt that will eventually extend as the main running line. The current drive is to complete the right-hand-side line prior to the open days.

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

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