The Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway Co Ltd


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A traditional steam train, taking passenger on a unique journey to the tip of Lake Windermere.

The perfect addition to your Lake District adventure.


Established in 1973 The Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway is a family run business in the heart of the Lake District.

The track which passengers travel upon today was a former Furness Railway branch line, initially used to transport coal and iron ore, bobbins, dye, gunpowder and much more, in and out of the Leven Valley, as well as a booming trade in tourist traffic to visit Windermere by Lake Steamer.

The Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway Co Ltd was formed to re-open the line and with the help of many volunteers it succeeded and the line re-opened to tourist in May 1973. 

Today the lovingly restored and maintained fleet of steam locomotives are available to view in the engine shed. Haverthwaite railway is home to two magnificently renovated and working Fairburn Class 4 MT tank engine, the only remaining locos of this type to survive.

Different engines are used throughout the season to haul passengers through the tranquil scenery of the Leven Valley. The train heaves it’s passengers up the steeply graded line, leisurely transporting guests to Lakeside Station.

Lakeside railway station is next door to the Lakesidesteamer pier making it an easy transition from the steam trains to the passenger boats of Windermere Lake Cruises.

Escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life when you come to the railway and be transported back in time to the age of steam, a place of nostalgia and calm. 

The beautiful surroundings at Haverthwaite Station entice guests to stop a while and visitors can take refreshments in the comfortable and friendly surroundings of the Station Restaurant, serving quality home-cooked refreshments. The chef uses local ingredients whenever possible and the famous homemade ‘Giant Fruit Scone’, served with freshly whipped cream and fruit jam is really scrumptious!

For groups (20+ people) planning a visit to the Lake District, a trip down memory lane and a journey on the train is a must! 


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