2021 sees the railway open to the public for the first time in two years. With trains prepared and social distancing measures in place, we welcomed visitors back to Thorpe Light Railway. We even welcomed back visiting steam locomotive Cagney No.44 from Rhyl. And for the final open day of the year our friends from the Sherwood Forest Railway brought Smokey Joe along to join us.

A very special train service – volunteers taking a break from work on 9th April for a ride, 50 years to the day since the railway opened.
The Rio Grand waits at the station while the Signaller collects the token from Cagney No.44 returning from the pond loop
The Rio Grande coming off the engine shed loop towards the station
Cagney No.44 steaming up the hill from the pond loop
September’s open day saw a first for 40 years and a first ever for Thorpe Light Railway – two steam engines running. Here they are being prepared and steamed up before we opened to the public.
Cagney No.44 and Smokey Joe side by side at the station
Smokey Joe ready to pull a full train away from the station, while a queue of passengers wait for Cagney to return for the next run