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Run by a dedicated team of volunteers, Elsecar Heritage Railway follows the former Elsecar Branch of the South Yorkshire Railway, which came into use in 1850 and was reopened as a visitor attraction in the 1990s. Guests can ride the mile-long stretch of track as it snakes through rural South Yorkshire to Hemingfield, running beside the Dearne and Dove Canal. The Railway is based at Elsecar Heritage Center with house attractions like a Coal Mining Museum Carriage, licensed buffet, and shop, as well as frequently holding themed events and train driving experiences. A nearby chocolatier, patisserie and craft shops can complete a family day out. The complimentary parking proves useful, with the site located five minutes from the M1 J36.