The Talyllyn Railway is a historic narrow-gauge steam railway, set in the beautiful Mid-Wales countryside. Running from Tywyn to Abergynolwyn and Nant Gwernol, the line passes the delightful Dolgoch Falls and there are excellent forest walks at Nant Gwernol.
Bluebell Railway Preservation Society
The volunteer-run Bluebell Line was the UK's first preserved standard gauge passenger railway, re-opening part of the Lewes to East Grinstead line of the old London Brighton & South Coast Railway in 1960. Since then it has developed into one of the largest tourist attractions in Sussex, yet it still remains true to its objectives of the preservation for posterity of a country branch line, its steam locomotives, coaches and goods stock, signalling systems, stations and operating practices.
The Battlefield Line Railway
The Battlefield Line is the last remain part of the former Ashby & Nuneaton Joint Railway which was opened in 1873. It runs from Shackerstone via Market Bosworth to Shenton in Leicestershire and is operated by the Shackerstone Railway Society.
Ribble Steam Railway
The railway opened to the public in September 2005. A visit to the site will not only give you the opportunity to travel along our 1½ mile dock and riverside line, but also access our newly built museum and workshop. The line itself crosses the Preston Marina entrance via a swing bridge, and runs alongside the diverted River Ribble on the site of the former sprawling docklands.
ELR - East Lancashire Railway
The East Lancashire Railway (ELR) - A UK railway preservation group for steam, diesel, diesel electric, diesel hydraulic and shunting locomotives at Bury, Lancashire, UK. A trip on the East Lancashire Railway is journey back in time. It was opened in 1846 to link the Manchester to Bolton line with Radcliffe and was a popular passenger and freight route which served the Irwell Valley from Bury, via Ramsbottom, to Rawtenstall and beyond. 1972 saw the last passengers travel on the Bury to Rawtenstall section, and that would have been the end of an era had the East Lancashire Preservation Society not been committed to restoring the line to its former glory. With assistance from Bury and Rossendale Councils, the line was reopened in 1991. The traditional station buildings and developments along the tracks have contributed to the Society being presented with a number of environmental awards. Work continued to finally complete the railways extension to Heywood.
P&DSR - Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway
Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway from Paignton is the holiday line with steam trains running for seven miles in Great Western tradition along the spectacular Torbay coast to Churston and through the wooded slopes bordering the Dart estuary to Kingswear.
Welcome to the Dartmoor Railway. The Dartmoor Railway operates on the route of the old Southern Railway line from Crediton to Okehampton and Meldon Quarry. The 15 mile Dartmoor Railway climbs 600 feet from the Tarka Line, near Coleford through Sampford Courtenay and Okehampton and onwards to Meldon, high on the flank of Dartmoor. The line survived the Beeching axe, and is now being developed by a unique partnership of public and private sectors, to once again serve the picturesque area of Devon and the Dartmoor National Park through which it runs.
The Wensleydale Railway runs trains between Leeming Bar (near the A1) and Redmire (on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park) via Bedale and Leyburn, a 17 mile trip that takes approximately 50 minutes. Our trains are normally formed of heritage diesel rail cars from the 1960s, which have large windows and a great view of the line ahead if you sit behind the driver.
The West Lancashire Light Railway
The West Lancashire Light Railway is a two foot gauge passenger carrying railway located in the village of Hesketh Bank midway between Preston and the resort of Southport. The line features a number of interesting locomotives and other railway equipment brought together from industrial lines in the immediate locality, from elsewhere in Great Britain and from overseas. The adoption of narrow gauge for public passenger carrying railways was very limited in Great Britain. A great number of narrow gauge lines were however formerly employed in connection with agriculture, construction projects, mining, and a host of industrial applications. Their variety was huge in terms of track gauge, rolling stock and with motive power ranging from manpower to locomotive haulage. Duing the past few decades most of these lines have disappeared following the widespread use of other transport systems such as conveyors and road vehicles or with the decline of the industry which they served. West Lancashire Light Railway was established in 1967 in an endeavour to conserve some of the equipment used on these old lines and to recreate something of their atmosphere and charm. Since most of these old lines operated in areas away from the public gaze, visitors will find much of interest in the variety of locomotives and rolling stock in the collection. The whole family can also enjoy a visit, with the short train ride around a flooded clay pit behind coal fired steam locomotives dating from 1898.
Bure Valley Railway
Opened in 1990, the Bure Valley Railway offers an 18 mile round trip through picturesque countryside which is as varied, interesting and beautiful as any to be found on a railway journey in England. Norfolk's longest fifteen inch gauge line runs between the ancient market town of Aylsham and Wroxham, the 'Capital of the Norfolk Broads'. There are also intermediate stations at Brampton, Buxton and Coltishall. You May join or alight from the trains at any station.
Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway
The Icknield Line. he Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway runs from Chinnor station, close to the beautiful Chiltern Hills and to the Vale of Aylesbury. Originally built in the 1870's to connect the towns of Watlington in Oxfordshire to Princes Risborough in Buckinghamshire it was closed by British Railways in 1989. Since then a team of volunteers has restored Chinnor station to its Victorian glory the railway operates the 3 1/2 mile ex GWR branch line as a tourist attraction for families and railway enthusiasts. A regular steam hauled service is provided every Sunday from April to October.
In 1968 the railway between Matlock and Buxton through the Peak National Park was closed and lifted. This was once part of the Midland Railway's line between Manchester Central and London St.Pancras. In 1975 a group of enthusiasts formed the Peak Railway Society with the aim of re-opening the line. Initially a Steam Centre was opened at Buxton, attention later moved to the southern end of the line, where undergrowth was hacked away and rails reinstated. Services commenced between Matlock and Darley Dale in 1991. The northern extension to the site of the former Rowsley locomotive depot saw its first passenger trains in 1997, where further facilities are currently being developed.
NLR - Northampton & Lamport Railway
The Northampton & Lamport Railway is a steam and heritage diesel operated tourist railway located in the Northamptonshire countryside just 5 miles from Northampton.
MNR - The Mid-Norfolk Railway
The Mid-Norfolk Railway is a standard-gauge preserved railway, running through the heart of rural Norfolk. The Mid-Norfolk Railway Preservation Trust was established in 1995 with the aim of buying and restoring the then-disused line between the Norfolk market towns of Dereham and Wymondham. We currently own 28km (17.5 miles) of track and trackbed through central Norfolk's most attractive countryside, making us one of the largest preserved railways in the UK today. The line is operational between Dereham and Wymondham, and we own the disused northern section from Dereham as far as County School. The line is intact (although derelict) as far as North Elmham, and a further mile of track will need to be re-laid in order to reach County School. Our long-term aim is to reach as far as Fakenham. In addition to our passenger services to Wymondham, we also run fairly regular commercial freight trains, as well as the occasional railtour. These result in a wide variety of locomotives visiting Dereham from the main line from time to time, in addition to our fleet of heritage diesel locos.
GVLR - Golden Valley Light Railway
The Golden Valley Light Railway is a 610 mm (24ins) narrow gauge railway and normally operates on selected mid-week dates; all weekends and Bank Holidays throughout the season from April to October. The running line is almost a mile in length and operates as one of a number of attractions at the Midland Railway - Butterley, Nr Ripley, Derbyshire. All rolling stock previously had an industrial use. For example, the coaches are former manriders from the coal mining industry.