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ESR - East Somerset Railway
The East Somerset Railway (ESR) is an ex-Great Western Railway branchline running through the Mendip hills near Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. Steam trains run all year, with a 5-mile round trip through the rolling countryside. The East Somerset Railway was inaugarated in 1855 and opened as a broad-gauge line from Witham on the Westbury to Weymouth line to Shepton Malletin 1858, extending to Wells in 1862. Unfortunately, the line was not commercially successful and it was sold to the Great Western Railway in 1874. The railway continued on GWR and then BR hands, essentially unchanged, until 1963 when passenger services were withdrawn. Freight traffic was also reduced and the line cutback. Bitumen trains continued to Cranmore until 1985 and stone trains still use the branch as far as Merehead Quarry.
Vale of Rheidol Railway
The Vale of Rheidol Railway is one of the Great Little Trains of Wales, and was the last steam railway owned by British Rail until it was privatised in 1989. Opened in 1902, it was originally built to serve the lead mines in the Rheidol Valley. Passengers and timber also formed the mainstay of traffic on the 1ft 11ĺ in gauge route which passes through some of the most rugged terrain of any railway in the United Kingdom. Despite the narrow gauge of the rails, the locomotives and carriages - built at the Great Western Railway's Swindon Works - are as wide as their standard gauge equivalents. The VoR Railway runs for 11ĺ miles from Aberystwyth to Devil's Bridge. The terminus is adjacent to the national network station at Aberystwyth, and on the hour-long journey passengers have spectacular views of the wooded Rheidol Valley - views unseen for decades until the VoRR began its renovation programme ten years ago. This programme continues today, and will see more views opened up for VoRR passengers, and improved facilities at both terminal stations.
EVR - Ecclesbourne Valley Railway
The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway runs from Duffield, five miles north of Derby to Wirksworth, a delightful market town on the edge of the Peak District in England. After 15 years disuse, passenger services are being reintroduced in stages from 2004.
Mid-Hants Railway ('Watercress Line')
Formerly part of Britain's national rail network between the towns of Alton and Alresford in Hampshire, this preserved heritage steam railway line is now operated by dedicated volunteers for the enjoyment of all.
SVRS - Swindon & Cricklade Railway
Based on the site of Blunsdon Station between Swindon and Cirencester, the line uses part of the trackbed of the former Midland & South Western Junction Railway. The Swindon & Cricklade Railway will now be extending its line southwards towards the future Mouldon Hill Country Park, where there will be a new station, and Northwards to an initial goal of South Meadow Lane. The Northern extension will provide an immediately-usable extension to its running line.
Derwent Valley Light Railway Society
The Derwent Valley Light Railway Society is a small group of volunteers who maintain and operate train services on the remaining section of the original Derwent Valley Railway. Our railway currently operates passenger trains throughout the Summer, from Easter until September on Sundays and Bank Holidays, in addition to our very popular Santa Special trains in December.
CRS - Corris Railway Society
Official site of the Corris Railway Society giving the history, current position and future aspirations of a Narrow Gauge Steam Railway that saw passenger services resumed on June 3rd 2002 - the last being January 1930.
Welshpool &; Llanfair Light Railway
A 16 mile return journey by steam train through the foothills of Wales. The railway was built in the opening years of the 20th Century, opening in 1903 to link the rural communities to the market town of Welshpool. The gauge of 2 foot 6 inches allowed for tight curves and steep gradients following the contours of the countryside. Operated initially by the Cambrian Railways, the W&L was taken over by the Great Western Railway and British Railways being run with less and less hope of profit. After 1931 only freight was carried until eventual closure in 1956. In 1963 a group of enthusiasts rallied round and reopened the line, searching world wide for suitable rolling stock.
NYMR - North Yorkshire Moors Railway
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway provides some 18 miles of preserved steam railway running through the spectacular scenery of the North Yorkshire Moors.
We have reopened a section of the former Ruabon to Barmouth route in North Wales that was closed in the 1960s. Our heritage trains now operate at weekends for most of the year, and all week from April to October. During the summer, most trains are steam-hauled; at other times diesel locomotives or railcars may be used. The route runs from Carrog to Llangollen.
Giant's Causeway & Bushmills Railway
Providing a passenger link between the historic town of Bushmills and the famous stone columns of the Giantís Causeway World Heritage Site. The railway has been built to the Irish narrow gauge of three feet (0.915m) and runs for two miles along the track bed of the former Giantís Causeway Tram.
Birmingham Railway Museum Trust
In 1999 Birmingham Railway Museum Trust achieved its long held objective of running a regular steam train service on the national mainline railway network between Birmingham and Stratford-upon-Avon. Tyseley Locomotive Works is the engineering subsidiary of the Trust. Locomotives and other rolling stock are restored, maintained and serviced on the site of the former Great Western locomotive depot & works at Tyseley. The Museum & Depot site is now known as Tyseley Locomotive Works Visitor Centre and it is the home base for Vintage Trains and, of course, the Shakespeare Express. Vintage Trains is the main line operating subsidiary. Vintage Trains uses engines from the Tyseley collection plus guest locomotives to haul steam excursions and heritage diesel trains on the national mainline railway network to places of interest. This makes an excellent day out for both families and railway enthusiasts.
EKR - East Kent Railway
The White Cliffs Colliery Line. The East Kent Railway was constructed between 1911 and 1917 to serve the growing number of coal mines that were being sunk in the East Kent area. The consortium of mine and land owners envisaged a line that would link the collieries with the main line and a new port at Richborough. In fact, although Richborough became an important port during World War 1, the line did not cross the River Stour until after the war, by which time the port was in decline. Branch lines to Canterbury, Deal and Birchington were planned but never completed. The railway today runs from Shepherdswell to Eythorne, a four mile round trip.
NVR - Nene Valley Railway
Britain's International Steam Railway. The NVR is a standard gauge railway, which runs for seven and a half miles between Yarwell Junction and Peterborough in Cambridgeshire. The first railway to arrive in Peterborough came from Blisworth, via Northampton, Thrapston, Oundle and Wansford with the very first passenger train along the Nene Valley departing Peterborough at 7 o'clock on Monday 2 June 1845. The Nene Valley railway of today is the eastern section of this line.
Royal Deeside Railway
For over 100 years the Deeside Railway carried passengers and goods from Aberdeen into the heart of Royal Deeside, Scotland. Closed in 1966, a portion of the line is now being brought back to life by the Royal Deeside Railway Preservation Society, allowing families and enthusiasts alike a view into the fascinating way of life in the Victorian Era.
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