Alford Valley Railway

Address: Alford, Aberdeenshire, AB33 8AE
Telephone: 019755 62811   Fax: 01975 562180   Website
Gauge: 2'       Length: 2 miles      * Map     * Directions

A 2ft. gauge line built in 1979 by a group of Scottish railway enthusiasts. It usually runs using a steam-outline diesel locomotive, but once a month the line's ex-sugar plantation Fowler 0-4-0T is steamed and run.

 

Almond Valley Railway

Address: Millfield, Livingston, West Lothian, EH54 7AR
Telephone: 01506 414957   Website
Gauge: 2' 6"       Length: 0.3 miles      * Map     * Directions

The Almond Valley Railway is a recent 2' 6" gauge railway which has been developed at the Almond Valley Heritage Centre at Livingston, near Edinburgh. The Scottish new town was built in the area once famous for its oil industry - oil shale was mined and processed in the area until the 1960s. Under development on the site is a museum based on the industry; one of the exhibits will be a 2'6" gauge overhead electric locomotive built in 1902 Baldwin, which worked locally. An extension of the current 500m line is planned, and a number of ex-industrial diesel locomotives are used for passenger-hauling duties.

 

Amberley Museum

Address: Houghton Bridge,, Amberley,, ARUNDEL,, West Sussex, BN18 9LT
Telephone: 01798 831370   Fax: 01798 831831   Email   Website
Gauge: 2'       Length: 0.4 miles      * Map     * Directions

A 36 Acre open-air working museum dedicated to the industrial of South-East England

 

Amerton Railway

Address: Stowe-by-Chartley, Nr. Weston, Staffordshire, ST18 0L
Telephone: 01785 850965   Fax: 01785 850965   Email   Website
Gauge: 2'       Length: 1 miles      * Map     * Directions

The Amerton Railway is a 2ft gauge line, set in the rolling Staffordshire countryside, and situated at the very popular Amerton Working Farm. It is home to several steam and a variety of internal combustion locomotives.

 

Audley End Miniature Railway

Address: c/o Audley End Estate Office, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JL
Telephone: 01799 541354   Fax: 01799 542134   Email   Website
Gauge: 10.25"       Length: 1.5 miles      * Map     * Directions

Lord Braybrooke's private Railway running through the woods forming part of the historic Audley End Park. From April to October open every Saturday and Sunday afternoon and daily in school holidays all from 2pm. Santa Specials in December.

 

Bala Lake Railway

Address: The Station, Llanuwchllyn, Bala, Gwynedd, LL23 7DD
Telephone: 01678 540666   Fax: 01678 540535   Website
Gauge: 1' 11.5       Length: 4.5 miles      * Map     * Directions

The Bala Lake Railway runs along the shore of Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake) from Llanuwchllyn station betweenj Bala and Dolgellau. The railway is built on the original trackbed of the standard gauge GWR line from Corwen to Barmouth which closed in the 1960's. In 1971 an enterprising local group saw the possibility for running a new tourist line along the lake and the Bala Lake Railway was born.

It is now home to an impressive collection of preserved locomotives including three "Quarry Hunslets" from the Dinorwic quarry railway.

 

Beer Heights Light Railway

Address: Pecorama, Beer, Nr Seaton, Devon, EX12 3NA
Telephone: 01297 20580   Fax: 01297 20229   Website
Gauge: 7.25"       Length: miles      * Map     * Directions

 

Bicton Woodland Railway

Address: Bicton Park, East Budleigh, Budleigh Salterton, Devon, EX9 7BJ
Telephone: 01395 658465   Fax: 01359 568374   Website
Gauge: 18"       Length: 1.5 miles      * Map     * Directions

The last remaining 18" gauge public leisure railway in Britain, the Woodland Railway runs through Bicton's famous botanical gardens. The unusual gauge was chosen following the purchase of two locomotives, rolling stock and track from the internal railway that of the Woolwich Royal Armaments factory. This extensive industrial complex once boast more that 50 miles of 18" gauge track and 16 steam locomotives. These were acquired for Bicton in 1962 following the closure of the armaments line.

The locomotives "Woolwich" and "Carnegie" were sold in the late 1990's and are now to be found at the Waltham Abbey Royal Gunpowder Mills. The Bicton Woodlands Railway now uses steam-outline diesel locomotives supplied by Alan Keef, but still retains the 18" gauge track.

 

Brecon Mountain Railway

Address: Merthyr Tydfil, Mid Glamorgan, CF48 2UP
Telephone: 01685 722988   Fax: 01685 384854   Email   Website
Gauge: 1' 11.7       Length: 3.5 miles      * Map     * Directions

The Brecon Mountain Railway runs along the trackbed of the old Brecon and Merthyr Railway beside the Taf Fechan Reservoir. Built in 1980 it is one of the newest narrow gauge railways in Wales. The BMR is home to a number of interesting overseas steam locomotives including a beautifully restored Baldwin 2-6-2 of distinctly American outline - although it originally worked in South Africa.

 

Bredgar & Wormshill Light Railway

Address: The Warren, Bredgar, Kent, ME9 8AT
Telephone: 01622 884254   Fax: 01622 884668   Website
Gauge: 2'       Length: 0.6 miles      * Map     * Directions

 

Bressingham Steam Museum

Address: Bressingham, Diss, Norfolk, IP22 2AB
Telephone: 01379 687382   Email   Website
Gauge: 2'/15"       Length: miles      * Map     * Directions

 

Bure Valley Railway

Address: Aylsham Station, Norwich Road, Aylsham, Norfolk, NR11 6BW
Telephone: 01263 733858   Fax: 01263 733814   Website
Gauge: 15"       Length: 9 miles      * Map     * Directions

Built in 1990, the railway runs between Aylsham and Wroxham, with intermediate stations at Brampton, Buxton and Coltishall.

 

Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway

Address: Lakeside Station, Kings Road, Cleethorpes, Humberside, DB35 0AG
Telephone: 01472 604657   Email   Website
Gauge: 15"       Length: 1 miles      * Map     * Directions

Lincolnshire's premier narrow gauge railway operating along Cleethorpes foreshore and Lakeside. Trains can be caught at either Kingsway or Lakeside Stations. Visit the Station Masters Gift Shop, Brief Encounters Tea-room or have a hot meal at the Fourways Cafe. Our friendly staff will always provide a warm welcome from the East Of England's last surviving steam seaside light railway.

 

Corris Railway and Museum

Address: Station Yard, Corris, Machynlleth, , SY20 9SH
Telephone: 01654 761303   Website
Gauge: 2' 3"       Length: 0.5 miles      * Map     * Directions

The Corris Railway was the first steam hauled, narrow gauge railway in Mid-Wales. Although the original railway closed in 1948, the line is being revived and currently offers a short ride between Corris and the shed at Maespoeth. A replica of steam locomotive No.4 is being built and will soon be hauling passenger trains again in the beautiful Dulas valley.

 

Devon Railway Centre

Address: Bickleigh, Nr. Tiverton, Devon, EX16 8RG
Telephone: 01844 855671   Email   Website
Gauge: 2'       Length: 0.5 miles      * Map     * Directions

Set in the grounds of the old Bickleigh Station in the beautiful Exe valley, the Devon Railway Centre has a large selection of rolling stock, as well as attractions for all the family.

There is a 2' gauge railway and a miniature line, as well as three coaches packed with model railways.

 

Dobwalls Family Adventure Park

Address: Dobwalls, Liskeard, Cornwall, PL14 6HB
Telephone: 01579 320325  
Gauge: 7.25"       Length: 2 miles      * Map     * Directions

 

Eastleigh Lakeside Railway

Address: Lakeside Country Park, Wide Lane, Eastleigh, Hampshire,
Telephone: 02380 636612   Email   Website
Gauge: 10¼" /       Length: 1.25 miles      * Map     * Directions

 

Exmoor Steam Centre

Address: Cape of Good Hope Farm, Bratton Fleming, Barnstaple, Devon, EX32 7JN
Telephone: 01598 710711  
Gauge: 12.5       Length: 1 miles      * Map     * Directions

 

Fairbourne & Barmouth Railway

Address: Beach Road, Fairbourne, Gwynedd, LL38 2PZ
Telephone: 01341 250362   Fax: 01341 250240   Email   Website
Gauge: 12.25"       Length: 2.25 miles      * Map     * Directions

The Fairbourne and Barmouth railway started out life in 1895 as a 2ft. gauge horse-drawn tramway linking Fairbourne with the ferry across to Barmouth. At that date the tramway and ferry were the only link across the Mawddach estuary, the alternative being a 20 mile detour to the nearest upriver bridge. The tramway survived until 1916, by which time the Barmouth railway bridge had been built and the ferry's business was greatly reduced.

The tramway was converted to a 15" gauge minature railway using steam traction. For many years the line continued to operate with a variety of interesting stock. By the mid-80's the railway was in poor shape, and in 1984 the whole enterprise was brought by John Ellerton who had run a similar line to 12.25" guage in Brittany, France. He moved his relatively new locomotives over to Fairbourne and re-gauged the railway to 12.25". Thus the F&B is the amazing shrinking railway of Wales.

Today you can still take the minature train through the sand dunes to Penrhyn Point.

 

Ffestiniog Railway

Address: Harbour Station, Porthmadog, Gwynedd, LL49 9NF
Telephone: 01766 516073   Fax: 01766 516006   Email   Website
Gauge: 1' 11.5       Length: 13.5 miles      * Map     * Directions

The oldest independent railway company in the world of any gauge, the Ffestiniog is best known of the Welsh narrow gauge lines. It has been running steam-hauled passenger service from Porthmaodg to Blaenau Ffestiniog since the 1860's, although it took a number of years to restore the full line after the second world war.

The railway boasts an impressive locomotive roster including three Double Fairlie engines - the only line in the world still operating these fascinating beasts. The railway's Boston Lodge engineering works is still building new locomotives as well as restoring historical engines and keeping the line's existing historical stock running.

 

Gartell Light Railway

Address: Common Lane, Yenston, Templecombe, Somerset, BA8 0NB
Telephone: 01963 370752   Email   Website
Gauge: 2'       Length: 1 miles      * Map     * Directions

 

Glyn Valley Tramway

Address: The Glyn Valley Hotel, Glyn Ceriog, Wrecsam, , LL20 7EU
Telephone:   Email   Website
Gauge: 2' 4.5"       Length: 0 miles      * Map     * Directions

The GVT was an idiosyncratic line that hauled slate and granite from the quarries at Glyn Ceriog to the canal at Chirk, in the Welsh borders. Although the tramway closed in 1935 and its stock has long since been scrapped, a group has formed recently to create a museum for this long-lost line. There are long term plans to build a replica train, and perhaps revive a short section of the line.

 

Golden Valley Light Railway

Address: The Midland Railway Centre, Butterley Station, Ripley, Derbyshire, DE5 3QZ
Telephone: 01773 747674   Fax: 01773 570721   Website
Gauge: 2'       Length: miles      * Map     * Directions

 

Gorse Blossom Miniature Railway & Woodland Park

Address: Liverton, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 6JD
Telephone: 01626 821361   Fax: 01626 821361   Email   Website
Gauge: 7.25"       Length: miles      * Map     * Directions

 

Grosvenor Park Miniature Railway

Address: ??????, ,
Telephone: 01244 676938   Fax: 01244 674693   Email   Website
Gauge: 7.25"       Length: miles      * Map     * Directions

 

Groudle Glen Railway

Address: (enquiries) 29 Harwarden Avenue, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM1 4BP
Telephone: 01624 622138  
Gauge: 2'       Length: 0.75 miles      * Map     * Directions

The railway is situated 2 miles from Douglas on the coast road to Laxey.

 

Hilcote Valley Railway

Address: Fletchers Garden Centre, Stone Road, Eccleshall, Staffordshire, ST21 6JY
Telephone: 01785 284553   Fax: 01785 284553   Email   Website
Gauge: 7.25"       Length: miles      * Map     * Directions

 

Hollycombe Steam Collection

Address: Iron Hill, Liphook, Hampshire, GU30 7LP
Telephone: 01428 724900   Fax: 01428 723682   Email   Website
Gauge: 2'/7.25       Length: 1.5/ miles      * Map     * Directions

 

Isle of Man Steam railway

Address: Isle of Man Transport, Banks Circus, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM1 5PT
Telephone: 01624 663366  
Gauge: 3'       Length: 15 miles      * Map     * Directions

 

Kew Bridge Steam Museum

Address: Green Dragon Lane, Brentford, Middlesex, TW8 0EN
Telephone: 020 8568 4757   Website
Gauge: 2'       Length: 0.1 miles      * Map     * Directions

The Kew Bridge Steam Museum is housed in the Victorian Kew Bridge pumping station. In addtion to its excellent collection of stationary pumping engines, the Hampshire Narrow Gauge Railway Society runs a short demonstration line in the grounds. Although only about 100 yards long, the line has two steam locomotives: Cloister and Wendy.

 

Kirklees Light Railway

Address: Park Mill, Clayton West, Nr. Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD8 9XJ
Telephone: 01484 865727   Website
Gauge: 15"       Length: 3.25 miles      * Map     * Directions

 

Lappa Valley Steam Railway

Address: St. Newlyn East, Newquay, Cornwall, TR8 5HZ
Telephone: 01872 510317   Website
Gauge: 15"       Length: miles      * Map     * Directions

 

Launceston Steam Railway

Address: St. Thomas Road, Launceston, Cornwall, PL15 8DA
Telephone: 01566 775665  
Gauge: 1' 11 5       Length: 2.5 miles      * Map     * Directions

 

Leadhills and Wanlockhead Railway

Address: The Station, Leadhills, Leadhills, Lanarkshire,
Telephone: 01573 223691   Website
Gauge: 2'       Length: 0.75 miles      * Map     * Directions

 

Leighton Buzzard Railway

Address: Page's Park Station, Billington Road, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 4TN
Telephone: 01525 373888   Fax: 01525 377814   Email   Website
Gauge: 2'       Length: 3 miles      * Map     * Directions

Built in 1919 to carry sand from the pits to the north of Leighton Buzzard to the canal and standard gauge railway to the south, the Leighton Buzzard Light Railway was the epitome of an English narrow gauge industrial railway. Although it briefly used two steam locomotives when it opened, for almost all of its lifetime it used characteristic Motor Rail "Simplex" petrol and diesel locos. These were first developed for use in the trenches of the first world war and continue in production today. The line eventually had more than 40 of these rail tractors, with many more employed in the sand quarries themselves.

In 1969 the railway sucuumbed to road transport, but a few dedicated volunteers saved most of the line and restored it to working order. For the first time in its history, passengers were carried. Steam haulage was re-introduced after a 50 years absence. The line now runs from Pages Park to Stonehenge and offers a fascinating glimpse into Britain's industrial past. In addition to a collection of steam locomotives from the UK and around the globe, the Leighton Buzzard has perhaps the most comprehensive collection of ex-industrial internal combustion loocomotives in the world. It offers a ride that passes through industrial units, housing estates and open countryside and climbs what may be the steepest section of adhesion-worked public railway in the UK.

 

Llanberis Lake Railway

Address: Padarn Country Park, Llanberis, Gwynedd, LL55 4TY
Telephone: 01286 870549   Email   Website
Gauge: 1' 11.5       Length: 2.75 miles      * Map     * Directions

The Llanberis Lake railway is built on the track bed of part of the 4ft gauge Padarn Railway, which from 1843 to 1961 carried slates from Dinorwic Quarry, Llanberis, to Port Dinorwic on the Menai Strait. After the Padarn Railway closed the interal 1' 10.75" gauge quarry lines continued to be used until 1969 when the vast Dinorwic quarry finally closed. Several of the locomotives from the quarry were saved and in 1971 the Llanberis Lake Railway was born.

The railway has been recently extended to a new station on the edge of Llanberis. From there you ride to the Welsh Slate Museum, housed in the old quarry workshops. The railway runs from there along the shores of Llyn Padarn to Penllyn at the southern end of the lake. The collection of re-gauged "Quarry Hunslet" locomotives saved from the quarry lines still run on the line today.

 

Lynbarn Railway

Address: Downland Cross, Clovelly, Devon,
Telephone: 01237 431255  
Gauge: 2'       Length: 0.6 miles      * Map     * Directions

 

Lynton and Barnstaple Railway

Address: Woody Bay Station, Martinhoe Cross, Parracombe, Devon, EX31 4RA
Telephone: 01598 763487   Website
Gauge: 1'11.5"       Length: 0.25 miles      * Map     * Directions

Perhaps the most famous English narrow gauge railway, the Lynton and Barnstaple opened in 1898 connecting the coastal resort of Lynton with the standard gauge line at Barnstaple. It was hoped that a significant tourist trade would make the railway profitable, but despite being taken over and refurbished by the Southern Railway it closed in 1935.

Moves have been afoot for a long time to re-open the line, and since 2004 passengers have been carried at Woody Bay. In 2006 a new, temporary terminus was opened at Killington Lane - a mile towards Parracombe from Woody Bay.

Two restored original stock items - 3rd Class Observation coach 7 and van 23 are also on display at Woody Bay.

 

Manx Electric Railway

Address: Douglas, Laxey & Ramsey, Isle of Man,
Telephone: 01624 663366  
Gauge: 3'       Length: 17 miles      * Map     * Directions

Opened in 1893, the line still operates using original vintage rolling stock, dating from 1893 to 1906.

 

Moors Valley Railway & Country Park

Address: Horton Road, Ashley Heath, Nr Ringwood, Hampshire,
Telephone: 01425 471415   Email   Website
Gauge: 7.25"       Length: 1 miles      * Map     * Directions

 

Morwellham Quay Open Air Museum

Address: Morwellham Quay, Near Tavistock, Devon, PL19 8JL
Telephone: 01822 832766   Fax: 01822 833808   Email   Website
Gauge: 2'       Length: 0.5 miles      * Map     * Directions

 

Moseley Railway Trust

Address: Apedale, Staffordshire,
Telephone: 01663 766992   Email   Website
Gauge: 2'       Length: 0 miles      * Map     * Directions

The Moseley Tramway began as a project at the Moseley School using equipment from a local brickworks. Although no longer associated with the school, the trust has amassed a collection of around 50 internal combustion and steam locomotives from British industry. It now rivals the Leighton Buzzard railway as the most important industrial collection in the UK.

Currently the collection is in storage as a new public location is arranged.

 

Mull & West Highland Narrow Gauge Railway

Address: Craignure (Old Pier), Isle of Mull, Scotland, Western Isles, PA65 6AY
Telephone: 01680 812494   Fax: 01680 300595   Email   Website
Gauge: 10.25"       Length: 1.25 miles      * Map     * Directions

 

North Gloucestershire Narrow Gauge Railway

Address: The Railway Station, Toddington, Gloucestershire, GL54 5DT
Telephone: 01242 621405   Website
Gauge: 2'       Length: 0.1 miles      * Map     * Directions

Based at the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway, a well-known standard gauge line, the NGNGR is a short narrow gauge railway located at Toddington station. It offers short rides behind diesel locomotives or the line's 0-8-0T "Feldbahn" steam engine.

 

North Ings Farm Museum

Address: Dorrington, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN4 3QB
Telephone: 01526 833100   Website
Gauge: 2'       Length: 0.25 miles      * Map     * Directions

Although built as late as 1971, the North Ings Farm Railway was a true agricultural line - serving the chicken sheds on the farm. When the poultry business closed in 1981 the railway slowly transformed into an attraction for visitors to what had become a museum of agricultural life.

The railway boasts a variety of rolling stock including an unusual steam tram engine called "Swift".

 

Perrygrove Railway

Address: Coleford, Royal Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, GL16 8QB
Telephone: 01594 834991   Website
Gauge: 15"       Length: 0.75 miles      * Map     * Directions

 

Pinewood Miniature Railway

Address: Pinewood Leisure Centre, Old Wokingham Road, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 3AQ
Telephone:   Email   Website
Gauge: ??       Length: 0.75 miles      * Map     * Directions

 

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

Address: Ravenglass Station, Ravenglass, Cumbria, CA18 1SW
Telephone: 01229 717171   Website
Gauge: 15"       Length: 7 miles      * Map     * Directions

 

Rhyl Miniature Railway

Address: ????, ,
Telephone: 01352 759109   Website
Gauge: 15"       Length: 1 miles      * Map     * Directions

Find us behind the Ocean Beach funfair, near the west end of the promenade. We offer a mile long ride on our historic fifteen inch gauge railway, now operated entirely by volunteers.

 

Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway

Address: New Romney Station, New Romney, Kent, TN28 8PL
Telephone: 01797 362353   Website
Gauge: 15"       Length: 13.5 miles      * Map     * Directions

 

Rudyard Lake Steam Railway

Address: Rudyard Old Station, Nr. Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 8PF
Telephone: 01995 672280  
Gauge: 10.25"       Length: 1.5 miles      * Map     * Directions

 

Scottish Industrial Railway Centre

Address: Minnevey, Dalmellington, East Ayrshire, KA6 7SL
Telephone: 01560 600713   Email   Website
Gauge: 3'       Length: miles      * Map     * Directions

Although mainly devoted to the preservation of standard gauge Scottish industrial railways, the museum also has a number of narrow gauge locomotives and items of rolling stock in its colleciton, including a 3ft. gauge Hunslet from Killoch Colliery.

 

Seaton Electric Tramway

Address: Harbour Road, Seaton, Devon, EX12 2NQ
Telephone: 01297 20375   Fax: 01297 625626   Email   Website
Gauge: 2' 9"       Length: 3.2 miles      * Map     * Directions

 

Sherwood Forest Farm Park

Address: Lamb Pens Farm, Edwinstowe, Nr Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG21 9HL
Telephone: 01623 515339   Website
Gauge: 15"       Length: 0.25 miles      * Map     * Directions

We are a separate venture to the farm park operating as a club on Sat/Sun afternoons from Easter to Oct 14th inclusive. There is a fee to enter the park and membership is £1 for a Month, rides are free to members only. Please telephone for more details.

 

Sittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway

Address: Milton Road, Sittingbourne, Kent,
Telephone:   Website
Gauge: 2' 6"       Length: 2 miles      * Map     * Directions

 

Snaefell Mountain Railway

Address: Laxey, Isle of Man,
Telephone: 01624 663366  
Gauge: 3' 6"       Length: 4.75 miles      * Map     * Directions

 

Snowdon Mountain Railway

Address: Llanberis, Gwynedd, LL55 4TY
Telephone: 0870 458 0033   Fax: 01286 872518   Email   Website
Gauge: 800mm       Length: 4.75 miles      * Map     * Directions

The Snowdon Mountain Railway is unique in Britain, being the only public rack railway. It runs from Llanberis to 20 feet below the summit of Mount Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales.

Opened in 1896, it uses the Abt rack system developed in Switzerland to allow the one-carriage trains to ascend nearly 3,000ft in a little over 4 miles. Although it now has a fleet of diesel locomotives and railcars, many services are still steam operated using locomotives dating back to the 1890's.

The ride up Snowdon gives spectacular views and glorious sound effects as the locomotives work hard pushing your carriage up the mountain - weather permiting of course.

 

South Tynedale Railway

Address: The Railway Station, Alston, Cumbria, CA9 3JB
Telephone: 01434 381696   Email   Website
Gauge: 2'       Length: 2.25 miles      * Map     * Directions

 

Stapleford Miniature Railway

Address: The Old Forge, Stapleford Park, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE14 2EF
Telephone:   Email  
Gauge: 10.25"       Length: 2 miles      * Map     * Directions

Built as a stately house tourist attraction, and now in private preservation. 3 British and 2 unique North American 1/5th scale live steam locos, running around a testing line of nearly 2 miles, including river crossings and tunnel. Trains run at scale line speeds and haul public trains twice yearly in June and August as part of charity steam events. Full details on website.

 

Steeple Grange Light Railway

Address: Steeple Grange, Bolehill, Derbyshire, DE4 4FS
Telephone:   Website
Gauge: 18"       Length: 0.75 miles      * Map     * Directions

A recent addtion to the UK narrow gauge scene, the Steeple Grange Light Railway is built on the evocatively named "Killer's Branch" of the Cromford and High Peak railway. The Cromford and High Peak was a standard gauge railway dating back to 1830 that criss-crossed the Derbyshire Dales and employed inclines to overcome the steep hillsides. It finally closed in 1967.

In 1988 the Steeple Grange Light Railway Society was formed to run a railway using local ex-industrial stock, much from the Ladywash mine in Eyam. This dictated the unusual 18" gauge.

This unusual line currently has a collection of 7 diesel and battery-electric locomotives and offers short rides in converted "manrider" carriages.

 

Talyllyn Railway

Address: Wharf Station, Tywyn, Gwynedd, LL36 9EY
Telephone: 01654 710472   Fax: 01654 711755   Email   Website
Gauge: 2' 3"       Length: 7.5 miles      * Map     * Directions

The Talyllyn railway has been operating continuously since 1865. It was built to haul slate from the Bryn Eglwys quarry near Abergynolwyn to the coast at Tywyn. For nearly 100 years trains ran up and down the valley using the original two locomotives and four carriages. By the time of WWII the line was increasingly decrepit and although the line continued to operate the quarry shut at the end of 1946 and the railway seemed doomed. In 1950 the last train ran and it seemed this little line would finally fail. But a group of dedicated enthusiasts had noticed the Talyllyn and a preservation society was formed to rescue and run the railway. The society ran its first trains over the Whit holiday in 1951 and thus the Talyllyn became the first railway in the world to be rescued and run by volunteers.

The first few years were difficult, with worn out stock and track that in places was held together more by the grass between the rails than sleepers. But the Talyllyn survived and was gradually bought up to proper railway standards. Two locomotives and a small amount of stock were brought from the nearby Corris Railway which had recently closed and was luckily also of the unusual 2’ 3” gauge. More locomotives followed including No. 7 ”Tom Rolt” a brand new engine built by the railway in 1991.

Today steam locomotives, including the original 1865 engines, still pull trains along the Fathew valley from Tywyn to Nant Gwernol, just below the old quarry.

 

Tamarisk Miniature Railway

Address: Old Macdonald's Farm, Porthcothan Bay, Padstow, Cornwall,
Telephone: 01841 540829  
Gauge: 7.25"       Length: 0.1 miles      * Map     * Directions

 

Teifi Valley Railway

Address: Henllan Station, Henllan, Nr. Newcastle Emlyn, Ceredigion, SA44 5TD
Telephone: 01559 371077   Website
Gauge: 1 11.7       Length: 1.75 miles      * Map     * Directions

 

Trago Mills steam railway

Address: Trago Mills Leisure Park, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 6JD
Telephone:  
Gauge: 10.25"       Length: 0.1 miles      * Map     * Directions

 

Vale of Rheidol Railway

Address: Park Avenue, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 1PG
Telephone: 01970 625819   Fax: 01970 623769   Email   Website
Gauge: 1' 11.7       Length: 11.7 miles      * Map     * Directions

 

Waltham Abbey Royal Gunpowder Mills

Address: The Lodge, Powdermill Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1BN
Telephone:   Website
Gauge: 18"       Length: 0 miles      * Map     * Directions

Having purchased the surviving 18" gauge locomotives from the Bicton Woodland Railway, the Royal Gunpowdert Mills are now creating a narrow gauge line at their site to show the role railways played in the development of the armaments industry. This is particularly appropriate since two of the ex-Bicton locos are the sole survivors of the Woolwich Royal Armaments complex that had an extensive rail system. These locos are "Woolwich" an 0-4-0T built by Avonside in 1916 and "Carnegie" a Bo-Bo diesel built by Hunslet in 1954.

Although not yet operational it is hoped to be running passenger services, probably on a 2' 6" demonstration line in 2005.

 

Wells & Walsingham Light Railway

Address: Wells-next-to-the-Sea, Norfolk, NR23 1QB
Telephone: 01328 710631  
Gauge: 10.25"       Length: miles      * Map     * Directions

 

Welsh Highland Railway (Caernarfon)

Address: Harbour Station, Porthmadog, Gwynedd, LL49 9NF
Telephone: 01766 516024   Fax: 01766 516005   Email   Website
Gauge: 1' 11.5       Length: 12 miles      * Map     * Directions

The northern end of the revived Welsh Highland Railway is being rebuilt by the Ffestiniog Railway in grand style. Running from the water’s edge in Caernarfon the line currently runs on the old standard gauge trackbed to Dinas Junction where it rejoins the original WHR right-of-way and heads deep into the Snowdonia National Park. The present terminus is at Rhyd Ddu about half way along the eventual route.

Only one of the original WHR locomotives survives, and now runs on the WHR (Porthmadog) line. To operate the new WHR (Caernarfon) line a set of locomotives have been imported from recently abandoned lines in South Africa. These magnificent machines are the ultimate development of narrow gauge steam and enable a brisk “main line” service to be run on the new railway.

Running along the southern edge of Mount Snowdon through some of the most spectacular scenery in Britain, this revived line is a blend of the old and the new. When the work is completed to link south through Beddgelert to the Porthmadog section, it will form the longest narrow gauge line in the UK.

 

Welsh Highland Railway (Porthmadog)

Address: The Station, Tremadog Road, Porthmadog, Gwynedd,
Telephone: 01766 513402   Email   Website
Gauge: 1' 11.5       Length: 0.75 miles      * Map     * Directions

The original Welsh Highland Railway was part of a grand Victorian scheme to create an empire of narrow gauge lines covering North Wales. The section linking Porthmadog with Caernarfon was the only part built, although it stopped a few miles south of Caernarfon at Dinas Junction. It finally opened in its entire length in 1923. The railway struggled and although it was eventually taken over by the neighbouring Ffestiniog Railway it closed in 1937.

After many years of slumber, which saw the remaining stock sold or scrapped and the line pulled up during WWII, the revival began in the mid 1960's. After years of slow but steady progress the Welsh Highland is being revived in two parts. The Ffestiniog Railway is rebuilding south from the Caernarfon end (see separate entry) and the volunteer Welsh Highland Railway Ltd. is rebuilding northwards from Porthmadog. This line currently runs out of Porthmadog towards Pen-y-mount. On the return journey you stop at the engineering headquarters at Gelert’s Farm and have an opportunity to tour the works. The line is currently being extended towards Pont Croesor, 2 miles north towards Beddgelert.

In a few years the two lines will become one and you will be able to travel by narrow gauge train from Porthmadog to Caernarfon through some of the most beautiful scenery in Wales.

A Talking Timetable in English is available on 0870 321 2402 and in Welsh on 0870 321 3402 (calls to both numbers charged at normal national rate)

 

Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway

Address: The Station, Llanfair Caereinion, Powys, SY21 0SF
Telephone: 01938 810441   Fax: 01938 810861   Website
Gauge: 2' 6"       Length: 8 miles      * Map     * Directions

 

West Lancashire Light Railway

Address: Station Road, Hesketh Bank, Nr. Preston, Lancashire, PR4 6SS
Telephone: 01772 815881   Website
Gauge: 2'       Length: miles      * Map     * Directions

 

Wicksteed Park

Address: Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN15 6NJ
Telephone: 01536 512475   Fax: 01536 518948   Email   Website
Gauge: 2'       Length: 1.25 miles      * Map     * Directions

The Railway was the dream of Charles Wicksteed but unfortunately he died before it was completed. The track is 24" gauge (about 60 centimetres) and runs for 11/4 miles around the lake, passing '7 level crossings and 4 bridges.

 

Windmill Farm Railway

Address: Windmill Animal Farm, Red Cat Lane, Buscough, Lancashire,
Telephone: 01704 892282   Email   Website
Gauge: 15"       Length: 0.4 miles      * Map     * Directions

 

Yaxham Light Railway

Address: , , NR19 1AB
Telephone:   Email   Website
Gauge: 2'       Length: miles      * Map     * Directions

Please note: this is a private railway with no general public access. However visits can be arranged in advance by contacting the line at the email address given.

 

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