Below is a list of places to visit with a railway theme 

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There is a warm welcome from the staff and volunteer's of the Welsh Highland Railway which is one of North Wales premier attractions stretching from the historic Royal borough of Caernarfon, coast to coast across the foothills of Snowdon, and on to the harbour town of Porthmadog, a distance of some 25 miles.

 

This line was completed in 2011 after years of back breaking work by volunteers and is a credit to all of them

 

 Highly recommended !!

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Please give your support this summer to the many preserved railways over the country and enjoy a great family day out. Please click on banner above for a list of names and locations of these lines.

 

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North Yorkshire Moors Railway 

 The perfect day out awaits you aboard the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, the world's most popular heritage steam railway. Be transported back to an era when magnificent steam engines ruled the railways; with services running along the 24 mile line, through the heart of the North York Moors National Park.

Start your journey at Pickering and discover the history of the Railway in the visitor centre. Relive the magic of Harry Potter and Heartbeat with a visit to Start your journey at Goathland; before walking to Grosmont along the rail trail. Next travel to Whitby and enjoy some seaside fun. 


acknowledgement to ACW Video for this wonderful video

Visit one of our traditional station tea rooms serving scrumpstious Yorkshire fayre. Stop off at Levisham and visit our artist in residence or, make a special request to the guard to visit Newtondale Halt, a perfect place to start a walking or cycling adventure and spot some magnificent wildlife on the North York Moors.

 

 

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 BROOKSIDE  MINIATURE  RAILWAY

Cheshire's Premier 7.1/4" gauge Miniature Railway 

Brookside Garden Centre - London Road North - Poynton - Stockport - Cheshire

 

Post Code  -  SK12 1BY 

 

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The Northampton & Lamport Railway is a standard gauge heritage railway in Northamptonshire, England. It is based at Pitsford and Brampton station, near the villages of Pitsford and Chapel Brampton, roughly 5 miles (8.0 km) north of Northampton. 

 

 

The line between Northampton and Market Harborough was finally closed (by British Rail) on 16 August 1981, the intermediate stations on the route having been closed for many years.

In 1984 (just 3 years after the line's closure) a group was formed with the intention of re-opening a section of the line as a heritage railway. The site opened to the public shortly afterwards. Following the granting of a Light Railway Order, the line carried its first fare-paying passengers in November 1995. The official Grand Opening Ceremony took place (just 4 months later) on 31 March 1996.

Currently, passenger trains operate on a section of line approximately 1 1⁄2 miles (2.4 km) in length, departing from and arriving at the only station, Pitsford and Brampton.

 An extension south is currently under construction which adds about an extra 1/2 mile of track.            Once complete it will include a station with sidings and run-round loop at the former Boughton Crossing on the A5199 near the village of Boughton. (see right)

  

A northern extension of the N&LR currently remains in the planning stage, but before work can start extensive repairs are needed to Bridge 14 which carries the track over the River Nene.

 

 

 A third signal box has been installed at the Boughton Terminus which was the former Betley Road signal box from Crewe, which will be used following its restoration.

This box has had many hours of work carried out both inside and outside including a new coat of paint.  (see left) 

 The Brampton Valley Way is a pathway offering a traffic-free route for walkers, and cyclists running alongside the line, separated by a stout safety fenceIn fact anyone can cycle, or even walk almost the complete distance from just north of Northampton to Market Harborough  including tunnels, following the original path of the railway. As there are car parks on the way you can park the car and walk parts of it at a time.

 

The railway is open for viewing from 10:00 to 17:00 on Sundays. Train rides are available on Sundays from March to October, diesel hauled with steam-hauled trains for special events(subject to availability). Open from March to October plus the popular Santa Specials running in the month of December.

 

  

 

If you are local to Northampton and want to get involved in running and maintaining a railway please contact them (see web site). If you are in the Northampton area and want to help support the line why not visit anytime to view via the cycle/walk way (Brampton Valley Way)along the side of the track or ride on the train on a Sunday.

 

 

Check website or ring to confirm when trains are running

            

Many thanks to the makers of the above video's 

We all love to see a steam train running so with your support this line can continue to expand and more forward. 

Many above details taken from 'Wikipedia' web site

 

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The Severn Valley Railway is a heritage railway in Shropshire and Worcestershire, England.

         The 16-mile (26 km) heritage line runs along the Severn  Valley from Bridgnorth to Kidderminster, crossing the Shropshire and Worcestershire border, following the course of the River Severn for much of its route. Train services are hauled predominantly by steam locomotives; however diesel traction is also sometimes used on designated days and during periods of high fire risk.

The railway is one of the most popular heritage railways in the country as well as being the sixth-longest standard gauge heritage line in the United Kingdom. It hosts numerous special events throughout the year, including both steam and diesel galas.

 

 

acknowledgement to ACW Video for this wonderful video

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See our unique collection of Great Western Railway steam engines, coaches, wagons, buildings and small relics; and a recreation of Brunel's broad gauge railway. Join us in our rural setting based around the original 1930s engine shed.

The Railway Centre is open every weekend throughout the year and daily from 25 May to 15 September. 

 

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Pecorama, set on the hillside above the picturesque fishing village of Beer, in Devon is home to the world's foremost manufacturer of model railway track, PECO Streamline and PECO Setrack.

On entering the famous Model Railway Exhibition, you will be greeted with a display of superbly crafted model railway layouts in all the many scales and gauges produced by the company.

 

The Beer Heights Light Railway, our award-winning  7¼ inch gauge passenger carrying miniature railway, takes you on a mile-long ride through flower filled Gardens with  breathtaking views of Lyme bay.

A great day out for all the family. 

 The Orion Pullman Carriage will also be open, serving morning coffee, lunchtime snacks and afternoon teas with homemade cakes, including delicious cream teas.

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Welcome to the Bure Valley Railway!

Norfolk's longest fifteen inch gauge line runs between the ancient market town of Aylsham and Wroxham, the 'Capital of the Norfolk Broads' with country stations serving the villages of BramptonBuxton and Coltishall.

The 18 mile round trip runs through the picturesque Bure valley countryside following the meandering river through meadowland and ancient pasture stopping occasionally at small country villages.

 

 

  Many thanks to the London West Branch of the Old Southeronions Group for this great video.

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 The volunteers and staff have re-instated a double track section from Loughborough Central to Rothley and opened a single track to Leicester North, just south of the old Belgrave & Birstall station. They have also built a new station there and have restored stations, signals and signal boxes, carriages, wagons and steam and diesel locomotives.

 

The results you see today are the results of more than forty years of hard work and dedication to keeping main line steam alive

A great family day out

we acknowledge Great Central Railway for above details & images  

 

 

acknowledgement to ACW Video for this wonderful video

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Butterley Station

Ripley, Derbyshire 

DE5 3QZ  

01773-570140

 

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Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ             08448-153130 

 

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Matlock  DE4 3NA  -   Darley  DE4 2EQ  -  Rowsley  DE4 2LF 

 Derbyshire          

 

Acknowledgement & thanks to Nick Short for this great video