For over half a century enthusiasts have been opening heritage railways on disused lines, from humble beginnings, the early venutres have developed in to major tourist attractions, there's a whole range of railways and railway centres to visit in the UK, with around 140 being members of the Heritage Railway Association.
Launceston is a picturesque market town built on the side of a hill. The town is 42 miles west of Exeter and 26 miles north of Plymouth. It is located a mile from the River Tamar which forms the divide of Devon and Cornwall. Launceston is overshadowed by a Norman castle an ancient and dramatic landmark built in 1070 by the half-brother of William the conqueror. The town was featured extensively in Daphne du Maurier’s celebrated novel Jamaica Inn.
The Friendly Line in the Cotswolds offers a unique opportunity to sample train travel from 50 years ago. The world was changing rapidly and so on our 29 mile round trip you can sample the glory of steam and those “new” diesel railcars with the panoramic views – and for the children (young and old!) those seats right behind the driver to see what he sees. Large diesel locos also haul some services.
After over 30 years Caledonian Tank Engine No.419 is to return to England to star at the Churnet Valley Railway Winter Steam Gala, following the unavailability No. 7827 Lydham Manor.
Churnet Valley Railway are very grateful to the Scottish Railway Preservation Society for the hire of ex Caledonia Railway No. 419 at such short notice.
Travel by steam train at Brecon Mountain Railway
Travel behind a vintage steam locomotive in one of our all-weather observation coaches and admire the beautiful views of the welsh countryside.
Located just off the heads of the valley road, about 3 miles north of merthyr tydfil. Follow the mountain railway signs from the a470 and a465.
Breath-taking vistas of mountain valleys, moorlands and forest. Stunning seascapes, and panoramas of rolling countryside, without a road in sight. Discovering little known routes and places, and sights that can’t be seen from a car or coach. For some, that means hiking boots, rucksacks and maps and, often, a hearty disregard for unfriendly weather. For some eleven million people each year, it means something much easier, and quite different: taking a ride on heritage railways.
The Llanberis Lake Railway is one of several great attractions in Llanberis, the lakeside village at the foot of Snowdon. There’s so much to see and do, and something for everyone. The new Ropes and Ladders high wire course for the more adventurous; an ancient Castle, a Power Station hidden deep inside a mountain, and reminders of the once thriving slate industry in the Old Quarry Hospital and National Slate Museum. Then there’s the picturesque Padarn Country Park with its waymarked woodland and lakeside walks, and various activities including boat trips and rowing boats on Lake Padarn.
On the west coast of the Lake District, 25 miles north of Barrow-in-Furness and 50 miles south of Carlisle, lies the tiny village of Ravenglass. Once a Roman port, part of a chain of defence and supply for north-west Britain, Ravenglass is now chiefly known for the almost unique distinction of laying within two UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Hadrian’s Wall and the Lake District National Park – and, of course, its railway.
Jump aboard Yorkshire’s Great Little Steam trains at the Kirklees Light Railway in Clayton West, near Huddersfield. The light railway opened to the public in 1991 and is situated in the picturesque foothills of the South Pennines, running for three and-a-half miles along the track-bed of an old Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway branch line. The branch line originally opened in 1879 to serve the local mining and textile communities but closed to the public in 1983 amid dwindling traffic.
Llechwedd’s original cable train will make its last trip underground on 5 November
Visitors to one of North Wales’s most popular family attractions have just a few more weeks to take a ride on the UK’s steepest cable railway before it is dismantled for refurbishment.
The cable railway at Llechwedd – which made its first journey underground in 1979 – has transported over a million visitors to a depth of 500 feet, right into the heart of the slate mountain.