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.
Whether you're a train enthusiast, looking for a fun day out with the family or an adventure for two, jump aboard and experience the magic of Churnet Valley Railway as they celebrate 2019 with an exciting range of both returning and new events.
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.