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British Tourist Railways & Museums

This guide to heritage railways and railway museums in Britain & Ireland includes steam trains, trams, miniature railways, and other preserved sites.

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Aberystwyth Cliff Railway - The longest electric cliff railway in Britain climbs Constitution Hill at the northern end of Aberystwyth promenade in Wales

Alderney Railway - Only railway in the Channel Islands, operating weekend excursions on a 5km route

Amerton Railway - Narrow gauge steam railway in the rolling Staffordshire countryside; Weston, UK

Appleby Frodingham Railway Preservation Society - Steam/diesel railway in Scunthorpe, South Humberside, UK

Avon Valley Railway - 6-mile steam-powered excursions along the former Mangotsfield to Bath Green Park branch of the old Midland Railway; Keynsham, Bristol, UK

Babbacombe Cliff Railway - Funicular railway in Torquay, Devon, UK

Bala Lake Railway - Narrow gauge train along the shores of Wales' largest natural lake; West Heath, Birmingham, UK

Barry Tourist Railway - Heritage line based at the South Wales seaside resort of Barry Island, UK

Battlefield Line Railway - Steam railway between Shackerstone, Market Bosworth & Shenton in Leicestershire, UK

Bekonscot Model Village - Six little 1930s villages in a 1-1/2 acre miniature landscape of farms and fields, castles and churches, woods, lakes, and rolling hills; Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, UK

Bishop's Castle Railway Museum - Preserves artifacts from Bishop's Castle Railway; Shropshire, UK

Bluebell Railway - Steam excursions from Sheffield Park, Sussex, UK

Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway - 3.5-mile railway along the shores of the Firth of Forth in Bo'ness, UK

Bodmin & Wenford Railway - 13-mile steam excursions in Cornwall, UK

Brecon Mountain Railway - Steam excursions through Brecon Beacons National Park; Merthyr Tydfil, Mid Glamorgan, UK

Bredgar & Wormshill Light Railway - 2-foot gauge steam railway; Bredgar, Kent, UK

Bridgnorth Castle Hill Railway - Electric funicular railway in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, UK

Buckinghamshire Railway Centre - 28-acre railway centre based around the Victorian built Quainton Road Railway Station located 6 miles north of Aylesbury, UK

Bure Valley Railway - 18-mile steam excursions on a 15" gauge railway between Aylsham & Wroxham, Norfolk, UK

Caledonian Railway - 4-mile preserved railway operates between Brechin and Bridge of Dun, UK

Cambrian Line - Operates from Machynlleth to Aberystwyth (to the south) and Pwllheli (to the north), UK

Cambrian Railways Trust - Preserves the Cambrian Railways for steam excursions from Oswestry, UK

Castlerea Railway Museum - Private collection of rail memorabilia in Ireland

Chasewater Railway - 1.25-mile standard gauge track in Chasewater Pleasure Park, UK

Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway - Standard gauge steam and diesel excursions from Chinnor, Oxfordshire, UK

Cholsey and Wallingford Railway - Steam and diesel excursions on a 2.5-mile branchline, linking Wallingford with the national railway network at Cholsey, UK

Churnet Valley Railway - Steam and diesel excursions through Churnet Valley from Cheddleton, Staffordshire, UK

Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway - 15" gauge live steam railway in Kinsway, Cleethorpes, UK

Colne Valley Railway - Steam and diesel excursions; Castle Hedingham, Essex, UK

Colonel Stephens Railway Museum - Records the career of Holman Fred Stephens - light railway promoter, engineer, and manager; Tenterden, Kent, UK

Corris Railway Museum - Steam-hauled passenger trains in Corris, Machynlleth, Powys, UK

Crich Tramway Village - Home of the National Tramway Museum; Matlock, Derbyshire, UK

Dean Forest Railway - Steam excursions from Lydney, Gloucestershire, UK

Didcot Railway Centre - Home of the Great Western Society and its unique collection of Great Western Railway steam engines, coaches, wagons, buildings, small relics, and a recreation of Brunel's broad gauge railway; Didcot, Oxfordshire, UK

Douglas Bay Tramway - Only surviving horse tramway in the UK, located on the Isle of Man

Downpatrick & County Down Railway - Ireland's only preserved full-size heritage railway

East Anglia Transport Museum - Operates Woodland Tramway and two-foot gauge railway; Lowestoft, Suffolk, UK

East Anglian Railway Museum - Equipment and memorabilia on display, operating miniature trains, plus steam and diesel train rides; Colchester, Essex, UK

East Kent Railway - Excursions on the two-mile White Cliffs Colliery Line from Shepherdswell, Dover, Kent, UK

East Lancashire Railway - Steam excursions from Bury to Rawtenstall in Lancashire, UK

East Somerset Railway - Steam railway in the Somerset Hills, UK

Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway - Steam and diesel excursions from Skipton, North Yorkshire, UK

Epping Ongar Railway - Heritage railway from Ongar, Essex, UK

Evesham Vale Light Railway - 15" gauge steam railway in Evesham, Worcestershire, UK

Exeter West Signal Box - 131-lever Exeter West Signal Box completely rebuilt and re-equipped exactly as it was in 1960; operational for simulations on specific dates; Crewe, UK

Fairbourne Steam Railway - 12-1/4" gauge steam railway featuring four half-size steam locomotives in Fairbourne, Gwynedd, UK

Fancott Miniature Railway - 7-1/4" gauge steam railway; Fancott, Bedfordshire, UK

Ffestiniog Railway - Excursions through the Snowdonia National Park, between Porthmadog and Blaenau Ffestiniog in North Wales

Fintown Railway - Train rides on three miles of the former County Donegal Railway; Fintown, Ireland

Foxfield Railway - 5.5 mile steam train excursions from Blythe Bridge, Staffordshire, UK

Giants Causeway and Bushmills Railway - Two mile steam train rides between the historic town of Bushmills and the famous stone columns of the Giant's Causeway World Heritage Site; Bushmills, Northern Ireland

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway - Steam railway in the Cotswold area of the UK

Golden Valley Light Railway - 610 mm (24in) narrow gauge railway at Midland Railway Centre, Derbyshire, UK

Great Central Railway - Main line steam railway in Britain on a preserved section from Loughborough to Birstall

Great Laxey Mine Railway - 19" gauge railway operating two steam replicas of the original mine locomotives; Isle of Man, UK

Greater Manchester Transport Society - Operates the Museum of Transport in Manchester, UK

Gwili Railway - Standard steam gauge railway; Bronwydd Arms, Wales

Head of Steam - Railway museum in Darlington, Durham, UK

Heaton Park Tramway - Tram and museum operated by The Manchester Transport Museum Society, UK

Isle of Man Guide - Photos and information about the Steam Railway, Electric Railway (world's oldest tram cars in regular operation), Groudle Glen Railway, and the Snaefell Mountain Railway, all on the Isle of Man between the UK and Ireland

Isle of Man Heritage Railways - 65 miles of scenic Victorian railways and tramways

Isle of Mull Railway - 1-1/4 mile steam and diesel excursions from Craignure, Scotland

Isle of Wight Steam Railway - Steam excursions in vintage carriages which formerly ran on the Island system; Havenstreet, Isle of Wight, UK

Keighley and Worth Valley Railway - Steam railway in West Yorkshire, UK

Keith and Dufftown Railway - 11-mile diesel-powered heritage railway through the major whisky producing area of Scotland between Keith and Dufftown

Kent & East Sussex Steam Railway - Operates steam and diesel trains through 10.5 miles of countryside between Tenterden in Kent and Bodiam in East Sussex, UK

Kew Bridge Steam Museum - Shortline steam train rides on the Waterworks Railway in London, UK

Kidderminster Railway Museum - Houses a collection of railway artifacts at the Severn Valley Railway in Worcestershire, UK

Kirklees Light Railway - Steam excursions on a 4-mile 15" gauge railway in Clayton West, West Yorkshire, UK

Kirklees Light Railway, Friends of the - Volunteers that support the UK narrow gauge steam railway

Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway - Steam railway in Haverthwaite, Cumbria, UK

Lakeside Miniature Railway - 15" gauge steam railway in Southport, Merseyside, UK

Lappa Valley Steam Railway - 15" narrow gauge steam railway in Newquay, Cornwall, UK

Launceston Steam Railway - 2.5-mile narrow gauge steam railway links the historic town of Launceston with the hamlet of Newmills along the trackbed of the old North Cornwall Railway; Cornwall, UK

Lavender Line, The - Working railway museum with artifacts displayed in the former Goods Office; Isfield, East Sussex, UK

Leadhills & Wanlockhead Railway - 2-foot gauge diesel railway on the former Caledonian Railway trackbed in Leadhills, Lanarkshire, UK

Leighton Buzzard Railway - 6-mile steam excursions on a former two foot gauge industrial railway between Page's Park and Stonehenge Works in Bedfordshire, UK

Lincolnshire Wolds Railway - Standard gauge steam railway in Ludborough, Lincolnshire, UK

Llanberis Lake Railway - Built on the track bed of part of the 4ft gauge Padarn Railway; Llanberis, Caernarfon, UK

Llangollen Railway - Includes timetable, special events, stock list, and photos; North Wales, UK

Lynton & Barnstaple Railway - Narrow gauge steam excursions in North Devon, UK

Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway - Victorian water powered lift (incline railway) between Lynton and Lynmouth in North Devon, UK

Mangapps Railway Museum - Privately owned railway with ten steam and diesel locomotives, established on a farm at Burnham on Crouch, Essex, UK

Manx Electric Railway Society - Photos, timetables, and history of electric trams on the Isle of Man

Markeaton Park Light Railway - 15" gauge railway with regular steam and diesel operation in Markeaton Park, Derby, UK

Mid-Hants Railway - Watercress Line - 10-mile steam excursions between Alton and Alresford in southern England

Mid-Norfolk Railway - Diesel excursions between Wymondham to Dereham, UK

Middleton Railway - World's oldest railway currently operates passenger excursions over one mile of track; Moor Road, Leeds, UK

Midland Railway Signalman's Association - Derbyshire, UK

Narrow Gauge Heaven - Directory of narrow gauge railways, with forums, postcard generator, and photos of British and worldwide narrow gauge railroads

Narrow Gauge Pleasure - Guide to operating narrow gauge railways throughout the UK

Narrow Gauge Railway Museum - Collection of artifacts at Wharf Station on the Talyllyn Railway; Tywyn, Wales, UK

National Railway Museum - Two railway museums in York and Shildon, UK

Nene Valley Railway - 15 mile steam excursions thorugh Nene Park; Peterborough, UK

North Norfolk Railway (Poppy Line) - 10.5-mile excursions with steam and vintage diesel locomotives between Sheringham and Holt, UK

North Yorkshire Moors Railway - 18-mile preserved steam railway; North Yorkshire, UK

North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) Diesel - Information about the diesel locomotives on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, a preserved railway in North Yorkshire, UK

Northampton & Lamport Railway - Northampton to Market Harborough, UK

Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre - Home of the preserved Great Central Railway in Nottinghamshire, based in Ruddington alongside Rushcliffe Country Park, UK

Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway - 7-mile steam excursions from Paignton, Torbay, UK

Peak Rail - Steam and diesel excursions from Matlock, Derbyshire, UK

Perrygrove Railway - 15" gauge steam railway in the Royal Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, UK

Plym Valley Railway - Aims to rebuild the 1.25 mile Marsh Mills to Plym Bridge section of the ex-Great Western branch line to Launceston, UK

Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway - Operates between Furnace Sidings and Garn-yr-erw; Torfaen, UK

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway - 7-mile 15" gauge steam railway from the Lake District National Park's only coastal village of Ravenglass in the Western Lake District, Cumbria, UK

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway Preservation Society - Assists the full-time Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway staff with financial assistance and operation of the society's own locomotives

Rhyl Miniature Railway - 15" gauge steam railway at Rhyl Marine Lake, now Britain's oldest miniature line; Mold, Flintshire, UK

Ribble Steam Railway - Steam train excursions and museum in Preston, Lancashire, UK

Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway - 13.5-mile 15" gauge railway with 11 one-third size steam locomotives; Hythe, Kent, UK

Romsey Signal Box - Working museum which gives insight into the life of a railway signalman; Romsey, Hampshire, UK

Rudyard Lake Steam Railway - 3-mile 10-1/4" narrow gauge steam railway along historic Rudyard Lake near Leek in Staffordshire, UK

Rutland Railway Museum - Collection of steam and diesel locomotives, wagons, coaches, and related artifacts; Oakham, Leicestershire, UK

Saltburn Miniature Railway - 15" gauge steam railway at Saltburn-by-the-Sea in the North East of England

Seaton Tramway - Operates narrow gauge heritage trams between Seaton, Colyford & Colyton in East Devon, UK

Severn Valley Railway - Historic 16-mile steam railway between Kidderminster, Bewdley, Hampton Loade, and Bridgnorth, UK

Shipley Glen Cable Tramway - Oldest working cable tramway in the UK, operating a quarter-mile in Shipley Glen, West Yorkshire, UK

Sittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway - Narrow gauge industrial steam railway in the South East; Kent, UK

Six Bells Junction - Calendar of past and future railtours in the UK

Snowdon Mountain Railway - Britain's only rack and pinion railway; Llanberis, Gwynedd, UK

South Devon Railway - Steam excursions from Buckfastleigh, South Devon, UK

South Tynedale Railway - 2.25-mile 2-foot narrow gauge steam railway operating passenger trains from Alston, Cumbria to Kirkhaugh, Northumberland in Northern England

Spa Valley Railway - 3.5-mile steam railway through Kentish Weald countryside; Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK

Stapleford Miniature Railway - 10-1/4" gauge railway with a fleet of 1/5th scale live steam locos including a NYC Nigarara and NKP Berkshire; Leicestershire, UK

Steam Dreams - Day trips from London on a heritage steam train to cathedral cities in the UK

Steam: Museum of the Great Western Railway - Tells the story of the men and women who built, operated, and traveled the Great Western Railway; Swindon, UK

Steeple Grange Light Railway - Narrow gauge railway with 16 former industrial diesel locomotives; Wirksworth, UK

Strathspey Railway - Steam excursions between the communities of Aviemore, Boat-of-Garten and Broomhill in the Central Highlands of Scotland

Swanage Railway - 6-mile steam excursions between Swanage and Norden in southern England

Swindon & Cricklade Railway - Vintage steam and diesel-hauled trains in Swindon, Wiltshire, UK

Talyllyn Railway - Narrow gauge steam excursions from Tywyn, Gwynedd, Wales

Talyllyn Railway Photo Gallery - 20 years of photos from this Central Wales tourist railroad

Tanfield Railway - Steam excursions near Gateshead, UK

Telford Steam Railway - Telford, Shropshire, UK

Timothy Hackworth Victorian & Railway Museum - Tells the story of Timothy Hackworth and the birth of passenger railways with the Stockton & Darlington Railway; Shildon, Durham, UK

Trains & Travel International - Operates luxury rail tours and railfan charters throughout Europe

UK Heritage Railways - Guide to all heritage railways, preserved locomotives, preservation societies, and railway museums in the UK

Vale of Rheidol Railway - 11 3/4-mile steam excursions from Aberystwyth to Devil's Bridge, UK

Waterford & Suir Valley Railway - 12km diesel-powered train rides on the former Waterford-Dungarvan narrow gauge route; Kilmeadan, Ireland

Watford Miniature Railway - 10-1/4" gauge live steam train rides in Cassiobury Park, Watford, Hertfordshire, UK

Wells & Walsingham Light Railway - Longest 10-1/4" narrow gauge steam railway in the world, operating on the former Great Eastern trackbed between Wells and Walsingham; Norfolk, UK

Wells Harbour Railway - Mile-long 10-1/4" gauge steam and diesel railway in Wells Harbour, Norfolk, UK

Welsh Highland Railway - Narrow gauge steam railway in Porthmadog, North Wales, UK

Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway - 16-mile narrow gauge steam excursions; Welshpool, Powys, UK

Wensleydale Railway - Operates heritage diesel railcars 17 miles between Leeming Bar and Redmire, UK

West Clare Railway - 1.5 mile steam excursions; Moyasta, Ireland

West Somerset Railway - Steam railway in Somerset, UK

Yaxham Light Railway - Operates a collection of industrial steam and diesel equipment on a two foot gauge railway in Yaxham, Norfolk, UK

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