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Standard Gauge Heritage Railways


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The Railway Club Directory contains what we consider to be the most detailed description of every Standard Gauge Heritage Railway that operates in the United Kingdom today.


Note that we define such railways as those that run between two or more destinations with timetabled operations.


In respect of railways that run from a single station or base, click the button immediately below for separate entries of ‘Other Heritage Railways’. 


For ease of locating a given railway, we have divided this part of the Directory geographically into nine regions. 

The summarised full list is itemised below the regional buttons.


Click into the region to find the railway of interest


For convenience, the entire list of 57 ‘Standard Gauge Heritage Railways’, is listed below the regional headings.



1. Epping Ongar Railway

(Epping Ongar Railway Volunteer Society)

2. Lincolnshire Wolds Railway

(Lincolnshire Wolds Railway Society)

3. Mid-Norfolk Railway

(Mid-Norfolk Railway Preservation Trust)

4. North Norfolk Railway

(M&GN Joint Railway Society)

Home Counties and South East


5. Bluebell Railway

(Bluebell Railway Preservation Society)

6. Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway

(Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway) Association

7. Cholsey and Wallingford Railway

8. East Kent Railway

(East Kent Railway Trust)

9. Isle of Wight Steam Railway

10. Kent & East Sussex Railway

11. Lavender Line

(Lavender Line Preservation Society)

12. Mid Hants Railway

(Watercress Line Heritage Railway Trust)

13. Spa Valley Railway

(Tunbridge Wells & Eridge Railway Preservation)




14. Battlefield Line Railway

(Shackerstone Railway Society)

15. Cambrian Heritage Railways

16. Chasewater Railway

(Chasewater Light Railway & Museum Company)

17. Churnet Valley Railway

(North Staffordshire Railway Company)

18. Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

(Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Association)

19. Foxfield Railway

(Foxfield Light Railway Society)

20. Great Central Railway PLC

(Friends of the Great Central Main Line)

21. Great Central Railway (Nottingham)

(LNER (GC) Heritage Trust)

22. Midland Railway - Butterley

(Midland Railway Trust)

23. Nene Valley Railway

24. Peak Rail

(Peak Railway Association)

25. Severn Valley Railway

(Severn Valley Railway Society)

26. Telford Steam Railway

(Telford Horsehay Steam Trust)

North West


27. East Lancashire Railway

(East Lancashire Railway Preservation Society)

28. Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway

Northern Ireland

29. Downpatrick and County Down Railway

(Downpatrick & County Down Railway Society)



30. Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway

(Scottish Railway Preservation Society)

31. Caledonian Railway

(Brechin Railway Preservation Society)

32. Keith & Dufftown Railway

(Keith & Dufftown Railway Association)

33. Strathspey Railway Company

(Strathspey Railway Association)

South West


34. Avon Valley Railway

(Avon Valley Railway Heritage Trust)

35. Bodmin and Wenford Railway

(Bodmin Railway Preservation Society)

36. Dartmouth Steam Railway

37. Dean Forest Railway

(Dean Forest Railway Society)

38. East Somerset Railway

(East Somerset Railway Society)

39. Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway

(Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway Trust)

40. Helston Railway

(Helston Railway Preservation Society)

41. Plym Valley Railway

(Plym Valley Railway Association)

42. South Devon Railway

(South Devon Railway Association)

43. Swanage Railway

(Swanage Railway Trust)

44. Swindon & Cricklade Railway

45. West Somerset Railway

(West Somerset Railway Association)



Cambrian Heritage Railways (see 16)

46. Gwili Railway

(Gwili Railway Preservation Society)

47. Llangollen Railway

(Llangollen Railway Trust)

48. Pontypool & Blaenavon Heritage Railway

(Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway Society)

Yorkshire and North East


49. Aln Valley Railway

(Aln Valley Railway Trust)

50. Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway

(Yorkshire Dales Railway Museum Trust)

51. Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

(Keighley & Worth Valley Railway Preservation Society)

52. Middleton Railway

(Middleton Railway Association)

53. North Yorkshire Moors Railway

(North York Moors Railway Trust)

54. North Tyneside Steam Railway

(North Tyneside Steam Railway Association)

55. Tanfield Railway

(Tanfield Railway Friends)

56. Weardale Railway

(Weardale Railway Trust)

57. Wensleydale Railway

(Wensleydale Railway Association (Trust) Limited)

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