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Other Heritage Railways (Standard Gauge)

 

This section is divided into two parts:

 

(A) Other Heritage Railways Operating From A Single Station (with timetabled trains)

(B) Other Heritage Railway Stations and Railways

 

 

(A) Other Heritage Railways Operating From A Single Station (with timetabled trains)

 

 

Note that we have defined a ‘heritage railway’ as one that operates trains along at least one mile of railway between at least two stations.

 

A number of railway operations run standard gauge heritage trains from a single station site, often from a well-preserved station with attached attractions, such as a museum. They typically operate trains up to a mile from the station site, often on a timetabled basis. Many aspire to extend in due course including the opening of a second station.

 

The Railway Club Directory separately lists such railways. For further information, you can click into the given website address to be diverted to the website of the relevant railway entity.

 

Colne Valley Railway

Operates from: Castle Hedingham Station

Address: Yeldham Road, Castle Hedingham, Essex, CO9 3DZ

Operating Season: April to October (Santa specials December)

Website: www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk

Email: info@colnevalleyrailway.co.uk

RCD Overview: One mile operating from Castle Hedingham station. With museum, open signal box, picnic areas, shops: well worth a visit.

 

Eden Valley Railway

Operates from: Warcop Station

Address: Warcop, Appleby, Cumbria, CA16 6PR

Operating Season: April to October

Website: www.evr-cumbria.org.uk

Email: enquiries@evr-cumbria.org.uk

RCD Overview: Currently operates a little under a mile from Warcop station. This railway has aspirations to extend to Appleby, and even to the Stainmore Railway at Kirkby Stephen. Has a collection of diesel locomotives and DEMUs.

 

Northampton & Lamport Railway

Operates from: Pitsford & Brampton Station

Address: Pitsford Road, Chapel Brampton, NN6 8BA

Operating Season: March to October (Santa specials December)

Website: www.nlr.org.uk

Email: enquiries@nlr.org.uk

RCD Overview: A railway on a section of the former Northampton - Harborough main line. Has a collection of industrial steam locomotives and an operating line out of Pitsford and Brampton Station. In process of exceeding to Broughton to give a 2-mile line.

 

Mid Suffolk Light Railway

Operates from: Brockford Station

Address: Wetheringsett, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 5PW

Operating Season: May to September (Santa specials December)

Website: www.mslr.org.uk

Email: enquiries@mslr.org.uk

RCD Overview: A railway on the former Laxfield branch, which gives a good feel of a rural light railway. Has a small collection of steam and diesel locomotives.

 

Ribble Steam Railway and Museum

Operates from: The Museum Station

Address: Chain Caul Rd, Riversway, Preston, PR2 2PD

Operating Season: April to September (Santa specials December)

Website: www.ribblesteam.org.uk

Email: enquiries@ribblesteam.co.uk

RCD Overview: Both a railway museum and an operating heritage line. The museum has an impressive collection of locomotives, mostly steam The line operates out of the museum along the Preston Docks area. Well worth a visit.

 

 

Rushden Higham & Wellingborough Railway (Rushden Transport Museum & Railway)

Operates from: - Rushden Station

Address: Station Approach, Rushden, Northamptonshire, NN10 0AW

Operating Season: April to September (Santa specials December)

Website: www.rhts.co.uk

Email: secretary@rhts.co.uk

RCD Overview: A heritage railway operated by the Rushden Historical Transport Society in the town of Rushden on the former Wellingborough - Higham Ferris branch line. Currently operates over quarter of a mile with plans to extend.

 

Somerset & Dorset Railway Heritage Trust

Operates from: Midsomer Norton Station

Address: Silver Street, Midsomer Norton, Somerset, BA3 2EY

Operating Season: April to September (Santa specials December)

Website: www.sdjr.co.uk

Email: general@sdjr.co.uk

RCD Overview: The only part of the former Somerset and Dorset railway that still has standard gauge steam trains running on it, a very good reason in itself to support and visit this railway. Has run well attended galas with interesting range of visiting steam locomotives.

 

Stainmore Railway Company

Operates from: Kirkby Stephen East Station

Address: South Road, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, CA17 4LA

Operating Season: Easter to December

Website: www.kirkbystepheneast.co.uk

Email: kseonlineshop@gmail.com

RCD Overview: Has the feel of a ‘living museum’ with historic steam locomotives and carriages at a well-preserved station site (Kirkby Stephen East). Trains run a short distance out of station.

 

 

(B) Other Heritage Railway Stations/ Lines

 

 

This is a catch-all category for those standard gauge railway operations which are not yet substantive enough to be classified as a ‘heritage railway’ as we have defined that term (although many aspire to be so), but which nonetheless warrant entry in a directory of this nature. These do not have regular timetabled trains but many do operate trains on some basis, some within restricted confines at selected times, some within parks or centres. For further information, you can click into the given website address to be diverted to the website of the relevant entity.

 

Alderney Railway

Braye Road, Alderney

www.alderneyrailway.gg

 

Appleby Frodingham Railway

Brigg Rd, Scunthorpe DN16 1BP

www.afrps.co.uk

 

Barry Tourist Railway

Station Approach Rd, Island, Barry CF62 5TH

www.visitthevale.com/attractions/BarryTouristRailway

 

Derwent Valley Light Railway

Murton Lane, York YO19 5UF

www.dvlr.org.uk

 

Doon Valley Railway (formerly, Scottish Industrial Railway Centre)

Dunaskin Bridge, Dalmellington Rd, Waterside, Patna, Ayr KA6 7JH

www.doonvalleyrailway.co.uk

 

Fife Heritage Railway

Kirkland Sidings, Leven, Fife KY8 4RB

www.fifeheritagerailway.co.uk

 

Garw Valley Railway

Pontycymer, Bridgend CF32 8AZ

www.garwvalleyrailway.co.uk

 

Llanelli & Mynydd Mawr Railway

Gwynfryn Terrace, Cynheidre, Llanelli SA15 5DQ

www.llanellirailway.co.uk

 

Rother Valley Railway

Station Rd, Robertsbridge TN32 5DG

www.rvr.org.uk

 

Royal Deeside Railway

Milton of Crathes, Banchory AB31 5QH

www.deeside-railway.co.uk

 

Tanat Valley Light Railway

Nant Mawr Visitor Centre, Nantmawr Bank, Nantmawr, Oswestry SY10 9HW

www.tanatvalleyrailway.co.uk

 

Waverley Route Heritage Association

Whitrope Sidings, south of Hawick

www.wrha.org.uk

 

Whitwell and Reepham Railway

Whitwell Rd, Whitwell, Reepham, Norwich NR10 4GA

www.whitwellstation.com

 

Yorkshire Wolds Railway

Beverley Road, Fimber, Driffield YO25 3HG

www.yorkshirewoldsrailway.org.uk

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