Railway Links

Aln Valley Railway

The Aln Valley Railway is a relative junior in the heritage railway movement, having only opened in 2012. Constructed and run by volunteers, it aims to recreate the rail link between Alnwick and the East Coast mainline at Alnmouth.

Check timetables, book tickets & read about the line on the website!

Appleby Frodingham Railway

The railway operates entirely within the grounds of British Steel Scunthorpe over tracks usually used for moving molten iron, steel & raw materials.

Visit their website for more details on tickets, timetables and the story of the line

Avon Valley Railway

"The Avon Valley Railway is a charity dedicated to restoring steam to the Avon Valley. We’ve been operating since the first dedicated volunteers started restoring the line back in the 1970s. Today, some forty years on, three miles of track has been re-laid, locomotive and carriages restored, and the sound of steam can once again be heard along the Avon Valley."

Visit their website for more information about the railway, timetable information and ticket details

Barrow Hill Roundhouse

Barrow Hill Roundhouse is the last surviving railway roundhouse in the United Kingdom with an operational turntable.

Built in 1870, it was threatened with demolition in 1991 when the site was closed by British Rail. It was saved by a group of dedicated volunteers who have transformed it into a unique railway museum and events venue.

As well as the turntable and shear legs (lifting gear), it has a changing display of steam and diesel locomotives and other rolling stock, an operational signal box, the Roundhouse Halt platform and Springwell Branch running line. Interpretative displays using items from the Museum’s own collection bring the fascinating story of the Roundhouse and the surrounding area vividly to life.

Visit their website for more details on the history and to find out more about the many events held here

Battlefield Line Railway

The Battlefield Line is the last remaining part of the former Ashby and Nuneaton Joint Railway which was opened in 1873. It runs from Shackerstone via Market Bosworth to Shenton in Leicestershire and is operated by the Shackerstone Railway Society.

Visit their website for more details

Bluebell Railway

One of the first railway lines to run passenger trains in preservation, the Bluebell Railway offers 11 miles of running lines through the Sussex countryside.

For more information on tickets, timetables and the history of the line check out the website

Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway

Find out everything you need to know for a wonderful day out for all the family on this offical Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway website. Soak up the atmosphere of this heritage railway and explore Scotland’s largest railway museum situated on the Firth of Forth close to Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Check timetables, book tickets & read about the line on the website!

Bodmin & Wenford Railway

The B&WR runs for 13 miles through the fantastic Cornish countryside offering the opportunity to travel back in time with steam travel along a Cornish branch.

Visit their website for more information about the railway, timetable information and ticket details

Bowes Railway

Originally built as a colliery line, this railway made it's way into preservation back in 1977 and is believed to be the only preserved standard gauge rope hauled railway in the world.

Also operating as a museum, this railway has so much to offer so check out their website for further details

Brush Type 4 Fund

The Brush Type 4 Fund are the owners of 47105 and 47376 based at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway

Buckinghamshire Railway Centre

This is a railway museum near to Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire and offers a collection of stock as well as 2 demonstration lines along with many other attractions.

For more information, visit the website

Caledonian Railway

Formed by a group of steam railway enthusiasts, this railway runs for 4 miles from Brechin to Bridge of Dun.

For more information about the railway, tickets and timetables, visit their website

Chasewater Railway

Located within the Chasewater Country Park, this railway runs for approx 4 miles between Brownhills and Chasetown in the West Midlands.

More information regarding the railway, tickets and timetables can be found on their website

Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway

Based between Chinnor and Princes Risborough, this railway runs for 4 miles along an ex British Rail branch line.

For more information on tickets, timetables and the history of the line check out the website

Cholsey & Wallingford Railway

A 2 and half mile heritage railway in Oxfordshire which runs between Cholsey & Wallingford.

The line runs through the beautiful countryside of South Oxfordshire and takes you past many historic landmarks.

For more information on tickets, timetables and the history of the line check out the website

Churnet Valley Railway

"The Churnet Valley Railway offers a nostalgic steam train ride through Staffordshire's hidden valley, and into the Staffordshire Moorlands on the outskirts of the Peak District"

The railway runs for just over 10 miles between Kingsley & Froghall to Ipstones and offers both steam and diesel traction.

Check the website for more details about the railway, tickets and timetables

Class 315 Preservation Society

The Class 315 Preservation Society aims to buy and restore a Class 315 EMU before they are fully withdrawn for scrap - visit the site for more details

Corris Railway

This is a preserved railway running along an old horse tramway dating back to 1859. It is based in Corris which is on the border between Gwynedd and Powys.

For more information about the railway or for details on it's running days, please visit the website

Crewe Heritage Centre

A railway museum located in the railway mecca that is Crewe and housing a vast array of locomotives and rolling stock, including the APT, as well as other railway related exhibits.

Visit the website to find out more details

Dartmouth Steam Railway

Enjoy a 7 mile steam train ride along the South Devon coast and into the Dart Valley.

Check out the website for more details about the railway including the "Round Robin" which enables a day out by train, ferry and bus

Dean Forest Railway

Founded back in 1970, this railway runs along the old Severn & Wye Railway and is approx 4 and half miles in length.

Check the website for more details about the line as well as timetable & ticket info and a full list of events on offer

Derwent Valley Light Railway

"We might only have half a mile of track but what we lack in length we certainly make up for with enthusiasm , customer focus and just ensuring all visitors have a great time!"

Not our words, but those of the railway so visit their website to find out more of what is on offer

Didcot Railway Centre

A former engine shed and stabling point on the Great Western Railway, this site has been transformed into a railway museum and preservation engineering site.

Not only does this museum house a vast array of locomotives and rolling stock, but it also offers a glimpse into the past with exhibits such as the mixed gauge railway

For more information, visit the website

ELR Diesel Group

For Loco Rosters, Late Roster changes, Event Info, Updates and News associated with the ELR:DG

East Anglian Railway Museum

Immerse yourself in a real steam railway museum and get up close and personal to our wide collection of steam trains, diesel locomotives and vintage carriages.

Find more details on their website

East Kent Railway

"Once a thriving industrial line serving the Kent Coalfield, the four-mile round trip takes you on a scenic journey between the pretty villages of Shepherdswell and Eythorne. Rolling countryside, steep chalk-lined cuttings and the fascinating Golgotha Tunnel make this a visit to be remembered."

For more information on tickets, timetables and the history of the line check out the website

East Lancashire Railway

"There’s always carriage loads of fun for all the family (and plenty to please the train buffs)
on the East Lancs Railway. Pop along any day you’d like, or join us for a special event.
Leave the car behind and climb aboard one of our incredible heritage steam trains
or dazzling diesels – there’s no better way to explore the great outdoors and
wonderful market towns of East Lancashire."

Visit the website for more details about tickets, timetables and events

East Midlands Railway Trust

A charitable trust owning the Great Central Railway route and Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre

East Somerset Railway

This railway runs for 2 and half miles through Somerset and has been a preserved line since Cranmore Station was purchased back in the 1970s.

Visit their website for more information about the railway, timetable information and ticket details

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

A 9 mile long heritage railway in Derbyshire, running from Wirksworth to Duffield and Ravenstor with a connection to the National network at Duffield.

Visit their website for more details on tickets, timetables and the story of the line

Elescar Heritage Railway

In 2006, Elsecar Heritage Railway was formed to breathe new life into the line. Originally running from Elsecar to Hemingfield a 2014 lottery granted started the process of re-laying the track to Cortonwood.

Operated and maintained, like many other Heritage Railways, by a team of volunteers, it offers you the opportunity to relive the age of steam. And, for the younger generation it is an excellent way to get up close to a real engine for the first time.

Visit the website for further details about the railway

Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway

"Step back into a bygone era with a visit to the award-winning Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway.

We will engage, enthuse and excite you … The sight and sound of powerful majestic steam engines, from the industrial workhorses of pits, collieries, docks and factory yards to the more glamorous locomotives which graced main lines … all lovingly restored by our team of volunteers."

Visit the website for more details about tickets, timetables & the many events hosted at the railway

Epping & Ongar Railway

Step back in time with the EOR and experience the romance of travel in bygone times as you pass through picturesque countryside, beautiful forest and historic towns.

Check timetables, book tickets & read about the line on the website!

Foxfield Light Railway

A former colliery line in Staffordshire, this line now runs for just over 2 miles from Caverswall Road (near to Blythe Bridge station) to just short of the former colliery location at Dilhorne Park

Check the website for more details about the railway, tickets and timetables

Freightmaster

Freightmaster is a guide to rail-borne freight services in the UK, first published in 1994.

All *regular* freight services are listed, including many which are not listed in working timetables,
and where possible, we try to only list those trains which actually run.

Also offers access to live maps with unscrambled headcodes, test train diagrams and a forum covering all railway topics

Glasgow Central Tours

The Tour aims to open up not just the history of Glasgow Central Station but also connect it with the great social history of Glasgow and its people. Glasgow Central Station is far more than just a transportation hub for passengers. It has been a meeting point for countless romances, a crossroads of historical events and the first sight of Glasgow for millions.

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway

Running along the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire border in the Cotswolds, this heritage line runs for 14 miles from Cheltenham Racecourse to Broadway and follows the route of the former Great Western main line from Birmingham to Cheltenham.

For more information about the railway, tickets and timetables, visit their website

Great Central Railway

Named after the company that originally built this stretch of railway, the GCR is the only double track, main line heritage railway in the UK

Visit their website for more details on tickets, timetables and the story of the line

Gwili Railway

Running along part of the former Carmarthen to Aberystwyth line, this heritage line runs for over 4 miles between Bronwydd Arms to Danycoed following the route of the River Gwili.

For more information about the railway or for details on it's running days, please visit the website

Head of Steam

A railway museum located on the 1825 route of the Stockton & Darlington Railway, which was the world's first ever steam-powered passenger railway.

The museum houses a vast array of exhibits, all of which have connections to the area formerly served by the North Eastern Railway.

Visit the website to find out more details about the museum

Helston Railway

An ex Cornish branch line, predominantly for use by freight, this line has been painstakingly restored by volunteers to create a heritage line of just over 1 mile in length.

Visit their website to find out more details about the line, it's future plans as well as running days

Intercity Railway Society

A volunteer run society which specialises in providing information to it's members via a monthly magazine as well as providing quality spotting books.

Members also have the opportunity to enjoy several railway facility visits throughout the year.

For more information, please visit their website

Isle of Wight Steam Railway

"Our beautifully preserved award-winning railway creates the perfect backdrop to your special day out. Marvel at the majestic steam engines, beautifully restored comfortable period carriages and charming rural stations. Our friendly staff are dressed in traditional Southern Railway uniforms, adding to the charm and feeling of being in a different era of time"

For more information on tickets, timetables and the history of the line

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

"The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway is a preserved standard gauge line which joins the national railway network at Keighley and runs 5-miles up the valleys of the River Worth and Bridgehouse Beck to Oxenhope."

Visit their website for more details about the history of the line, tickets, timetables and events

Keith & Dufftown Railway

11 miles in length, this heritage line from Keith to Dufftown in the very north of Scotland along the length of a former branch which was latterly used for the distillery at Dufftown.

For more information about the railway, tickets and timetables, visit their website

Kent & East Sussex Railway

In preservation this line offers a journey of 11 and half miles between Tenterden Town and Bodiam in the South East of England

For more information on tickets, timetables and other attractions the railway offers, visit the website

Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway

"At Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway travel back in time when you climb aboard our train. A distant memory of bygone years for some and new experience for others, it’s a unique day out for all."

Visit their website for more details about the history of the line, tickets, timetables and events

Lavender Line

The Lavender Line is based at a restored Isfield Station in East Sussex and has 1 mile of track laid on the original track bed of the Lewes to Uckfield line.

For more information on what you can expect to see and do at this railway, visit their website

Lincolnshire Wolds Railway

Only a short distance from Grimsby, the seaside resort of Cleethorpes and the historic market town of Louth, Lincolnshire Wolds Railway is a great day out for everyone. Ride on the train, visit the museum, enjoy some great food in the Steaming Kettle Buffet and find out more about the locos from the experts in the engine shed.

Their heritage steam trains run between Ludborough and North Thoresby and work is now in progress to extend the line southwards towards Louth. What visitors to the railway see today is a result of all the time and effort that a small, but dedicated band of volunteers have put in over many years.

Visit their website for more details on tickets, timetables and the story of the line

Llanelli & Mynydd Mawr Railway

Having closed as part of the national network in 1989, this now heritage railway has plans to reinstate as much of the original line as possible. Currently operating for around 1 mile in length, the railway is home to a mix of diesel units as well as steam engine under restoration.

To find out more about the railway's future plans as well as current events and running days, visit their website

Locomotion

Part of the same group as the National Railway Museuem in York, this museum is located in Shildon situated near to the location of the world's first steam-powered railway.

The museum houses a vast collection of exhibits as well as having a demonstration line.

Visit the website to find out more about what this museum has to offer

Mangapps Railway Museum

Mangapps Railway Museum is a privately owned working railway and museum established on a farm at Burnham on Crouch, Essex. It features a ¾ mile standard gauge passenger carrying line, with restored stations, signal boxes and ancillary equipment removed from various sites throughout East Anglia and beyond.

Visit their website for more details

Mid-Hants Railway (Watercress Line)

This heritage railway runs for 10 miles through Hampshire from Alresford to Alton along a stretch of line previously used to transport the locally grown watercress to London.

For more information on tickets, timetables and the history of the line

Mid-Suffolk Light Railway

The Mid-Suffolk Light Railway is Suffolk’s only standard gauge heritage railway, offering steam open days and events to the general public. Services are normally steam operated on both standard open days and special event days.

Check timetables, book tickets & read about the line on the website!

Middleton Railway

Situated in Leeds, the Middleton Railway is the world's oldest continuously working railway having never stopped since 1758.

Sample this piece of history by visiting their website to find out more about what they can offer

Midland Railway Butterley

A great day out for all of the family with lots to see and do. Heritage train rides transport you to a bygone era. Explore two railway museums, the demonstration signal box, a Victorian railwayman’s church and much more. Plus there are narrow gauge, miniature and model railways, shops, buffets, children’s playground and country park.

Visit their website for more details on tickets, timetables and the story of the line

National Rail Enquiries

Search train times, book tickets, obtain station information & on-train information as well as live departures for any station of your choosing

National Railway Museum

Located in the railway hub that is York, this is the largest railway museum in the UK and houses a multitude of locomotives, multiple units and rolling stock.

The museum also tells the story of the history of the railways in this country whilst also exhibiting other items such as model railways and signalling demonstrations along with an active workshop which is viewable to visitors.

For more info on this museum, check out the website

Nene Valley Railway

Nene Valley Railway is the UK’s leading international steam attraction, based at Wansford Station, and covering the stations of Overton (for Ferry Meadows), Orton Mere, Yarwell Junction, and Peterborough.

As both a living heritage railway, which is tended to by its loyal band of volunteers and a thriving attraction for the public to enjoy all year round. Nene Valley Railway offers the chance to experience the thrill of riding a steam engine; learn about the railway’s history; and explore the picturesque surroundings of the Nene Valley area.

Find more details on the website

North Norfolk Railway

From the smart Victorian seaside resort of Sheringham to the Georgian town of Holt, the North Norfolk Railway runs through the county’s most stunning coastal scenery.
Operated almost entirely by Volunteers from all walks of life, the line is East Anglia’s premier heritage railway.

Check timetables, book tickets & read about the line on the website!

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

One of the longest heritage lines in the country, the NYMR runs through some of the UK's most spectacular scenery in the North York Moors National Park or if the beach is more your thing, it will take you direct to Whitby.

With events on throughout the year, there is always plenty to see and do so check out the website to find out what is on, when it is on, and how to buy tickets

Northampton & Lamport Railway

A standard gauge heritage railway in Northamptonshire, the NLR is based at Pitsford & Brampton station and has a running line of approx 1.5 miles in length.

Visit their website for more details on tickets, timetables and the story of the line

Northamptonshire Ironstone Railway Trust

The Northamptonshire Ironstone Railway Trust is based within the grounds of the Hunsbury Hill Country Park which is located at Hunsbury Hill, Southwest of Northampton.

The trust has a small museum and café, workshop and of course its gardens. It features a 1.5 mile long Heritage Railway line that runs through the park of which a small section has been approved for public use.

The line is mainly dedicated to freight working, featuring many sharp curves and steep gradients which were typical of the Industrial Railway. Rides are available in a variety of vehicles including a converted brake van.

Visit their website for more details on tickets, timetables and the story of the line

Nottingham Heritage Railway

Formerly known as the GCRN, the Nottingham Heritage Railway now offers almost 6 miles of heritage railway running through the beautiful scenery of South Nottinghamshire and North-West Leicestershire.

Heritage Steam & Diesel services re-create the experience of train travel from when it was more than just a way to travel from one place to another.

Visit their website for more details on tickets, timetables and the story of the line

Open Train Times

Do you want more detail about how the railway in Great Britain is running? Are you curious to take a peek "behind the scenes"? If so, this is the site for you.

Peak Rail

Whether it’s simply a nostalgic journey back to a bygone age or a discovery of the sights and sounds for very first time of a steam or diesel locomotive, Peak Rail welcomes you to experience the thrill of their preserved railway whilst travelling through the delightful Derbyshire countryside.

The line forms part of the old Midland Railway line between Manchester Central and London St Pancras which was closed in 1968. They currently operate on approximately 4 miles between Rowsley South Station and Matlock Platform 2.

Visit their website for more details on tickets, timetables and the story of the line

Plym Valley Railway

The railway was founded in 1980 with an aim to restore the branch line from Plymouth to Tavistock which closed in 1962. The line is currently at 1.5 miles in length and the railway offer running days throughout the year.

For more information on the railway and their running days, check out their website

Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway

This heritage railway runs for approx 3.5 miles along a line previously used for coal traffic to and from the local mines. The line currently runs between Whistle Inn Halt and Blaenavon with trains running at various times throughout the year.

For more information about the railway or to find out details about tickets and running days, please visit their website

Rail Advent

RailAdvent is a collection of News, Blog Posts, Pictures and Video Clips all about railways from around the UK.

They include both Narrow Gauge and Standard Gauge Heritage Railways, as well as items about mainline services.

Rail Record

Rail Record is an online train timetables and train schedules website. We have information on nearly every train service in England, Scotland and Wales to help you get from A to B.

Rail Riders

The Railway Club For Everyone.

Promoting travel on Heritage & Mainline trains.

Member of the HRA and #SBS winner.

Check the website for membership details

Rail Rover UK

"If you're looking for a rail rover or ranger ticket you'll find them all here.

The GB Rail Rover Guide covers the whole of England, Scotland and Wales so whether you're looking for a multi-day rover ticket or just a day ranger you'll find all the information you need here."

Rail Tracker

Realtime live tracking of the UK Rail Network

Rail UK Forums

The biggest forum for discussion of all topics concerning railways in the UK. From advice on fares, to high speed rail, days out and more!

Railcam UK

Offering 70+ Live cameras from across the UK Rail network & guest cameras from around the world. Also offers live signalling diagrams, RC Data, live chat community and plenty more