List of British heritage and private railways

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This is a list of heritage, private and preserved railways in and throughout the United Kingdom and the Channel Islands that are privately owned, kept or preserved, built, constructed and run for railway heritage and/or profit, not necessarily providing a meaningful public transportation service. For rail museums, see List of British railway museums.

Many of the standard gauge railways listed (thus including former branch lines and ex-mainline routes) were originally closed by British Railways (later shortened to British Rail) under the Beeching Cuts in the 1960s, although lines closed in subsequent decades have also been subject to restoration and operation as private or preserved heritage lines. A smaller number of lines were formerly industrial or colliery railways.

Many of these preserved railways, heritage lines and railway centres alike are popular tourist attractions and make significant contributions to their local economies and various areas too.

Contents

England

East of England

Mixed train on the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway

Standard Gauge

Railway Centres and Museums

Narrow Gauge

Minimum Gauge

Tramways

East Midlands

Standard Gauge

Railway Centres and Museums

Narrow Gauge

Minimum Gauge

Tramways

A 1931 Leeds tram seen at Crich Tramway Village in 2004

North of England

Goathland station on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Standard Gauge

Railway Centres and Museums

Narrow Gauge

Minimum Gauge

Tramways

South East

GWR Earl of Berkeley at Horsted Keynes Station, Bluebell Railway

Standard Gauge

Railway Centres and Museums

The engine sheds at Didcot Railway Centre

Narrow Gauge

Minimum Gauge

South West

Steam locomotive (number 80136) with carriages at station platform.
Bishops Lydeard station on the West Somerset Railway
A general view of the Swanage Railway

Standard Gauge

Railway Centres and Museums

Narrow Gauge

Restored Victorian coach at the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway

Minimum Gauge

Tramways

West Midlands

Arley station on the Severn Valley Railway

Standard Gauge

Railway Centres and Museums

Narrow Gauge

Minimum Gauge

  • Broomy Hill Railway, Herefordshire
  • Downs Railway Colwall, Ledbury, Herefordshire
  • Echills Wood Railway, Kingsbury Waterpark, Warwickshire
  • Weston Park Railway, Shropshire

Tramways

Dudley tram No. 5 of 1920 at Black Country Museum

Tramways

Tramway operation in Britain ceased almost entirely in the 1950s. Once Glasgow had disposed of its lines, the sole survivor was the Blackpool Corporation Tramways, although considerably reduced in size. In the late 20th century there was a tramway revival, notably in Manchester, Nottingham, Sheffield, the West Midlands and Croydon.

Proposed

East of England

North of England

South of England

Defunct

Ireland

Northern Ireland

Standard gauge

Narrow gauge

See List of heritage railways in Northern Ireland

Republic of Ireland

See List of heritage railways in the Republic of Ireland

Scotland

Standard gauge

Central Highlands

East Coast of Scotland

Scottish Borders

Railway centres and museums

Narrow gauge

Craignure station on the 10 14 in (260 mm) gauge Isle of Mull railway

Miniature railways

Tramways

Proposed

TBA

Defunct

Wales

North Wales

Standard Gauge

Narrow Gauge

Miniature railways

Tramways

Mid Wales

Narrow Gauge

Miniature railways

South Wales

Standard Gauge

Narrow gauge

Proposed

North Wales

Narrow Gauge

South Wales

Standard Gauge

Defunct

  • Swansea Vale Railway, Pentrechwyth - closed in 2007, (most of the track and rolling stock are now located on the Gwili Railway).

Isle of Man

See Rail transport in the Isle of Man.

Channel Islands

Alderney

Jersey

See also

References

External links