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Inspiration

Why Britain’s scenic rail journeys are the best

Jools Townsend is CEO of the Community Rail Network. Here she reveals why Scenic Rail Britain is promoting UK rail travel in 2021 and which train journeys get her vote Why is Scenic Rail Britain promoting the joys of rail travel in the UK? Our campaign is all about promoting sustainable days out, especially on […]

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Inspiration Reviews

A memorable trip on the Kent & East Sussex Railway

Vicky Mayer takes a memorable trip on the Kent & East Sussex Railway and discovers a journey full of surprises The journey begins at Tenterden Town station Lovely Tenterden in Kent is a gorgeous place to start a train journey on one of the UK’s most popular heritage train lines, the Kent & East Sussex […]

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Scotland UK & Ireland

All you need to know about Scotland’s Heritage Railways

Looking to ride on a heritage railway in Scotland? We’ve got the full list of Scotland’s amazing heritage railways. So read our guide and book a journey today on one of these beauties and celebrate the golden age of rail travel. Central Highlands Keith & Dufftown Railway, Dufftown, Banffshire and Keith, Morayshire. This railway uses […]

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England

North Yorkshire Moors Railway, UK

Take a trip back in time on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, one of Britain’s most scenic railway routes. The train covers 24 miles through some of North Yorkshire’s most amazing scenery, with guests travelling behind heritage steam locomotives in historic carriages. Everything about this trip evokes nostalgia, from the grandeur of the its Pullman […]

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News

Secrets of the Queen’s Mysterious Private Royal Train

Did you know Her Majesty has a train which only a handful of royals can use?

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England

Severn Valley Railway

The Severn Valley Railway is a heritage tourist steam railway in the Severn Valley – a beautiful part of the counties of Worcestershire and Shropshire. The train operates manly steam-hauled passengers carriages between Kidderminster, Bewdley and Bridgnorth, travelling for 16 miles through stunning British countryside. Appealing to all ages, from train enthusiast to families to […]

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Insider Tips

8 Magical Christmas Train Trips Where the Kids Can Meet Santa

Meet Santa on a Christmas steam train adventure in 2020

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England

The Bluebell Railway

British heritage lines don’t get more charming than the Bluebell Railway, an 11-mile scenic railway through the picturesque scenery of West Sussex (and a little bit of East). The Bluebell Railway runs between East Grinstead and Sheffield Park, stopping at Horsted Keynes and Kingscote, and guest with an ‘All Day Rover’ ticket can hop on […]

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The Greatest Steam Train Trips in the World

Step back in time on these nostalgic steam train trips, a charming way to experience a bygone era of travel

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USA

Mount Washington Cog Railway – USA

The Mountain Cog Railway was the world’s first mountain-climbing cog railway, a tiny toy-train like vehicle climbing Mount Washington in the US state of New Hampshire. More than 150 years since its conception, it’s still the only one of its kind operating in North America, and passengers can ride the route from Marshfield Base Station […]

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USA

Durango and Silverton Railroad, Colorado

Snaking through rugged ravines and the pristine countryside of Colorado, the Durango & Silverton Railroad takes passengers on an adventure through the San Juan Mountains. Built in 1882 to transport silver and gold from the mines, the train is now a heritage rail route, starting in Durango and journeying to historic Silverton on 72.7km of […]

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Wales

The Ffestiniog Railway – Wales

The Ffestiniog Railway is a narrow-gauge heritage railway in Gwynedd, Wales. With comfortable carriages and historic steam engines, it offers travellers the chance to take a trip though the picturesque Snowdonia National Park on a 14-mile journey from the harbour in Porthmadog to the historic slate-quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. On the journey you’ll see stunning coastlines, […]

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Scotland

Jacobite Steam Train – Fort William to Mallaig

The Road to the Isles is a wild, remote and rugged route across the Scottish Highlands, and travellers are able to explore this route aboard the Jacobite train. Described as the greatest railway journey in the world, the Jacobite takes passengers on an 84-mile round-trip from Fort William to Mallaig through some of the most […]

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England

Bure Valley Railway – England

The Bure Valley Railway is a popular heritage railway which runs steam and diesel trains between the pretty market towns of Aylsham and Wroxham, in England’s Norfolk Broads. Guests can join the trains on a one-way (nine mile, 45-minute trip) or take a round-trip for 18 miles. You can hop on and off anywhere along the […]

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Wales

Blaenavon Heritage Railway – Wales

The Blaenavon Heritage Railway is a popular volunteer-run heritage railway in South Wales. It runs both steam and diesel trains every weekend between Spring and Autumn. It also runs a timetable of special weekends throughout the year including a Steampunk Special, Halloween Celebration and Steam Santa Special. The line is the highest preserved standard-gauge line […]

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England

Avon Valley Railway – Gloucestershire, England

The Avon Valley Railway is a very popular three-mile long heritage railway based at Bitton station in South Gloucestershire in England. The original line was opened in 1869 by the Midland Railway company as a through-route between Birmingham and the South Coast. It was closed in the 1960s but later restored by a team of railway […]

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South America

La Trochita Train Patagonia – Old Patagonian Express

Known in English as the Old Patagonian Express, the La Trochita is a steam train ploughing a narrow-gauge railway in Patagonia, Argentina. It’s an incredibly stunning journey, sandwiches between the plains of Patagonia and the peaks of the Andes, with the train pulled by steam locomotives and offering photo opportunities at every moment. Now a […]

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Northern Europe

The Hoorn–Medemblik Heritage Railway – Netherlands

The Hoorn–Medemblik Heritage Railway is a popular heritage railway in the Netherlands. Run by the Museumstoomtram Hoorn Medemblik, it runs 20 kilometres from Hoorn to Medemblik through the Westfrisian countryside. The railway is famous for its vintage steam engines including the 7742 Bello locomotive, the only preserved light steam engine in the Netherlands. As well as enjoying a trip on some of […]

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Northern Europe

Harz Railway – Germany

Arguably the greatest steam railway in the world, the Harz Railway, with three interconnecting lines, travels for 86 miles, stopping at 48 stations through the fairytale villages of Germany’s famous Harz mountains. This is Europe’s longest railway network and while other steam trains are now run for tourists only, this line serves the locals too. […]

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Northern Europe

Achensee Steam Cog Railway – Austria

Visitors to Tyrol in Austria will love a trip back in time on the Achensee Railway. For over 130 years, this long metre-gauge cog railway has been operating over its 6.8 km route that runs between Jenbach and Seespitz on Lake Achensee. The journey covers a height difference of 400 metres with an inclination of […]