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A few links to some favourite railway sites ...

  • WEALDEN LINE CAMPAIGN - aiming to restore the Uckfield line train services through to Lewes and Tunbridge Wells - I really hope that our transport planners listen to these people

  • The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Company has the very ambitious goal of reopening this fantastic narrow gauge  line in North Devon.  I really hope they succeed.

  • The Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway - powered by the weight of water!  This links to a site with information about and pictures of this fascinating, and still operational, railway.

  • Rheilffordd Ffestiniog Railway ~ The Ffestiniog Railway is the Oldest Independent Railway Company in the World. On our trains you can travel by steam through the spectacular scenery of the Snowdonia National Park, between Porthmadog and Blaenau Ffestiniog.  I haven't visited since my teenage years, so a return trip is well overdue!

  • The Snowdon Mountain Railway ~ This master piece of Victorian engineering is the only rack and pinion railway in Britain and by far the highest, climbing 1,085 metres to the peak of Snowdon.

  • The South Devon Railway ~ Running from Buckfastleigh to Totnes beside the river Dart in South Devon - a really great preserved line.

  • The Bluebell railway ~ my local operational steam line, and the first preserved main line in the country.  Go there its a wonderful day out!  There are some pictures of this line in my photo album.

  • The Lavender line ~ Based in Isfield, Sussex, this short line is an evocation of the Southern Region of yesteryear, with a full restored station and steam trains.  The line is part of the former Lewes to Uckfield railway which opened in 1858 and closed in 1969.

  • The West Somerset Railway ~ The West Somerset Railway recreates a Great Western Railway branch line. There are ten restored stations along the route, many have signal boxes, engine sheds, museums, displays, steam engines and other rolling stock to see.

  • East Lancashire Railway

  • The Kent & East Sussex  Railway ~ Another local preserved railway, this one a Colonel Stephen's line. Unfortunately I couldn't get the links to the official site working, however this is a pretty good summary.

  • Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway ~ First opened to traffic in July 1927 as the 'World's Smallest Public Railway' and now covering a distance of 13.5 miles from the picturesque Cinque Port of Hythe, near the channel tunnel, to the fishermans cottages and lighthouses at Dungeness.  I haven't visited since childhood years, but its in Kent and not far away.  I really must go back.

  • Mount Washington Cog Railway ~ New Hampshire, USA. We visited this great attraction in 2002 and had a great time. There are some pictures in my Photo album.

  • The Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust ~ dedicated to this my favourite (sadly closed and virtually eradicated in the purges of 1966) railway line.  A really excellent site!

  • The National Railway Museum ~ The national collection of railway ephemera - in York.

  • London Transport Museum ~ a great museum of London's tube trains and busses.

  • The Watercress Line ~ In Hampshire, this is a fantastic place and website!

  • Bodmin & Wenford Railway ~ the only standard gauge steam operated railway in Cornwall.

  • The Spa Valley Railway ~ the old SR route from Tunbridge Wells West to Eridge via the Groombridge triangle.

  • Kidderminster Railway Museum ~ The Kidderminster Railway Museum houses a vast range of railway artefacts, most of which date back to the days of steam travel.

  • Bredgar & Worshill Light Railway ~ a delightful 2 foot gauge line set in the heart of the Kent countryside