For the past 88 years the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway has been an integral part of the landscape of the Romney Marsh. Known as “Kent’s Mainline in Miniature”, our World Famous one-third full size Steam & Diesel locomotives have powered their way along the 13½ miles of track from the Cinque Port town of Hythe, terminating in Dungeness; a National Nature Reserve and one of the largest shingle landscapes in the world.
With 4 stations in between, all within walking distance of a beach, our railway provides you with an opportunity to explore this unique corner of Kent. Coast & country walks, with all manner of wildlife & flora to be seen, cycle rides, medieval churches and iconic Lighthouses are all on our doorstep.
With excellent catering facilities available at some stations , our ever-popular Model Railway Exhibition, 1940’s Museum and Play Park at New Romney Station, good station shops, free car parking and facilities to assist our Disabled visitors, RH&DR is the perfect any-weather, all-generations great day out.
We look forward to seeing you
ROMNEY HYTHE & DYMCHURCH RAILWAY
New Romney Station, New Romney Station, New Romney, Kent. TN28 8PL
Rudyard Lake Steam Railway @ Leek in the North Staffordshire Peak District and our steam trains are a great family day out ideal for kids on a train trip along Rudyard Lake. The railway uses coal fired steam engines on all its trains. One of the UK’s finest heritage steam railways and is constantly developing new attractions to give great family days out.
Rudyard lake railway uses narrow gauge steam engines on its trains and is in Staffordshire near Alton Towers and the borders of Cheshire and Derbyshire and handy for the Peak District. The steam trains are equivalent to about half the size of a narrow gauge railway with 10.25 inch gauge tracks. The trains run whatever the weather and have covered coaches.
The kids birthday party express is the ideal birthday party venue for kids of all ages. Rudyard lake is a great family centre for days out, picnics, sailing, boating and fishing as well as riding the steam train. It makes a superb day out for children and adults.
Rudyard Lake was developed by the North Staffordshire Railway to offer days out to the workers of the Midlands and North West. The Lake in the West of the Peak District retains its beauty and serenity and was named the 3rd most romantic spot in the UK. Rudyard Lake is the historic site where poet & author Rudyard Kipling’s parents met on a picnic day out and named their son after the place where they met.
RUDYARD LAKE STEAM RAILWAY
Rudyard Station, Rudyard, Leek, Staffs, ST13 8PF, UK
The Sherwood Forest Railway, home of Nottinghamshire’s only narrow gauge steam railway, nestled in a valley in between Mansfield and the historic village of Edwinstowe.
A 5/8th scale, 15” gauge railway running through cuttings, over level crossings and across traditional farm land, our railway is run to the Narrow Gauge Railway principles where the little locos were used to build the foundations of roads, larger railways and water navigations of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.
When David Colley saw two steam locos advertised for sale in 1998,he went down to Keith Hardy’s home in Cheltenham to look at them.
The Bagnall had already run at Cleethorpes Coast Railway. Pet had never been run and was finished for us. After some consideration (not a lot) we decided to buy both of them but then we had the job to find some where to run them.
For a year both locos were kept in our garage at home we pushed them out every now and then to polish them. We eventually found a site to build our railway which was within the Sherwood Forest Farm Park in 1999 and work started stripping points and sleepers behind the farm in preparation of the build.
It was in the winter of 1999/2000 that the hard work really began when we sited a storage container to act as our engine shed and started digging a track bed, laying track which went up the hill and into the sheep field to the right of where our tunnel is now. It was only 150 yards long,we were ready to open in the season of 2000.
After a successful first season we decided to alter the route to go down a sight gradient, through a cutting and across the lane at a level crossing. This was started in 2001 and the final goal was to arrive at the Buffalo in the far corner of the farm park. Each year we have extended the line as time, man power and resources have allowed, until finally in 2006 we reached our second station area, just in time for two visiting loco’s from Cleethorpes which joined in our Gala celebrations. Over the winter of 2007/2008, the lower station was revised in order to simplify the running procedures. The line now has two level crossings, a tunnel and two stations named Loxley and Welldale. The farm park sadly closed at the end of the 2010 season, but this has bought a new life to the railwy as a tourist attraction in it’s own right…
The tunnel which we go through was rope containers from the former Clipstone Pit, and was sited in 2004.
The route we now take is part of the flood dykes, an irrigation system built between 1819 and 1838 by the Duke of Portland who spent almost £40,000 on a 7.5 mile irrigation scheme to create water meadows on the dry and sandy land. Huge amounts of earth were moved to smooth the fields and move the river, with an irrigation canal being excavated along the top between Mansfield Woodhouse and where we are now. This was partially drained in the fifties to allow development but provides us with a stunning valley to run around and a level course to continue along for future extensions.
SHERWOOD FOREST RAILWAY
Lambs Pens Lane, Edwinstowe, near Mansfield Nottinghamshire NG21 9HL
Our 5 inch Gauge Miniature Railway has a total of ¾ mile of track with around 2/3 mile of running track. It includes a Tunnel, Motive Power Depot, Carriage Sheds, Turntable and Automatic Signalling System
In February 1999 Mike Bass and a team of volunteers moved onto the site at what was then the Avon Valley Country Park (now Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park). Their aim was to construct a “double track” main line 5″ gauge, ground level railway. In May 1999 a five year plan was drawn up and was completed by October 1999, with men working 12-14 hours a day. Most of the results of this plan can be seen within the photo gallery on this website – I hope you enjoy navigating around the site.
Initially, train rides were given on a short length of portable track (150ft/50mtrs) laid on the greenfield site, using a Warship Class (42) Locomotive “D824 Highflyer” and two Aristocraft carriages.
By late June 1999 the new track bed had been excavated, and nearly 600 tons of limestone tipped and consolidated to form the base. Prefabricated track panels (normally 10ft lengths), which were made on site, were soon laid and by August 1999 the outer circuit, some 900 ft in length, was opened for public running.
A Portacabin, which was the former Wages Office at Old Oak Common, was brought to the site and formed the basis of the station building. A new tiled roof was built over the cabin and station area. A derelict turntable was purchased, restored and modified then installed with direct access via a ramp to the locomotive shed. This certainly made the job of stabling locomotives and rolling stock much easier than had previously been the case. The previous method to stable these items was to nearly dismantle them completely each night after the park had closed. Which took a considerable amount of time and was very heavy, fiddly work!
Track laying and fencing took the remainder of the year, until eventually the double track “inner circuit” was completed within a secure site.
A period of consolidation followed until 2002 when work commenced on building a 60 ft tunnel. This feature has certainly proved popular with our passengers of all ages and was finally completed in 2003. A Commemorative Brick can be found mounted on the front portal.
The signal box is largely based on that which was located at Parsons Tunnel, near Dawlish in Devon. It houses a 36 lever replica frame and was initially going to be used to control the signalling on the network. This proved to be very time and labour intensive and all signalling is now multiple aspect colour light, being activated by a combination of approach controlled track circuits.
The locomotive fleet continues to expand. At present there are no operational steam locomotives owned but the railway but there are a few owned by the volunteers that help run the railway. The Diesel fleet comprises of 10 operational locomotives, that are all battery operated. These are mostly Abbots model engineering class 66’s and 67’s.
In 2018, due to ill health Mike decided that is was time to hand the reins over to Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park and retire. The future of the railway looks safe and secure with future plans of maybe converting to a dual 5” & 7 ¼” Gauge railway.
Access to the railway can only be gained through a day ticket to Avon Valley Park.
STRAWBERRY LINE MINIATURE RAILWAY
Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park, Pixash Lane, Keynsham, Bristol, BS31 1TP
Bedford MES is a group of like-minded people who are interested in engineering in miniature, from transport by road, rail, air and sea, as well as tools and machinery – in fact anything that falls within the broad boundaries of engineering.
The Society’s base is at the Summerfields’ Miniature Railways system, which is located approximately half-way between Hitchin in Hertfordshire and Bedford. The railways (there are three track systems at the Summerfields’ site) are a popular visitor destination for children and parents alike. Please check the Events Calendar to learn when public running days are scheduled.
SUMMERFIELDS MINIATURE RAILWAY
The SNBR is set in the picturesque Swanley park, which contains apart from the railway, a large family boating lake, sand pit, paddling pool, café, bouncy castle, kiddie electric bikes and an excellent play ground, all inside the 60 acre park. The railway however is not a pure pleasure line, with most of its custom coming from its primary function as a transportation service of visitors and there bulky luggage.
The SNBR is probably unique in the way it moves people from the main car park on new barn road, up the hill and a quarter of a mile away to centre of the parks attractions. The main station New Barn resides between the main playground and the café and is opposite the boating lake. This is why people coming to the park, use the railway as a means of transport and also leads to the SNBR with a rush hour style head ache on most high season afternoons
The railway boasts a very demanding track, and although our trains on the flat are very powerful, the SNBR only normally run a standard 5 coach train, 4 coaches for passengers and 1 coach for luggage. The SNBR circuit is 1km in length (just over ½ mile in old money) and is notorious for its heavy and hard grades. Straight from leaving New Barn, the engine has to haul its train which can be anywhere up to 10tons in weight up the 1 in 80 gradient to the summit, before then descending down new barn bank at a ruling grade of 1 in 50 to Swanley Parkway, a careful hand on the brake, is needed to make sure the train stops at Swanley Parkway which is relatively flat by SNBR standards. After leaving Swanley Parkway the railway continues to fall at about 1 in 100 to what is known as cherry tree. This is the tree which is also the closest to the main running line. From here it’s a steady 1 in 100 all the way back to New Barn, hard work for any engine.
The SNBR is also renowned for its fine collection of locomotives. The SNBR being a transportation service heavily relies on its diesel locomotives, which do the majority of the service trains, supported when drivers and locomotives are available from our Steam Engine Fleet. The SNBR fleet contains over 15 locomotives, with a large part of the fleet being constructed in-house by the society or its members.
We open to the public on the first Saturday in March and operate all weekends and bank holidays until the last Sunday in October. We open during local school holidays on Wednesdays (please check our facebook and website for information) We also run a Santa Special on the first weekend in December.’ A new car park in Thompson Park is due to open in 2018.
Mizens Railway is a passenger-carrying miniature railway situated in a delightful 10-acre site near Woking in Surrey. Click here for address and postcode. Operating on a track gauge of 7¼ inches, the railway provides a choice of runs, the longer one being nearly 1 mile in length, and a new route (The Highland Line) which is used when conditions permit. A schematic track plan is shown here. A variety of locomotives are in use, including several steam engines.
The railway is generally open to the public on Sunday afternoons from the beginning of May until the end of September, plus Thursday afternoons in August. We also run on Easter Sunday and New Year’s Day. In additon, several Special Events are held including the very popular Santa Specials in December (for which advance booking is required). For details of running days see Timetable and Fares.
In addition to train rides, the site has many other attractions – see Visitor Facilities.
Mizens Railway takes its name from its original location at Mizens Farm, where the headquarters of McLaren is now located. We moved to our present site in 2000 and held our official opening there in May 2002.
The railway is owned by Woking Miniature Railway Society Ltd and the entire operation is run by volunteer members.