Eclectic Railways

18 November 2011

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Heritage Railway Association

Today you can travel on 510 miles of Heritage Railways and Tramways in the British Isles. Well you could start today, but it would take you some time to complete your journey! See: for a map of the places you can visit and details of the many special events they hold which range from Santa Specials and Steam Galas to events recreating the Railway as it was during the War.

Our Railways are a diverse bunch. Whichever one you choose will have its own character and charm that make it different to the rest. Whether it’s the Setting, Rolling Stock or Tearoom you are assured of a unique day out that, we hope, will want you to learn more.

Our Vehicles comes from all over the world. The little railbus in the picture was built in Germany but for the last 40 years has worked on the Keighley and Worth Valley Light Railway in West Yorkshire; the picture was taken during a visit to another Railway – can you guess where? Our members also feature locos from Africa, India and Pakistan alongside those from more traditional places such as Newcastle or Darlington.

The people that make the operation possible are also a varied and interesting bunch. We are run primarily by volunteers and every weekend you will see people from very different backgrounds and professions come together to keep the spirit of heritage alive. Whether it’s working in a tearoom or shovelling coal on the footplate there is a place for everyone (and we are always on the lookout for more!)

Guest post by Chris Smyth, Heritage Railway Association.



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