List of British heritage and private railways

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This is a list of heritage, private and preserved railways throughout the United Kingdom and the Channel Islands whether operational or former, for charitable purposes or shareholder profit. Some also provide a local economic transport purpose. For rail museums, see List of British railway museums.

Many of the standard gauge railways listed (thus including former branch lines and ex-mainlines) were closed by British Railways (later shortened to British Rail) under the Beeching Axe of the 1960s. Others later or earlier closed. All ceased their public financing with up-to-date rolling stock and often avoided electrification and electronic signals to be restored and operated as heritage lines. A smaller number of lines were formerly industrial or colliery railways.

Many of these preserved railways and railway centres such as stations, engineering workshops and collections of old locomotives are mentioned in national and international tour guides, and visits may form part of a school curriculum and centres of other studies including in civil engineering, mechanics, social, economic and political history, visual arts and drama.

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England[edit]

South West[edit]

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[edit]

Railway Centres and Museums[edit]

Narrow Gauge[edit]

Restored Victorian coach at the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway

Miniature Gauge[edit]

Tramways[edit]

East of England[edit]

Mixed train on the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway

Standard Gauge[edit]

Railway Centres and Museums[edit]

Narrow Gauge[edit]

Miniature Gauge[edit]

Tramways[edit]

East Midlands[edit]

Standard Gauge[edit]

Railway Centres and Museums[edit]

Narrow Gauge[edit]

Miniature Gauge[edit]

Tramways[edit]

A 1931 Leeds tram seen at Crich Tramway Village in 2004

North of England[edit]

Goathland station on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Standard Gauge[edit]

Railway Centres and Museums[edit]

Narrow Gauge[edit]

Miniature Gauge[edit]

Tramways[edit]

South East[edit]

GWR Earl of Berkeley at Horsted Keynes Station, Bluebell Railway

Standard Gauge[edit]

Railway Centres and Museums[edit]

The engine sheds at Didcot Railway Centre

Narrow Gauge[edit]

Miniature Gauge[edit]

West Midlands[edit]

Arley station on the Severn Valley Railway

Standard Gauge[edit]

Railway Centres and Museums[edit]

Narrow Gauge[edit]

Miniature Gauge[edit]

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

Tramways[edit]

Dudley tram No. 5 of 1920 at Black Country Museum

Tramways[edit]

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[edit]

East of England[edit]

North of England[edit]

South and West of England[edit]

Defunct[edit]

Northern Ireland[edit]

See List of heritage railways in Northern Ireland

Standard gauge[edit]

Railway Centres and Museums[edit]

Narrow gauge[edit]

Defunct[edit]

  • Shanes Castle Railway, County Antrim - closed 1994 (stock moved to Giants Causeway and Bushmills Railway

Scotland[edit]

Standard gauge[edit]

Central Highlands[edit]

East Coast of Scotland[edit]

Scottish Borders[edit]

Railway centres and museums[edit]

Narrow gauge[edit]

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

Miniature railways[edit]

Tramways[edit]

Proposed[edit]

TBA

Defunct[edit]

Wales[edit]

North Wales[edit]

Standard Gauge[edit]

Railway centres and museums[edit]

Narrow Gauge[edit]

Miniature railways[edit]

Tramways[edit]

Mid Wales[edit]

Narrow Gauge[edit]

Miniature railways[edit]

South Wales[edit]

Standard Gauge[edit]

Narrow gauge[edit]

Proposed[edit]

North Wales[edit]

Narrow Gauge[edit]

South Wales[edit]

Standard Gauge[edit]

Defunct[edit]

Isle of Man[edit]

See Rail transport in the Isle of Man.

Channel Islands[edit]

Alderney[edit]

Jersey[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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