Tourist and Enthusiast Railways

East Midlands

Ravenstor station
Ravenstor station on the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway
(Photo from Wikimedia Commons)
Abbey Pumping Station
Leicester. A 2 ft (610 mm) gauge railway, about 220 yards (200 m) in length. Steam and diesel hauled. Operates typically one or two days each month for most of the year.
Ashover Light Railway Society
Long term project to reopen a part of the 600mm gauge Ashover Light Railway. The proposed line would run from a new terminus near Ogston Reservoir (which covers part of the original trackbed) to Ashover Butts, about 2½ miles (4 km). The society currently has a short demonstration line near the Peak Rail station at Rowsley South.
The Battlefield Line Railway
Shackerstone (near Nuneaton) to Shenton: 4½ miles (7.2 km). Standard gauge. Steam and diesel hauled and diesel railcars. The line is named for the Battle of Bosworth Field (1485); Bosworth Field is adjacent to Shenton station.
Belton Light Railway
In the grounds of Belton House, near Grantham. 7¼ inch (184mm) gauge miniature railway over ¼ mile (450 m) in length (No website located at present)
Chesterfield Miniature Railway
Queen’s Park, Chesterfield. Line about 550 yards (500 m) in length. 10¼ inch (260 mm) gauge, steam outline diesel locomotive.
Conkers Railway
Conkers, Moira, near Swadlincote. 2 foot (610 mm) gauge miniature railway about ⅓ mile (0.5km) in length, connecting the two parts of this park located in the National Forest. Diesel hauled with steam outline locomotive (Website includes little information relating to the railway)
Crich Tramway Village
A working museum where you can take a tram ride from a recreated Victorian town street into the countryside on a Derbyshire hilltop. Line about 1 mile (1.6 km) in length. Standard gauge electric trams (with occasional short workings by horse drawn tram).
Derbyshire Dales Narrow Gauge Railway
From the Peak Rail station at Rowsley South, line about 500 yards (450 m) in length. 2 foot (610 mm) gauge. Diesel hauled, using former industrial equipment. Not operating since summer, 2015.
Ecclesbourne Valley Railway
Line operated in two separate sections from Wirksworth: Standard gauge. Steam or diesel hauled or diesel railcars.
Golden Valley Light Railway
From the Midland Railway Centre station at Swanwick Junction (near Ripley) to Newlands Inn in the Golden Valley Country Park (⅓ mile, 0.5 km). 2 ft (610 mm) gauge. Diesel hauled, using former industrial equipment.
GCR Development Ltd
Project to connect the Great Central Railway (Loughborough) and the Great Central Railway (Nottingham) into a single 17 mile (27.3 km) main line railway. Amongst other developments, requires a new bridge over the Network Rail line at Loughborough
Great Central Railway (Loughborough)
Central station, Loughborough to Leicester North: about 8 miles (12.8 km). Standard gauge. Steam and diesel hauled, usually with main line locomotives. Dining trains operate at certain times. Occasional passenger services operate on the branch line from Swithland to Mountsorrel (about 1¼ miles, 1.9 km). These are expected to become a regular feature at some time in the future.
Great Central Railway (Nottingham)
Ruddington to Loughborough: about 9 miles (14.4 km). Standard gauge, steam or diesel hauled. Trains operate the full length of the line on certain days only, at other times they operate between Ruddington and Rushcliffe Halt. There is also a miniature railway at Ruddington.
Hall Leys Park Railway
Hall Leys Park, Matlock. Line about 200 yards (180m) in length. 9½ inch (241 mm) gauge. Diesel hauled (No website located at present)
Iron Moose Express
Miniature railway in Twinlakes Park near Melton Mowbray. Line about ⅔ mile (1 km) in length. Diesel hauled with steam outline locomotives
Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway
Skegness Water Leisure Park near Ingoldmells. Line almost 1 mile (1.5km) in length. 600mm gauge. Diesel hauled, with a steam locomotive in the course of restoration.
Lincolnshire Wolds Railway
Ludborough to North Thoresby, about 2 miles (3.2 km). Extension planned from Ludborough to Pear Tree Lane, a further ¾ mile (1.2 km). Possible future extensions northwards to Waltham and southwards to Louth, giving a total length of about 9 miles (14.5 km). Standard gauge. Steam and diesel hauled.
Mablethorpe Miniature Railway
Queens Park, Mablethorpe. Line about 200 yards (180 m) in length 7¼ inch (184 mm) gauge, petrol hauled with steam outline (Thomas the Tank Engine) locomotive
Manor Park Miniature Railway
Manor Park, Glossop. Line about 600 yards (520 m) in length. 7¼ inch (184 mm) gauge, petrol, diesel or battery electric hauled (Website contains little information relating to railway)
Melton Mowbray Miniature Railway
Wilton Park, Melton Mowbray. Line about 500 yards (450 m) in length. 10¼ inch (260 mm) gauge, petrol hauled (Website contains little information relating to railway)
Midland Railway - Butterley
Near Ripley: Hammersmith to Riddings (3 miles, 4.8 km). There are no stations at the ends of the line, passengers board and alight at Butterley or Swanwick Junction. Possible future extension to Pye Bridge for interchange with trains on the national network. Standard Gauge. Steam and diesel hauled and diesel railcars. Dining trains operate at certain times.
Northampton & Lamport Railway
Northamptonshire: Boughton Crossing to Merry Tom Crossing (1½ miles, 2.4 km), passengers board and alight at Pitsford & Brampton station. Extension proposed to Lamport, a further 5 miles (8 km). Possible future extension towards Northampton, approximately 5 miles (8 km). Standard gauge. Steam and diesel hauled.
Northampton Ironstone Railway Trust
Hunsbury Hill Country Park, Northampton: line about 2¼ miles (3.6 km) in length, although only part of the line is presently in use. Open to the public on a few days each year, mainly holidays. Standard gauge. Usually diesel hauled.
Papplewick Percy
7¼ in (184 mm) gauge miniature railway, 276 yards (250 m) in legth, at the historic Papplewick Pumping Station. Steam hauled.
Pavilion Gardens Miniature Railway
Pavilion Gardens, Buxton. Line about 300 yards (270 m) in length. 12¼ inch (311 mm) gauge, steam outline diesel locomotive.
Peak Rail
Matlock (East Midlands Trains station) to Rowsley South: 4¼ miles (7 km). Standard gauge. Steam and diesel hauled. Dining trains operate at certain times.
Rocks by Rail
Cottesmore, near Oakham: line about ½ mile (0.8 km) in length. Extensions proposed. Standard gauge, steam or diesel hauled.
Rocky Mountain Railroad
In the Sundown Adventureland children's theme park near Rampton, Retford. 18 in (457 mm) gauge. Diesel hauled, steam outline locomotive.
Rushden Transport Museum
Rushden: line about ¼ mile (0.4 km) in length. Proposed extension to Higham Ferrers, a further ¾ mile (1.2km). Possible future extension to Wellingborough (East Midlands Trains station), a further 3½ miles (5.6 km). Standard gauge. Steam and diesel hauled. The museum is open most weekends during the summer although trains only operate on certain days.
Sherwood Forest Steam Railway
Edwinstowe. 15 in (381 mm) gauge. Usually steam hauled.
Springfields Miniature Railway
Springfields Festival Gardens, Spalding. 7¼ inch (184 mm) gauge miniature railway about 275 yards (250m) in length. Usually steam hauled.
Stapleford Miniature Railway
Stapleford, near Melton Mowbray. 10¼ in (260 mm) gauge line almost 2 miles 3 km) in length. Private railway open to the public on certain days by prior arrangement.
Steeple Grange Light Railway
Steeple House, near Wirksworth, to Middleton by Wirksworth, about ½ mile (0.8 km). At present public access is at Steeple Grange, on foot only from the High Peak Trail (trackbed of the former Cromford & High Peak Railway), nearest car parking at the National Stone Centre or at Black Rocks (each about 5 minutes walk). Car parking at Middleton mau be provided in the future. Unusual and intriguing small railway operated with former mine and quarry equipment. 18 inch (457 mm) gauge. Diesel and battery electric hauled.
Twycross Zoo Miniature Railway
in Twycross Zoo, near Atherstone. Line about 650 yards (600 m) in length. 10¼ inch (260 mm) gauge, steam outline diesel locomotive (Website contains no information relating to railway)
Wheelgate Park Railway
in the theme park near Newark. Line about 400 yards (360 m) in length. 7¼ in (184 mm) gauge, steam outline petrol locomotive.
Wicksteed Railway
in the theme park near Kettering. Line about 1¼ miles (2 km) in length. 2 ft (605 mm) gauge, steam outline diesel locomotives.
Willow Lake Miniature Railway
at the Billing Aquadrome, Great Billing, near Northamrton. Line about 1000 yards (910 m) in length. 15 inch (381 mm) gauge. Diesel hauled, steam outline locomotive.
Wirksworth Miniature Railway
at Wirksworth station of the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway. Line about 88 yards (80 m) in length. Proposed extension to Gorsey Bank, a total distance of about ¾ mile (1.2 km). 7¼ in (184 mm) gauge, steam or diesel hauled.
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