Tourist and Enthusiast Railways

North West

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway
River Esk approaching Beckfoot
on the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway
(Photo: www.visitcumbria.com)
Allostock Miniature Railway
All-In-One Garden Centre, Allostock, near Knutsford. 7¼ in (184 mm) gauge miniature railway about 600 yards (540 m) in length. Usually battery electric hauled.
Blackpool Zoo
Has a 15 in (381 mm) gauge miniature railway about 700 yards (630 m) in length. Steam outline diesel locomotive (Website contain little information relating to railway)
Brookside Miniature Railway
Brookside Garden Centre, Poynton. 7¼ in (184 mm) gauge miniature railway 950 yards (870 m) in length. Steam and diesel hauled.
Cinderbarrow Railway
Tarn Lane, Yealand Redmayne, near Carnforth. 3½ in (89 mm) / 5 in (127 mm) / 7¼ in (184 mm) gauge miniature railway about 400 yards (360 m) in length. Steam or battery electric hauled.
Crewe Heritage Centre
Has a 7¼ in (184 mm) gauge miniature railway about 600 yards (540 m) in length. Steam, petrol or battery electric hauled.
Dragon Miniature Railway
Wyevale Garden Centre, Marple. 7¼ in (184 mm) gauge miniature railway about ½ mile (0.8 km) in length. Steam or diesel hauled. Also Tara the Tram, a battery powered tram which can be self-driven by children on its own 7¼ in (184 mm) gauge line, 250 ft (76 m) in length.
East Lancashire Railway
Heywood to Rawtenstall (Rossendale): 12 miles (19.3 km). The principal station is at Bolton Street, Bury. Standard gauge. Steam and diesel hauled and diesel railcars. Dining trains operate at certain times.
Eden Valley Railway
Warcop to Southfields: about 2¼ mile (3.5km). Proposed extension to Appleby East, a total distance of 5¼ miles (8.5 km). Possible future extension to Kirkby Stephen East, connecting with the Stainmore Railway. Standard gauge. Diesel hauled or diesel railcar.
Grosvenor Park Miniature Railway
Grosvenor Park, Chester. Line about ¼ mile (0.4 km) in length, encircling the lake. 7¼ in (184mm) gauge. Steam and diesel hauled.
Gulliver’s Warrington
15 inch (381 mm) gauge miniature railway connecting various areas of the theme park. Diesel hauled, steam outline locomotive (Website includes little information relating to railway)
Haigh Hall Miniature Railway
15 inch (381 mm) gauge railway nearly 1 mile (1.6 km) in length at the Haigh Country Park (near Wigan). Steam hauled.
Halton Miniature Railway
Town Park, Runcorn. Line almost 1 mile (1.6 km) in length. 7¼ in (184mm) gauge. Usually petrol hauled.
Handforth Model Engineering Society
Meriton Road Park, Handforth. Line about 300 yards (270 m) in length. 7¼ inch (184mm) gauge.
Happy Mount Express
Happy Mount Park, Bare, near Morecambe. 10¼ in (381 mm) gauge miniature railway about 200 yards (180 m) in length. Diesel hauled (Website contains little information relating to railway)
Heaton Park Tramway
Heaton Park, Manchester. Line about ½ mile (0.8 km) in length. Standard gauge electric trams.
High Legh Railway
High Legh Garden Centre, High Legh, near Knutsford. 7¼ in (184 mm) gauge miniature railway about 850 yards (780 m) in length. Steam or battery electric hauled.
Knowsley Safari Park
Has a 15 inch (381 mm) gauge miniature railway. Diesel hauled, steam outline locomotive (Website contains little information relating to railway)
Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway
Lakeside (Newby Bridge) to Haverthwaite (Ulverston): 3½ miles (5.6 km). Standard gauge. Steam and diesel hauled. The railway connects at Lakeside with Windermere Lake Cruises.
Lakeside Miniature Railway
Southport: Marine Parade to Pleasureland, about ½ mile (0.7 km). 15 inch (381mm) gauge. Diesel hauled, mainly with steam outline locomotives.
Leyland Society of Model Engineers
Worden Park, Leyland. Miniature railways with 7¼ in (184 mm) gauge line about 900 yards (1 km) in length, and dual 3½ in (89 mm) / 5 in (127 mm) gauge line about 540 yards (590 m) in length. Steam or diesel hauled.
Little Hoddy Railway
Port Haverigg Holiday Village, near Millom. 7¼ in (184 mm) gauge miniature railway about 400 yards (360 m) in length. Steam, petrol or battery electric hauled (Website contains no information relating to railway)
Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society
Birkenhead (near Hamilton Square Merseyrail station). Line a little under ½ mile (0.7 km) in length. Standard gauge electric tramway.
MOSI
Steam hauled train rides on a short length of line at the Museum of Science & Industry in Manchester. The Museum is based around the original Liverpool Road station of the Liverpool & Manchester Railway; the locomotive is a faithful replica of Robert Stephenson’s Planet, built for that railway in 1830, with replicas of contemporary open carriages.
Pleasure Beach Express
Blackpool Pleasure Beach. 21 in (533 mm) gauge miniature railway a liilte over ½ mile (900 m) in length. Diesel hauled with steam outline locomotives.
Poulton & Wyre Railway Society
Project to reopen all or part of the line from Poulton-le-Fylde to Fleetwood. About 1½ miles (2.4 km). Standard gauge.
Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway
Ravenglass to Dalegarth (Eskdale): 7 miles (11.2 km). 15 in (381 mm) gauge. Steam hauled.
Ribble Steam Railway
Preston: about 1½ miles (2.4 km) of line formerly serving the docks. Standard gauge. Usually steam hauled.
South Lakes Safari Zoo
Has a 7¼ in (184 mm) gauge miniature railway about 200 yards (180 m) in length. Steam or diesel hauled (Website contain no information relating to railway)
South Tynedale Railway
Alston to Slaggyford: 4½ miles (7.2 km). Possible future extension to Haltwhistle, a further 7½ miles (12 km). 2 foot (610 mm) gauge. Steam and diesel hauled.
Stainmore Railway
Line about 1 mile (1.6km) in length from Kirkby Stephen East. Standard gauge. Diesel hauled. A steam locomotive is in the course of overhaul.
Thompson Park Railway
Thompson Park, Burnley. 7¼ in (184 mm) gauge miniature railway about 900 yards (815 m) in length. Steam, petrol or battery electric hauled.
Threlkeld Quarry Railway
At the Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum. 2 foot (610 mm) gauge. Steam or diesel hauled, using historic industrial equipment.
West Lancashire Light Railway
Hesketh Bank, near Preston. Line about 300 yards (275 m) in length. 2 foot (610 mm) gauge. Steam and diesel hauled.
Windmill Farm Railway
15 inch (381 mm) gauge line about ½ mile (0.8 km) in length, at Windmill Animal Farm near Burscough. Steam and diesel hauled.
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