Tourist and Enthusiast Railways

South East

Isle of Wight Steam Railway
Locomotives Stepney and Newport
approaching Ashey on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway
(Photo © 2001 Tony Pearce)
Amberley Chalk Pits Railway
Amberley, near Arundel. Part of the Amberley Working Museum. Amberley to Cragside, about ½ mile (0.8 km). 2 ft (610 mm) gauge. Steam and diesel hauled.
Beale Railway
in Beale Park Wildlife Park and Gardens, Lower Basildon, near Reading. Line about 1 mile (1.6 km) in length. 10¼ in (260 mm) gauge, diesel hauled.
Bekonscot Light Railway
in Bekonscot Model Village, Beaconsfield. Line about 200 yards (180 m) in length. 7¼ in (184 mm) gauge, diesel or battery electric hauled.
Bentley Miniature Railway
in the grounds of Bentley Wildfowl & Motor Museum, near Lewes. Line about 1 mile (1.6 km) in length. 5 in (127 mm) and 7¼ in (184 mm) gauge, steam, diesel or battery electric hauled.
Blenheim Park Railway
in the grounds of Blenheim Palace, conveying visitors between the Palace and the Pleasure Gardens. Line about 1000 yards (910 m) in length. 15 in (381 mm) gauge, diesel hauled (Website contains little information relating to railway)
Bluebell Railway
Sheffield Park (near Uckfield) to East Grinstead: 10½ miles (17 km). Possible future branch line from Horsted Keynes to Ardingly, 2¼ miles (3.6 km). Standard gauge. Steam hauled. Dining trains operate at certain times.
Bredgar & Wormshill Railway
Bredgar, near Sittingbourne. Warren Wood to Stony Shaw, about 600 yards (560 m). 2 ft (610 mm) gauge. Usually steam hauled.
Buckinghamshire Railway Centre
Quainton Road. Offers short train rides within the museum grounds on certain days. Standard gauge, usually steam hauled. There is also an extensive 5 in (127 mm) / 7¼ in (184 mm) gauge Miniature Railway.
Caldecotte Miniature Railway
Caldecotte Lake, near Milton Keynes. 5 inch (127 mm) and 7¼ inch (184 mm) gauge miniature railway. Steam or diesel hauled.
Chatham Historic Dockyard Railway
at the Historic Dockyard, Chatham. Standard gauge. Passengers are not normally carried but footplate rides can be obtained by prior arrangement.
Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway
Chinnor to Thame Junction (near Princes Risborough): 3½ miles (5.6 km). Proposed service into Princes Risborough over national network lines. Proposed extension from Chinnor to Aston Rowant, a further 2½ miles (4 km). Standard gauge. Steam and diesel hauled.
Cuckoo Hill Railway
Avon Valley Nurseries, near Fordingbridge. Line about ½ mile (0.8 km) in length. 7¼ in (184 mm) gauge, steam hauled.
Cholsey & Wallingford Railway
Wallingford to Cholsey. 2½ miles (4 km). Standard gauge. Usually diesel hauled with occasional visiting steam locomotives.
Didcot Railway Centre
Offers short train rides within the museum grounds on certain days. Usually standard gauge, steam or diesel hauled or diesel railcar, with occasional steam hauled broad (7ft 0¼in, 2140mm) gauge.
The Diddlys
Brooklands Leisure Park, Worthing. Miniature railway about 1000 yards (915 m) in length. 10¼ in (260 mm) gauge, steam outline diesel locomotives
East Kent Railway
Shepherdswell (near the Southeastern Trains Shepherds Well station) to Eythorne: 1½ miles (2.5 km). Standard gauge. Diesel hauled or diesel railcars. There is also a 5 in (271 mm) gauge (elevated, ride astride) miniature railway at Shepherdswell.
Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway
Eastbourne. Miniature railway almost 1 mile (1.6 km) in length. 7¼ in (184 mm) gauge, usually steam hauled.
Eastleigh Lakeside Railway
Lakeside Park, near Southampton Airport. 10¼ / 7¼ in (260 / 184 mm) dual gauge miniature railway a little over ¾ mile (1.3 km) in length. Steam hauled.
Exbury Steam Railway
in Exbury Gardens, near Southampton. 12¼ inch (311 mm) gauge railway about 1¼ miles (2 km) in length. Steam hauled.
Fancott Miniature Railway
The Fancott pub, Toddington, near Dunstable. 7¼ in (184 mm) gauge railway about 585 yards (535 m) in length. Diesel, petrol or battery electric hauled.
Fawley Hill Railway
privately owned railway that may be visited by members of the public on occasional Open Days. Standard gauge, a little over ½ mile (800 m) in length, steeply graded. Steam hauled.
Faversham Miniature Railway
Brogdale, near Faversham. 9 inch (229 mm) gauge railway about 900 yards (810 m) in length. Steam or petrol hauled.
Great Bush Railway
Hadlow Down (near Buxted). Private railway in Tinkers Park, open to the public typically 5 days each year. About ¼ mile (0.4 km), 2 ft (610 mm) gauge. Steam and diesel hauled.
Great Cockcrow Railway
Lyne (near Chertsey). 7¼ in (184 mm) gauge miniature railway with lines totalling over 1 mile (1.8 km) in length. Steam Hauled.
Gulliver’s Milton Keynes
15 inch (381 mm) gauge miniature railway 600 yards (540 m) in length, connecting various areas of the theme park. Diesel hauled, steam outline locomotive (Website contains little information relating to railway)
Hastings Cliff Railways
There are two, East Cliff and West Cliff. East Cliff is the higher of the two, with a rise of 208 feet (63 m), and has the distinction of being the steepest cliff railway in the UK, with a gradient of 1 in 1.28 (78%)
Hastings Miniature Railway
Rock-a-Nore to Marine Parade, about 600 yards (540 m). 10¼ in (260 mm) gauge, steam or diesel hauled.
Hayling Seaside Railway
Hayling Island. Beachlands to Eastoke Corner: a little over 1 mile (1.8 km). 2 ft (610 mm) gauge. Diesel hauled, although one locomotive has a steam locomotive outline.
Hollycombe Steam Collection
Liphook. Narrow gauge railway about 1½ miles (2.4 km) in length. Usually steam hauled. The line is laid to 2 ft (610 mm) gauge, although the steam locomotives used were built to 600 mm gauge. There is also a 7¼ in (184 mm) gauge miniature railway, about 400 yards (365 m) in length; and a short standard gauge railway, although the latter is currently not in use pending repairs to the locomotive.
Hotham Park Miniature Railway
Hotham Park, Bognor Regis. Line about 900 yards (820 m) in length. 12¼ in (311 mm) gauge, steam outline diesel locomotive.
Hythe Pier Railway
Hythe Promenade to Pier Head, about 700 yards (640 m). 2 ft (610 mm) gauge, electric hauled. Advertised as “the oldest pier railway in the world.” Operates in connection with the Hythe Ferry to Southampton.
Isle of Wight Steam Railway
Isle of Wight, Smallbrook Junction (connecting with South West Trains) to Wootton: 4¾ miles (7.6 km). Standard gauge. Steam hauled.
Kent & East Sussex Railway
Tenterden to Bodiam: 10 miles (16 km). Standard gauge. Steam hauled. Dining trains operate at certain times.
Lavender Line
Isfield (near Uckfield) to Worth Halt: ¾ mile (1.2 km). Standard gauge. Steam or diesel hauled, or diesel railbus. There is also a miniature railway at Isfield.
Legoland Hill Train
Funicular railway about 550 yards (503 m) in length, in the Legoland Windsor theme park.
Littlehampton Railway
Mewsbrook Park, Littlehampton, to the sea front, about 800 yards (730 m) in length. 12¼ in (311 mm) gauge, diesel hauled.
Malden & District Society of Model Engineers
Thames Ditton. Society site open to the public typically one day each month during the summer. Two miniature railways: a 7¼ in (184 mm) gauge line about 550 yards (503 m) in length, and a 3½ in (89 mm) gauge line about 500 yards (457 m) in length. Steam and diesel hauled.
Marwells Wonderful Railway
15 in (381 mm) gauge railway at Marwell Zoo near Winchester. Diesel hauled, steam outline locomotive.
Mizens Railway
Woking. 7¼ in (184 mm) gauge miniature railway with two circuits totalling nearly 1 mile (1.5 km) in length.
Moors Valley Railway
Although this line has a Hampshire postal address, it is actually located in Dorset. Please see Tourist and Enthusiast Railways - South West
Newhaven Miniature Railway
Paradise Park, Newhaven. Line about 200 yards (180 m) in length. 7¼ in (184 mm) gauge, diesel hauled (Website contains little information relating to railway)
Old Kiln Light Railway
at the Rural Life Centre, Tilford (near Farnham). Old Kiln to Waverley End, about 350 yards (320 m). 2 ft (610 mm) gauge. Steam and diesel hauled.
Pinewood Miniature Railway
Pinewood Leisure Centre, Wokingham. Society site open to the public typically one day each month during the summer. Dual gauge (5 in / 127 mm and 7¼ in / 184 mm) miniature railway almost ½ mile (0.8 km) in length. Steam, diesel and battery electric hauled.
Rio Grande Railway
In Paulton’s Family Theme Park near Romsey. 15 inch (381 mm) gauge miniature railway about 700 yards (640 m) in length. Diesel hauled, steam outline locomotive.
Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway
Hythe to Dungeness (Romney Marsh): 13½ miles (21.7 km). 15 in (381 mm) gauge. Steam and diesel hauled.
Rother Valley Railway
Proposed extension of the Kent & East Sussex Railway from Bodiam to Robertsbridge: 3½ miles (5.6 km). Standard gauge.
Royal Gunpowder Mills
Waltham Abbey. A 2ft 6in (762 mm) gauge passenger carrying line is under construction. There is also an 18 in (457 mm) gauge line which is currently operational for demonstration working and may be upgraded for passenger carrying in the future.
Royal Victoria Railway
Royal Victoria Country Park, Netley (near Southampton): 10¼ in (260 mm) gauge miniature railway with nearly 2½ miles (4 km) of track. Steam and diesel hauled.
Sittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway
Viaduct station, Sittingbourne to Kemsley Down: 1½ miles (2.6 km). The railway originally served an adjacent paper mill. 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) gauge. Steam hauled
South Downs Light Railway
in the Pulborough Garden Centre. Line about 1100 yards (1000 m) in length. 10¼ in (260 mm) gauge. Steam and diesel hauled.
Spa Valley Railway
Eridge (Southern station) to Tunbridge Wells West: 5 miles (8 km). Standard gauge. Steam and diesel hauled.
Stansted Park Light Railway
in the grounds of Stansted House, near Rowlands Castle. Line about 850 yards (780 m) in length. 7¼ in (184 mm) gauge. Steam and petrol hauled.
Strand Park Miniature Railway
Strand Park, Gillingham. Line about 400 yards (360 m) in length. 7¼ in (184 mm) gauge. Diesel hauled (Website contains little information relating to railway)
Sutton Hall Railway
Tabors Farm, near Rochford. Miniature railway about 1 mile (1.6 km) in length. Steam or diesel hauled.
Swanley New Barn Railway
Swanley Park, Swanley: 7¼ in (184 mm) gauge miniature railway a little over ½ mile (0.9 km) in length. Steam and diesel hauled.
Volk’s Electric Railway
Brighton. Pioneering electric railway still operating after over 100 years along 1 mile (1.6 km) of seafront. 2ft 8½in (825mm) gauge.
Watercress Line
Alton to Alresford: 10 miles (16 km). Standard gauge. Steam and diesel hauled. Dining trains operate at certain times. There is also a miniature railway (200 yards / 180m, 10¼ in / 260 mm gauge, diesel or petrol hauled) at Ropley station.
Wellington Country Park Miniature Railway
Riseley, near Hackfield. Line about 500 yards (450 m) in length. 7¼ in (184 mm) gauge. Diesel or battery electric hauled.
Willen Lake Miniature Railway
Willen Lake, Milton Keynes. 7¼ in (184 mm) gauge railway about 600 yards (500 m) in length. Diesel or petrol hauled
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