Oldland Common to Avon Riverside, the main station being Bitton
(near Bristol): 2½ miles (4 km). Proposed extension to Newbridge (near
Bath), a further 3 miles (5 km). Standard gauge. Steam and diesel
hauled. Dining trains operate at certain times.
In Bicton Park Botanical Gardens, East Budleigh (near Budleigh
Salterton). Bicton to The Hermitage: ½ mile (0.8 km), with a side loop
through the Pinetum traversed on the outward journey giving a further
½ mile (0.8 km). 18 in (457 mm) gauge. Steam hauled.
Bodmin Parkway station to Boscarne Junction, via Bodmin: 6½ miles
(10.4 km). Possible future extension to Wadebridge, a further 3½ miles
(5.8 km). Standard gauge. Steam or diesel hauled or diesel railcars.
Dining trains operate at certain times.
Clifton Gorge, near Bristol. Project to reopen the underground funicular connecting Hotwells Road
in the gorge near the Clifton suspension bridge with Sion Lane on the plateau above, a rise of 220 feet
(67 m) with a gradient of 1 in 2.3 (44%).
Meldon Viaduct to Bow, about 11¾ miles (19 km), the principal
station being Okehampton. On Summer Sundays trains a connecting
service from Exeter to Okehampton is provided by First Great Western,
which travels over the otherwise unsused 4 mile (6 km) section of
line between Bow and Yeoford. Standard gauge, diesel railcar or diesel
Paignton to Kingswear: 6¾ miles (10.9 km). Standard gauge.
Usually steam hauled. Dining trains operate at certain times.
Connection at Kingswear for ferry to Dartmouth, from where river
cruise steamers depart. Inclusive tickets for railway and river
Bickleigh (near Tiverton). Has a 2 ft (610 mm) gauge line,
360 yards (330 m) in length, steam and diesel hauled; and a 7¼ in
(184 mm) gauge miniature railway, over ½ mile (0.8 km) in length, diesel
Cranmore (near Shepton Mallet) to Mendip Vale: about 2½ miles
(4 km). Proposed extension to Cannard’s Grave, about a further
½ mile (0.8 km). Standard gauge. Steam and diesel hauled. Dining
trains operate at certain times. Also a 7¼ in (184 mm) gauge miniature
railway about ¼ mile (0.4 km) in length, steam or diesel hauled.
Project to reopen about 1 mile (1.6 km) of standard gauge line
between Christow and Doddiscombsleigh. The Christow site is open to
the public on an irregular basis during the summer and by prior
arrangement at other times, when rides can be taken on about 220 yards
(200 m) of narrow gauge track in a battery electric railcar rebuilt
as a miniature tram.
Common Lane Farm, Yenston, near Templecombe. 2 ft (610 mm) gauge
line a little over 1 mile (1.72 km) in length, mainly on the trackbed of
the former Somerset & Dorset Railway. Proposed extension will
bring the total length of line to about 1¼ miles (2 km). Steam or diesel
hauled. Operates typically one Sunday each month (every Sunday in August)
and most Bank Holidays.
15 inch (381 mm) gauge railway in Paradise Park, Hayle. Diesel
hauled using a former industrial locomotive. Jungle
Express is also the name used by the railways at Longleat
and Paignton Zoo, see entries below
Benny Halt (St Newlyn East, Newquay) to East Wheal Rose: 1 mile
(1.6 km). 15 in (381 mm) gauge. Steam Hauled. There are also two
miniature railways at East Wheal Rose: a 10¼ in gauge line, about
½ mile (0.8 km) in length, and a 7¼ in (184 mm) gauge line, about
350 yards (320 m) in length. Both are diesel hauled.
Woody Bay (near Parracombe) to Killington Lane, about 1 mile
(1.6 km). Extension proposed to Blackmoor Gate and Wistlandpound, a
further 4 miles (6.4 km), with possible further extensions in the
future. 1 ft 11½ in (597 mm) gauge. Usually steam hauled.
Morwellham Quay (near Tavistock). Includes a tramway allowing a
tour of an old copper mine. The 2 ft (610 mm) gauge line is 420 yards
(460 m) in length, and is partly underground. Battery electric
Littlehempston (Totnes) to Buckfastleigh: 7 miles (11.2 km).
Standard gauge. Steam and diesel hauled and diesel railcars. There
is also a miniature railway at Buckfastleigh, ½ mile (0.8 km) in length,
7¼ inch (184 mm) gauge, steam or diesel hauled.
Swanage via Corfe Castle to Norden: 5½ miles (8.8 km), with some
trains continuing to Wareham (South West Trains station), a further
10 miles (16 km). Standard gauge. Steam and diesel hauled and diesel
railcars. Dining trains operate at certain times.
Taw Valley Halt to South Meadow Lane, about 5½ miles (4 km), the
principal station being Blunsdon. Proposed extensions from Taw Valley
to Mouldon Hill (about ¼ mile, 0.5 km) and from South Meadow Lane to
Cricklade (about 1 mile, 1.5 km). Standard gauge. Steam and diesel
hauled and diesel railcars. Dining trains operate at certain times.
Murder Mystery Evenings on certain dates.
2 ft (610 mm) gauge railway using former industrial equipment
in the grounds of the Westonzoyland Pumping Station near Bridgewater.
At present operating demonstration trains only, passenger trains are
planned for the future. Diesel hauled.
Minehead to Bishops Lydeard: 20 miles (32 km), the longest preserved
railway in Great Britain. Occasional charter and other special trains
operate through to Taunton (about 4 miles - 6.4 km from Bishops Lydeard)
and onto the national network. Regular services to Taunton remain a
proposal for the future. Standard gauge. Steam and diesel hauled. Dining
trains operate at certain times.