Tourist and Enthusiast Railways

South West

Lynton and Barnstaple replica "Yeo"
Lynton & Barnstaple replica Yeo on trial at the Fairbourne Railway.
(Photo © 1999 David Enefer)
Avon Valley Railway
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.
Babbacombe Cliff Railway
Torquay. Cliff railway with a rise of 240 feet (73 m).
Beer Heights Light Railway
At Pecorama, near Beer. A complex circuit about 1 mile (1.6 km) in length with 3 stations. 7¼ in (184 mm) gauge. Steam, diesel and battery electric hauled.
Bicton Woodland Railway
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 & Wenford Railway
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.
Bournemouth
There are two cliff railways in the town and a further one in neighbouring Pokesdown. The highest of these (Bournemouth East Cliff) has a rise of 117 feet (36 m).
Clevedon Railways
Salthouse Fields, Clevedon. Line about ½ mile (0.8 km) in length. 9½ in (241 mm) gauge, steam hauled
Clifton Rocks Railway
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%).
Coate Water Miniature Railway
Coate Water Country Park, near Swindon. Line about ½ mile (0.8 km) in length. 5 in (127 mm) and 7¼ in (184 mm) gauge, steam or battery electric hauled.
Dartmoor Railway
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 hauled.
Dartmouth Steam Railway
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 cruise available.
Devon Railway Centre
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 hauled.
Dino Express Train
in the Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park, near Ilfracombe. Line about 500 yards (450 m) in length. 15 in (381 mm) gauge, steam outline diesel locomotive.
East Somerset Railway
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.
Exeter & Teign Valley Railway
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.
Exmouth Express
in the Exmouth Fun Park. Line about 150 yards (137 m) in length. 10¼ inch (260 mm) gauge, diesel hauled .
Gartell Light Railway
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.
Helston Railway
Prospidnick to Truthall, about 1 mile (1.6 km). Extensions proposed to Nancegollan and Helston. Standard gauge, steam or diesel hauled or diesel railcar.
Jungle Express
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
Lappa Valley Steam Railway
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.
Launceston Steam Railway
Launceston to Newmills: 2½ miles (4 km). 2 ft (610 mm) gauge. Steam hauled.
Longleat Railway
In the grounds of Longleat, near Warminster. Line about 1¼ miles (2 km) in length. 15 inch (381 mm) gauge (Website contains little information relating to railway)
Lynton & Barnstaple Railway
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.
Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway
Water balance cliff railway connecting the villages of Lynton and Lynmouth, with a rise of 500 feet (152 m), the highest in the UK. In operation since 1890.
Milky Way Railway
In the Milky Way Adventure Park, near Clovelly. 1 ft 11½ in (597 mm) gauge line. Diesel powered, steam outline locomotive based on Lynton & Barnstaple designs.
Moors Valley Railway
Moors Valley Country Park, Ashley Heath (near Ringwood). 7¼ in (184 mm) gauge line over 1 mile (1.6 km) in length. Steam hauled, with locomotives and stock inspired by narrow gauge prototypes.
Morwellham Quay
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 haulage.
North Somerset Railway
Project to reopen the line from Radstock to Hapsford (about 8 miles, 13 km), with possible eventual extension over the Network Rail line to Frome.
Old Macdonald’s Farm Railway
Old Macdonald’s Farm, near Padstow. Line about 200 yards (183 m) in length. 7¼ inch (184 mm) gauge, steam outline petrol locomotive
Paignton Zoo Railway
in Paignton Zoo. Line about 500 yards (450 m) in length. 10¼ inch (260 mm) gauge, diesel hauled.
Plym Valley Railway
Marsh Mills (Plympton, near Plymouth) to Plym Bridge, about 1¼ miles (2 km). Standard gauge. Steam and diesel hauled and diesel railcars.
Poole Park Trains
Poole Park, Poole: 10¼ in (260 mm) gauge miniature railway about ½ mile (0.8 km) in length. Diesel hauled.
Porterswick Junction Light Railway
Hidden Valley Discovery Park, near Egloskerry. Line about 1 mile (1.6 km) in length. 7¼ inch (184 mm) gauge, diesel hauled.
Seaton Tramway
Seaton to Colyton: 3 miles (4.8 km). 2 ft 9 in (838 mm) gauge electric trams.
Somerset & Dorset Railway Heritage Trust
Midsomer Norton. Museum proposing to operate passenger trains on about ¼ miles (0.4 km) of line from the station, with possible future extension towards Chilcompton.
South Devon Railway
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.
Strawberry Line
Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park, near Keynsham. 5 in (127 mm) gauge miniature railway about ⅔ mile (over 1 km) in length. Steam and diesel hauled.
Swanage Railway
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.
Swindon & Cricklade Railway
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.
Tarka Valley Railway
Project to reopen a short stretch of line from Torrington station.
Taw Link
Project to create a 5 mile (8 km) light rail (tram) route between Barnstaple and Braunton, mostly on the formation of the former railway route.
Trago Mills Steam Railway
Trago, Newton Abbot. Complex main line circuit with a branch totalling over 1½ miles (2.4 km). 10¼ inch (260 mm) gauge. Steam hauled.
Vale of Berkeley Railway
Project to open all or part of the branch from Berkeley to Sharpness (about 4 miles, 6 km) for tourist passenger service.
Westonzoyland Light Railway
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.
West Somerset Railway
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.
Weymouth Bay Miniature Railway
Lodmoor Country Park, near Weymouth. Line about 550 yards (500 m) in length. 10¼ inch (260 mm) gauge, steam outline diesel locomotive (No website located at present).
Woodland Train
Brokerswood Country Park, near Westbury. 10¼ in (260 mm) gauge miniature railway about 600 yards (550 m) in length. Diesel hauled (Website contains little information relating to railway)
Yeovil Railway Centre
Yeovil Junction Station. Line about ⅓ mile (0.5 km) in length. Standard gauge, steam hauled. There is also a miniature railway.
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