Category Archives: Narrow Gauge

Still more of Neil Clarke’s photos – Bure Valley Railway in Norfolk this time.

Still more of Neil Clarke’s photos 

Bure Valley Railway in Norfolk this time.


Bure Valley Railway at Wroxham

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Bure Valley Railway is Norfolk’s longest narrow gauge steam railway and runs between the market town of Aylsham and the bustling Broads town of Wroxham, and is within easy reach of Norwich and the coast. The nine mile line runs through the picturesque Bure Valley countryside, with a combined train and cruise on the Norfolk Broads available.

The railway’s facilities include an 80-seater Café at Aylsham Station which can provide everything from a cup of tea to a full meal, souvenir shops and free car and coach parking at both Aylsham and Wroxham Stations. All trains have special wheelchair accessible coaches which allow wheelchair and able bodied passengers to travel together. Disabled toilet facilities are available at both Aylsham and Wroxham. Trains operate on a daily basis from the beginning of April to the end of October with special events throughout the year. Discounted group rates available for parties of 20 or more.

Aylsham Station: Norwich Road, Aylsham NR11 6BW
Wroxham Station: Belaugh Road, Hoveton, Wroxham, NR12 8UU

These photos were taken a few years ago. Click on a picture to see a larger image.

I hope to visit the railway in July 2017.


More of Neil Clarke’s photos – this time from Amerton Railway

More of Neil Clarke’s photos

This time from Amerton Railway

Photos after the poster for the Gala, taken a few years ago.

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Amerton Railway’s 2017 Gala is on its way!


More of Neil Clark’s photos

More of Neil Clark’s photos

This time in Austria c2002

Some beautiful shots in the Austrian moumtains and some locos looking a little sad.

More of Neil Clarke’s photos – Narrow Gauge and Trams.

More of Neil Clarke’s photos

Narrow Gauge and Trams.

The first selection was taken at the Crich National Tramway Museum, Derbyshire.

The second selection was taken at the Corris Railway, Mid-Wales.

More of Neal Clark’s photos – Bala Lake Railway

More of Neal Clark’s photos – taken at the Bala Lake Railway, Wales, about 20 years ago.

More of Neal Clarke’s photos – East Germany, 2001

More of Neal Clarke’s photos 

East Germany, 2001

Some Narrow Gauge photos – Alford Valley Railway

Some Narrow Gauge photos

Alford Valley Railway

The Chasewater Railway Museum was given a collection of photographs by the family of Neil Clark, so I though I would post some on here.  They were taken roughly between 1993 and 2003.

The first selection is from the Alford Valley Railway

Scotland’s first 2ft Narrow Gauge passenger railway, running a service every 40 min. from Alford to Haughton Park.

Experience the Joy of the Railway –
Nothing evokes memories of a more civilised era than an old fashioned train ride! Experience a little piece of history on one of our beautifully restored trains, running between March-end and September, with our Santa Specials in December. The journey is suitable for all age groups.

Rudyard Lake Steam Railway – A new beginning!

Rudyard Lake Steam Railway 

A new beginning!


Photo by Val Daft


Rudyard Lake Steam Railway

A Staffordshire Moorlands tourist attraction has reopened under new ownership.

The Post & Times reported last month that Rudyard Lake Steam Railway had been sold to Simon Clarke, who has taken on the lake side attraction under the newly formed company of Leek and Rudyard Railway Limited.

Mr Clarke, who lives in Rudyard, has plans to bring extra lines and equipment from a railway which he had previously purchased from Scotland.

He added: “We are now closed until February half-term during which time there will be some building ground works carried out at the railway ahead if some of improvements planned for this year.

“For the remainder of the year we have several special events including a Diesel Gala in April and a Steam Gala in September, both of which will have guest engines at the railway for the whole weekend.

“Our other major change for 2016 is that Platform 2 Cafe is open whenever the railway is running. We hope this enhances everyone’s visit to the railway.”

Very best wishes to Mr. Clarke and the Leek & Rudyard Railway Ltd.


Photo by Val Daft

The link is to a number of photos taken at the railway on a visit with my (sadly late) dog Ellie in 2011.

Railway News, Rudyard Lake Steam Railway in Staffordshire for sale

Railway News

Rudyard Lake Steam Railway in Staffordshire for sale


The Rudyard Lake Steam Railway has an asking price of £349,950

A miniature steam railway in Staffordshire, including a mile-and-a-half of track, six steam engines, four diesels, 13 carriages, a footbridge, two signal boxes and three stations, has gone up for sale.

The Rudyard Lake Steam Railway has an asking price of £349,950.

The line attracts 40,000 people a year.

One of my favourite places to visit – chasewaterstuff.


Steam Railways Preservation in the 1980s and 1990s – Mid 1993

Steam Railways Preservation in the 1980s and 1990s

Mid 1993

Some photographs taken by Gwyn Roberts at the Festiniog Railway’s Hunslet Festival

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800px-Ffestiniog_DLG_BFFfestiniog Railway engine David Lloyd George at Blaenau Ffestiniog.
13 July 2004 Photo by Mike Buck.
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The Ffestiniog Railway (Welsh: Rheilffordd Ffestiniog) is a 1 ft 11 1⁄2 in (597 mm) narrow gauge heritage railway, located in Gwynedd, Wales. It is a major tourist attraction located mainly within the Snowdonia National Park.

The railway is roughly 13 1⁄2 miles (21.7 km) long and runs from the harbour at Porthmadog to the slate mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog, travelling through forested and mountainous scenery. The line is single track throughout with four intermediate passing places. The 1 ft 11 1⁄2 in (597 mm) narrow gauge track allows trains to interwork through to the Welsh Highland Railway of 1922 (operated by the Ffestiniog). The first mile of the line out of Porthmadog runs atop an embankment locally called “the Cob”, which is the dyke of the Traeth Mawr “polder”.