Category Archives: Narrow Gauge

More from Neil Clarke’s Collection – Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

More from Neil Clarke’s Collection

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

 Another railway visited and photographed by Neil Clarke.

Photos taken around the 1990s/2000s

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https://ravenglass-railway.co.uk/

Ravenglass & Eskdale Steam Railway

The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway is one of the oldest and longest narrow gauge railways in England, known affectionately as La’al Ratty meaning “little railway“ in olde Cumbrian dialect. It was 105 years ago in April 1913 that the original 3ft line closed and in 1915 the new 15in La’al Ratty was born. Our heritage steam engines transport passengers from Ravenglass, the only coastal village in the UNESCO World Heritage Site Lake District National Park, to Dalegarth for Boot some 210ft above sea level.

The journey takes 40 minutes each way and passes seven intermediate request stops which are perfect for walking. Our cosy covered and open top carriages provide the best of comfort and views as you travel up the line. Our main season runs from March until October however we operate trains during November and December for Christmas!

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En route keep your eyes peeled for Greylag Geese, Curlew, Shelduck, Red Squirrels and Buzzards. On arrival at Dalegarth there is something for everyone, with our café serving homemade treats, a gift shop with plenty of pocket money gifts as well as great trails and walks to explore in this beautiful corner of the Lake District National Park.

The journey itself was one of Alfred Wainwright’s favourites; crossing through seven miles of spectacular scenery within sight of England’s highest mountains, the Scafell Range. ‘Britain’s Favourite View’, Wastwater is just around the corner.

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A couple of Isle of Man Photos

A couple of Isle of Man Photos

No.11 Maitland makes a vigorous departure from Douglas on 29 May, 1979, with the 2.10pm for Port Erin.  Photograph: John Turner.

No.11 Maitland, again, built in 1905, makes a fine sight as it bustles through Oakhill Cutting in bright sunshine with the 10.35am from Douglas to Port Erin on 2 July, 1973.  Photograph: D.T.Cobbe.

More from Neil Clarke’s Collection – Llanberis Lake Railway

More from Neil Clarke’s Collection

Llanberis Lake Railway

 Another railway visited and photographed by Neil Clarke.

Photos taken around the 1990s/2000s

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Welcome to Llanberis Lake Railway 2018

Discover the timeless appeal of our narrow-gauge steam trains – a more leisurely way to travel and the perfect way to savour the grandeur of Snowdonia.

Our little steam engines take you on a five-mile return journey alongside Lake Padarn, right in the heart of Snowdonia.

The journey takes you past the 13th century Dolbadarn Castle, across possibly Britain’s shortest river and past Llanberis’ twin lakes. From Llanberis the train runs non-stop through the Padarn Country Park, joining the 1845 slate railway route to run along the shores of Lake Padarn to Penllyn, and giving stunning views of Snowdon, the highest peak in England and Wales.

There’s a short stop at Cei Llydan, a beautifully tranquil place that’s ideal for a lakeside picnic, and at Gilfach Ddu, where you can visit the National Slate Museum, watch the driver stoking the fire, the engine taking water, or spend some time in our gift shop and cafe.

The five mile return trip takes around 60 minutes, and all advertised trains are scheduled to be hauled by one of our vintage steam engines rescued from the nearby Dinorwic slate quarries and lovingly restored.

All our trains have wheelchair accommodation, but spaces are limited, so please let us know you are coming. Toilets, including disabled access, are situated nearby in the Country Park.

The first post from another Steam Railway Forum – Spring, Summer 1976

The first post from another Steam Railway Forum

Spring, Summer 1976

The back cover

A portrait of steam by Graham Scott-Lowe as 5764 leaves Hampton Loade for Bewdley at the Severn Valley’s enthusiast’s day on 27th September.

The front cover

Maid Marian is seen on the Bala Lake Railway.  Photo: D.C.Carrington

 

More from Neil Clarke’s Collection – Leadhills and Wanlockhead Light Railway

More from Neil Clarke’s Collection

Leadhills and Wanlockhead Light Railway

 

Another railway visited and photographed by Neil Clarke.

Photos taken around the 1990s/2000s

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https://www.leadhillsrailway.co.uk/

Welcome to Leadhills and Wanlockhead Railway
Heritage Railway Association – Award Winners 2016

Leadhills is the home for Britain’s highest narrow gauge adhesion railway, reaching 1,498 feet above sea level. Operated and managed by a team of dedicated enthusiasts, all of whom are volunteers, the railway welcomes visitors every weekend during the summer months. We also run special events outwith these times and hope that families enjoy our Easter, Halloween, Santa and Steam Weekends. On Saturdays and Sundays, the trains run frequently, with journey time taking 25 minutes. The journey takes you from the station at Leadhills to the terminus at Glengonnar halt before returning back to the station. The train runs past the disused Glengonnar Mine, where minerals were first excavated in the 1450’s. The narrow gauge track has been built on the original track bed of the Caledonian Railway and today runs a variety of historic industrial diesel locomotives. Visitors are invited to explore the signal box and railway shed, view the trains and wander around our small shop and museum.

 

More from Neil Clarke’s Collection – Launceston Steam Railway

More from Neil Clarke’s Collection

Launceston Steam Railway

Another railway visited and photographed by Neil Clarke.

Photos taken around the 1990s/2000s

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Welcome to the Launceston Steam Railway

Our enchanting narrow gauge railway offers train rides through the unspoilt countryside of Cornwall.  All trains are hauled by lovingly restored Victorian Steam Locomotives and standard tickets are valid all day – travel as many times as you like!You can spend the whole day at Launceston and the steam railway – use the train to travel to Newmills and its popular Farm Park, enjoy a tasty lunch or sweet treat in our Café, browse the fascinating exhibits in our Museum, take home a souvenir of your visit from our well-stocked Gift & Book Shop, and explore the historic Cornish town of Launceston with its famous castle.

Railway Preservation in the 1980s and 1990s – April 16th, 1993

Railway Preservation in the 1980s and 1990s  april 16th, 1993

Still more photos from this old publication, including industrial

locos and narrow gauge.

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From STEAM Railway Forum Summer 1974 – Welsh Railways, 1973

From STEAM Railway Forum Summer 1974

Welsh Railways, 1973

I’ve come across another couple of Railway Forums on my bookshelves.

No.6 ‘Douglas’ on the Talyllyn Railway waits to cross with a down train at Brynglas.  Photo:  Rimmer

 

Satisfactory Figures from the Welsh Railways – 1973

All the Welash narrow gauge railways have reported a general satisfactory year for 1973, and on all lines there was an increase in traffic.  The total number of passengers visiting them was 684,132 (1,266,650 passenger journeys).

The Festiniog Railway at Porthmadog has been operating at weekends for most of the winter with special services for the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Most of the railways recommenced passenger operations in April although the Festiniog, Bala Lake and Snowdon Mountain Railways had services scheduled earlier in the year.  But the big question being considered is to what extent the fuel and industrial situation will affect traffic levels in the summer.  One view is that traffic could drop between 10 and 20 per cent, whilst others believe traffic will still increase.

Whatever happens the Welsh narrow gauge railways will still provide their usual friendly service for the visitor and holidaymaker in north and mid-Wales.

Llanberis Lake Railway locomotive No.3 ‘Dolbadarn’ waits at Cei Llydan with a train for Llanberis.  Photo:  P.G.Wright

The Welshpool and Llanfair Railway’s unique Austrian train crossing Banwy Bridge.  Photo:  A.E.Thorndike

A few photos of the Festiniog Railway from Steve Organ’s Collection

A few photos of the Festiniog Railway

From Steve Organ’s Collection

Just these four have come to light so far – many more photos to go through!

 

 

 

More from Neil Clarke’s Collection – Kirklees Light Railway

More from Neil Clarke’s Collection

Kirklees Light Railway

Another railway visited and photographed by Neil Clarke.

Photos taken around the 1990s/2000s

A Memorable Family Day Out!

Enjoy a ride behind Hawk, Owl, Fox, Badger, Katie or Jay, our friendly little engines here at the Kirklees Light Railway – the home of Yorkshire’s Great Little Steam Trains!

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Climb aboard at Clayton West for a scenic journey along our 15-inch narrow-gauge railway, through the beautiful South Pennine foothills to our Shelley terminus where you can enjoy panoramic views.

Visit Shelley Station Tea Room for a selection of light refreshments. Meanwhile, the children can play on the outdoor play area and sand pit and, on a summers day, enjoy our large picnic area.

At Clayton West, browse the extensive gift shop, stop for a bite to eat in the Buffer Stop Cafe and the children can let off some steam in the outdoor play area. A quick whizz around the duck pond on the Clayton Flyer miniature railway is also on the cards!

We have a full programme of special events throughout the year; take a look through our website and see what’s happening soon at the Kirklees Light Railway!

http://www.kirkleeslightrailway.com/

Tel: 01484 865727
Email: info@kirkleeslightrailway.com

Latest News

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

The railway is now closed to passengers until Saturday 10 February 2018, allowing time to maintain & service the track, facilities and engines.  Office staff will be back at their desks ready to answer your queries and take bookings from Tuesday 2 January.

See you in February!