The Railways

Public railways in the UK

We welcome information on all railways from 8″ to 12 1/2″ gauge, especially any not listed below. Please get in touch with additions and amendments.

It is well worth visiting the public railways listed; each has a different feel and often serve very different purposes. You can use the search box above the table to find a particular railway and you can click on each column title to list the railways in the manner that best suits you.

There are additional private railways that have open days, usually to raise funds for a charity, and details of such open days will appear on this site in the News section when we receive details.

LineLocationLengthDescriptionWebsite
Audley End Miniature RailwayAudley End Road
Saffron Walden, Essex,
CB11 4JB
One mile10 1/4" Located adjacent to stately homeaudley-end-railway.co.uk
Beale Park RailwayBeale Park,
Pangbourne, Berkshire
RG8 9NH
1,100 yards10 1/4" Located within a zoo / park.www.bealepark.co.uk
Bickington Steam RailwayTrago Mills Shopping & Leisure Centre, Liverton, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ12 6J1 1/4 miles10 1/4" Located at shopping centre villagewww.trago.co.uk
Bressingham Steam RailwayBressingham Steam Experience,
Thetford Road,
Bressingham, Norfolk
IP22 2AB
680 yardsRailway museum with 10 1/4", 15", 24", 4' 8.1/2"
Website
Buxton Miniature Railway

Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, Derbyshire320 yards12¼” Park railway www.paviliongardens.co.uk
Chichester & District SMEBognor Road,
Chichester. West Sussex
245 yardsModel engineers mixed gauge 10 1/4" and 7 1/4" plus 5", 3 1/2" cdsme.co.uk
Craigiemains Garden Centre RailwayCraigiemains Garden Centre, Ballantrae, South Ayrshire, Scotland300 yards10 1/4" Garden centre railwaywww.craigiemainshomeandgardencentre.com
Delamont Miniature RailwayDelamont Country Park, Mullagh, Killyleagh, County Down, N.Ireland1,000 yards10 1/4" Country Park Railwaywww.newrymournedown.org/areas-of-outstanding-natural-beauty
Downs Light RailwayColwall, Malvern, Herefordshire3/4 mile9 1/2" School Railway with occasional open daywww.dlrtrust.btck.co.uk

Eastleigh Lakeside RailwayLakeside Country Park,
Wide Lane,
Eastleigh, Hampshire
SO50 5PE
1 1/2 milesPark railway, mixed gauge 10 1/4" and 7 1/4"steamtrain.co.uk
Exbury Garden Steam RailwayExbury Gardens, Exbury
Southampton. Hampshire
SO45 1AZ
1 1/4 miles12 1/4" Means of transport around gardensWebsite
Fairbourne RailwayBeach Road,
Fairbourne, Gwynedd, Wales
LL38 2EX
1 3/4 miles12 1/4" Extensive seaside railwayfairbournerailway.com
Faversham Miniature RailwayBrogdale Farm
Brogdale Road
Faversham, Kent
ME13 8XZ
900 yards9" Unique garden railwayfavershamminiaturerailway.co.uk
Ferry Meadows RailwayNene Park, Ham Lane
Peterborough. Cambridgeshire
PE2 5UU
700 yards10 1/4" Means of transport / Added Attractionferrymeadowsrailway.co.uk
Four Kingdoms Adventure ParkHeadley, Newbury, Hampshire450 yards10 1/4" Located within a theme parkwww.4-kingdoms.co.uk
Garw Valley Miniature RailwayPontycymer, Bridgend, Wales100 yards10 1/4"www.garwvalleyrailway.co.uk
Gypsy Wood RailwayBontnewydd, Caernarfon, Wales350 yards10 1/4" Theme park railwaywww.garwvalleyrailway.co.uk
Hall Leys Miniature RailwayHall Leys Park
Crown Square
Matlock, Derbyshire
DE4 3AT
200 yards9 1/2" www.matlockboatsandtrain.co.uk
Happy Mount ExpressHappy Mount Park,
Marine Road East,
Morecombe, Lancashire
LA4 5AQ
200 yards10 1/4" Park railwayhappymountpark.co.uk
Hastings Miniature RailwayRock a Nore Road,
Hastings, East Sussex
TN34 3DW
600 yards10 1/4" Seaside railway hastingsminiaturerailway.co.uk
Highland Light RailwayMill of Logierait, Ballinluig, Pitlochry, Perth & Kinross, Scotland1,000 yards10 1/4"www.railwayfarm.co.uk
Hotham Park RailwayHotham Park,
Bognor Regis, West Sussex,
PO21 1HN
900 yards12 1/4" Park railwayhothamparkrailway.co.uk
Ingfield Light RailwayIngfield Manor School, Five Oaks, Billingshurst, West Sussex700 yards10 1/4" School railway – advertised open dayswww.ingfieldlightrailway.co.uk

Kerr's Miniature RailwayWest Links Park,
Arbroath,
Angus, Scotland
350 yards10 1/4" Seaside Attractionkerrsminiaturerailway.co.uk
Kirkby Green Miniature RailwayScopwick, Metheringham,
Lincolnshire
1,600 yards10 1/4" Private railway with advertised open dayswatermillfarm.net/KGLR
Lakeshore RailroadSouth Marine Park,
South Shields, Tyne & Wear
NE33 2PE
555 yards9 1/2" Park railwaywww.lakeshorerailroad.co.uk
Lappa Valley Railway (Newlyn Branch Line)Lappa Valley Steam Railway
Newlyn East,
Newquay, Cornwall
TR8 5LX
700 yards10 1/4" Website
Leek & Rudyard RailwayRudyard Station
Rudyard Road, Rudyard
Nr Leek, Staffordshire
ST13 8PF
1 1/4 miles10 1/4" within country parkwww.leekandrudyardrailway.com
Littlehampton Miniature RailwayMewsbrook Park,
Littlehampton Sussex
BN16 2NB
800 yards12 1/4" Seaside railwaywww.littlehamptonrailway.co.uk
Melton Mowbray Miniature RailwayWilton Park,
Leicester Road,
Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire
LE13 0DA
480 yardsPark railwayWebsite
Mid Hants Miniature RailwayThe Mid Hants Railway,
Station Road, Ropley
Hampshire
SO24 0BL
370 yards10 1/4" Field railway alongside 4' 8 1/2" Watercress Linewatercressline.co.uk
Newby Hall Miniature RailwayNewby Hall
Ripon, North Yorkshire,
HG4 5AE
1,000 yardsPark railwaynewbyhallandgardens.com
Paignton Zoo, Jungle ExpressPaignton Zoo
Totnes Road
Paignton, Devon
TQ4 7EU
520 yards10 1/4" Zoo railwayWebsite
Pavenham Miniature RailwayBartlemas Farm, Pavenham, Bedfordshire

200 yards9 1/2" Private garden railway open for annual ‘Open Garden’ event only
Pettitts Animal Park Miniature RailwayPettitts Animal Adventure Park,
Church Road,
Reedham, Norfolk,
NR13 3UA
480 yards10 1 /4" Zoo railwaypettittsadventurepark.co.uk
Poole Park Miniature RailwayPoole Park, Parkstone Road,
Poole, Dorset
BH15 2SF
660 yards10 1/4" Country park railwaypooleparktrailway.org
Puxton Park RailwayHewish, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset400 yards10 1/4" Theme park railwaywww.puxton.co.uk
Queens Park Miniature RailwayBoythorpe Road,
Chesterfield, Derbyshire
S40 2ND
530 yards10 1/4" Park railwaywww.chesterfield.gov.uk
Rex ExpressParadise Wildlife Park, Broxbourne, Hertfordshire300 yards10 1/4" Zoo railwaywww.pwpark.com
Rio Grande RailwayLodmoor Country Park,
Weymouth, Dorset
DT4 7SX
550 yards10 1/4" Country park railwaywww.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/countryside-coast-parks/country-parks-and-visitor-centres/lodmoor-country-park-facilities-and-features.aspx
Royal Victoria RailwayRoyal Victoria Country Park, Netley, Southampton.
Hampshire
SO31 5GA
1,000 yards10 1/4" Country park railwayroyalvictoriarailway.co.uk
Ruislip Lido RailwayReservoir Road,
Ruislip, Hillingdon,
HA4 7TY
1 1/4 miles12" Country park railwayruisliplidorailway.org
Shibden Hall Miniature RailwayShibden Park,
Listers Road,
Halifax, Calderdale, Yorkshire
HX3 6XG
750 yards10 1/4" Park railwaywww.calderdale.gov.uk
South Downs Light RailwayPulborough Garden Centre, Stopham Road,
Pulborough, West Sussex,
RH20 1DS
1,100 yards10 1/4" Garden centre railwaywww.south-downs-railway.com
St Annes Miniature RailwaySt Annes, Lancashire680 yards10 1/4" Seafront railwaywww.stannesminiaturerailway.co.uk
Stapleford Miniature RailwayStapleford Park,
nr Melton Mowbray Leicestershire
LE14 2SF
1 1/4" miles10 1/4" Private estate railway with advertised open daysfsmr.org.uk
Sutton Hall RailwayTabors Farm, Sutton Hall, Shopland Road, Sutton, Rochford, Essex, SS4 1Lq800 yards10 1 /4" Private farm railway with open days
Vanstone Miniature RailwayVanstone Park Garden Centre, Hitchin Road,
Codicote, Herts,
SG4 8TH
560 yards10 1/4" Garden centre railwayvanstonerailway.co.uk
Watford Miniature RailwayCassiobury Park,
Watford, Hertfordshire
WD18 7LG
600 yards10 1/4" Country park railwaywww.minirail.co.uk
Wat Tyler Miniature RailwayWat Tyler Country Park, Pitsea Hall Lane,
Pitsea, Basildon, Essex
SS16 4UH
One mile10 1/4" Country park railwaywww.wattylercountrypark.org.uk/mini-rail
Wellington Country Park RailwayWellington Country Park, Riseley, Hampshire500 yards12 1/4" Country park railwaywww.wellington-country-park.co.uk
Wells & Walsingham Light RailwayWells Next-the-Sea, Norfolk NR23 1QBFour miles10 1/4" Built on former standard gauge trackbedwellswalsinghamrailway.co.uk
Wells Harbour RailwayPinewoods, Beach Road, Wells-next-the-sea, Norfolk NR23 1DR1,200 yards10 1/4" Seafront railwayWebsite