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Top 10 steam train experiences

Relive a golden age

Britain is home of the steam railway and boasts over 200 years of locomotive travel. Jump aboard and experience the chug of the engine and piercing shriek of the whistle for yourself.

An enchanting steam train outing will delight the whole family, and with loads of other attractions thrown in, you’re guaranteed a fun-filled day to remember.

Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Ride a splendid Victorian or Edwardian locomotive and get a unique insight into British transport history while taking in the most stunning scenery. 
Web: Isle of Wight railway

Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway

Join the kids on a scenic miniature steam train journey around Southbourne Lake and enjoy a fascinating environmental excursion examining local wildlife.
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Sittingbourne Steam Railway, Kent

This historic railway in Kent features the longest narrow-gauge viaduct in the country with the original locomotives and rolling stock.
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The Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway, Yorkshire

Take a charming five-mile journey through the Yorkshire Dales and don’t miss special events like Thomas the Tank Engine days out.
Web: Embsay railway

Lappa Valley Steam Railway, Cornwall

A two-mile steam train journey, leisure park, paddle-boats, canoes, two miniature railways, crazy golf and maze. All this plus the stunning Cornish countryside.
Web: Lappa Valley railway

Bressingham Steam Experience and Gardens, Norfolk

Norfolk’s full ‘steam experience’ with narrow-gauge railway rides, Victorian steam roundabout, locomotive sheds, engine displays, traction engines and gardens. 
Web: Bressingham Steam Experience

Isle of Man Steam Railway

With steam locomotives dating back to 1873, you can travel back in time while you travel through the island's most picturesque countryside. 
Web: Isle of Man railway

Eastleigh Lakeside Steam Railway, Southampton

An adorable steam-hauled miniature passenger railway near Southampton with 2 stations and stop offs at picnic sites, lakes and a children's play area.
Web: Eastleigh railway

Watercress Line, Hampshire

Running 10 miles from Alresford to Alton the gorgeous Watercress Line was once used to transport locally grown watercress to markets in London. Today you can chug along its length and take in charming heritage stations and enjoy special events.
Web: Watercress railway

Ffestiniogg Railway, Snowdonia

This Welsh railway winds its way past some of Snowdonia’s most inspiring scenery. A must for fans of heritage railways and North Wales’ spectacular, mountainous landscape.
Web: Ffestiniogg railway


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