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From the earliest steam trains to today’s electric carriages, Britain’s railway has formed a huge part of our culture. With over 150 heritage railways across the nation, it’s no surprise that Britain is steaming ahead with exciting train experiences for you to get stuck into. Whether its firing up a steam train for yourself, or dining out in style with iconic scenery aboard the restored 1920s Belmond British Pullman, you’ll find the national full of experiences to get you out onto the tracks. 

Connecting thriving cities, picturesque villages and some of the country’s most striking and inaccessible autumn and winter scenery, a journey across British rails will leave you in the midst of adventure. Jumping on a train is a sustainable and exciting way to visit the breadth of Britain, so what are you waiting for? There’s never been a better time to hop-onboard, as we give you the low-down of Britain’s iconic railway.

Enjoy a Great British train journey

Britain’s most iconic train journeys

Cross the Glenfinnan Viaduct on the Hogwart’s Express.

A steam train on the Glenfinnan viaduct, a historic viaduct crossing over the valley at Glenfinnan.

Enjoy a relaxing journey up Mount Snowdon.

Snowdon Mountain Railway, the final ridge with clouds in the background

Venture from London to Cornwall overnight.

GWR train journey

Travel in comfort from London to Scotland overnight.

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Mix luxury and adventure on travels across Britain.

On board staff serving coffee on the Pullman Dining Train.

Experience the Cotswolds aboard a heritage steam railway.

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway

Experience the thrill of driving a train for yourself

Go full steam ahead on the Great Central Railway, driving a steam or diesel train.

Fire up the engines with GCR
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Great Central Railway

Fire up a steam engine, or drive a diesel locomotive along South Devon Railway.

Full steam ahead along the South Devon Railway
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South Devon Railway
Ecclesbourne Valley Railway
Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

It’s full steam ahead at one of Britain’s oldest heritage steam railways.

Fire up the engine at Foxfield Railway
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North Staffordshire Railway - Foxfield Railway

Drive a diesel or pick up the pace in the steam train at Avon Valley Railway.

Discover a heritage railway at Avon Valley Railway
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Avon Valley Railway
Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway

Get behind a steam engine at the world’s first preserved railway.

Go full steam ahead at Talyllyn Railway
Train on Talyllyn Railway
Talyllyn Railway

Go full steam ahead on the Great Central Railway, driving a steam or diesel train.

Fire up the engines with GCR
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Great Central Railway

Fire up a steam engine, or drive a diesel locomotive along South Devon Railway.

Full steam ahead along the South Devon Railway
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South Devon Railway
Ecclesbourne Valley Railway
Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

It’s full steam ahead at one of Britain’s oldest heritage steam railways.

Fire up the engine at Foxfield Railway
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North Staffordshire Railway - Foxfield Railway

Drive a diesel or pick up the pace in the steam train at Avon Valley Railway.

Discover a heritage railway at Avon Valley Railway
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Avon Valley Railway
Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway

Get behind a steam engine at the world’s first preserved railway.

Go full steam ahead at Talyllyn Railway
Train on Talyllyn Railway
Talyllyn Railway