This is a list of heritage, private and preserved railways in the United Kingdom and the Channel Islands that are privately owned, kept or preserved, built, constructed and run for railway heritage and/or profit, not necessarily providing a meaningful public transportation service. For rail museums, see List of British railway museums.

Many of the standard-gauge railways (thus including former ex-branch lines and former ex-mainline routes) listed were originally closed by British Railways (later shortened to British Rail) under the Beeching Cuts in the 1960s, although lines closed in subsequent decades have also been subject to restoration and operation as private or preserved heritage lines. A smaller number of lines were formerly industrial or colliery railways.

Many of these preserved railways, heritage lines and railway centres alike are popular tourist attractions and make significant contributions to their local economies.


Standard gaugeEdit


GWR Earl of Berkeley at Horsted Keynes Station, Bluebell Railway

Mid-Suffolk Light Railway

Mixed train on the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway

Goathland station

Goathland station on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway


Arley station on the Severn Valley Railway

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A general view of the Swanage Railway

Steam locomotive (number 80136) with carriages at station platform.

Bishops Lydeard station on the West Somerset Railway

Railway centres and museums Edit

Didcot Railway Centre

The engine sheds at Didcot Railway Centre

Narrow gauge Edit


Restored Victorian coach at the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway

Ravenglass Eskdale Rly 1981

The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway in 1981

Romney Hythe and Dmychurch trains at Dymchurch

Trains on the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway

Volks Electric Railway, Brighton

The Volks Electric Railway

Miniature railwaysEdit

Beer Heights Light Railway

The Beer Heights Light Railway

Walsingham Station

The Wells and Walsingham Light Railway

Scarborough North Bay Railway - 2006-08-03

The North Bay Railway


Dudley Tram No. 5 at Black Country Museum 1990

Dudley tram No. 5 of 1920 at Black Country Museum

Old fashioned tram 700

A 1931 Leeds tram seen at Crich Tramway Village in 2004

Tramway operation in Britain ceased almost entirely in the 1950s. Once Glasgow had disposed of its lines, the sole survivor was the Blackpool Corporation Tramways, although considerably reduced in size. In the late 20th century there was a tramway revival, notably in Manchester, Nottingham, Sheffield, the West Midlands and Croydon.

In addition, preserved trams operate at:

Proposed Edit

Northern IrelandEdit

Standard gauge Edit

Narrow gauge Edit

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See List of heritage railways in Northern Ireland.


Standard gaugeEdit

Railway CentresEdit

Narrow gaugeEdit

Craignure Station

Craignure station on the 10+14 in (260 mm) gauge Isle of Mull railway

Miniature railwaysEdit


Proposed Edit

Wales Edit

Standard gaugeEdit

Narrow gaugeEdit


The Llanberis Lake Railway

Snowdon Mountain Railway steep descent

The Snowdon Mountain Railway

WHR Garratt in the countryside

The Welsh Highland Railway

Miniature railwaysEdit


Proposed Edit

Isle of ManEdit

See List of heritage railways in the Isle of Man.

Channel IslandsEdit



See alsoEdit

References Edit

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