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East of England FAMOUS STEAM TRAIN

FORT WILLIAM TO MALLAIG

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“The World’s Greatest Railway Journey” Voted By Wanderlust Magazine Mon 11th May - Fri 23rd October 2015 Morning and afternoon trips. And weekends in Summer months

Line used in filming the Harry Potter movies. The Jacobite has been voted Greatest Railway Journey in the world for the second year running. This is due mainly to the breathtaking scenery that is only enhanced by the majesty and nostalgia of steam travel. The 84 mile round trip will take you past Britain’s highest mountain, deepest loch, shortest river and most westerly station. During the 42-mile journey to Mallaig you will first pass Ben Nevis and then climb into majestic mountains surrounding Glenfinnan. Finally, you will drop down to the sea’s edge and view the inner Hebridean islands, often shimmering like jewels on the horizon. From the comfort of your seat, witness the beauty of the semi-wilderness of Lochaber and beyond. There really is no better way to enjoy the beauty and history of the West Highlands.

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From York, Normanton, Wakefield, Leeds, Shipley, Keighley & Skipton

Tues 5th May - Thurs 27th August 2015 Not far behind the Jacobite in terms of spectacular journeys by rail, The Dalesman takes in a route from Settle to Carlisle, in the Yorkshire Dales. This 73 mile journey allows you to embrace the very best of beautiful Yorkshire and Wensleydale with sights of all three peaks, the Ribblehead viaduct, the Eden Valley with its meandering streams and waterfalls.

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From Normanton, Wakefield, Woodlesford, Castleford & York 3 DAYS ONLY 27th - 29th October 2015 Travel by steam in traditional carriages across Yorkshire’s beautiful countryside. From York to Scarborough direct or take a circular route from York travelling via Normanton, Wakefield, Woodlesford (Leeds) and Castleford. Alternatively, travel from Normanton, Wakefield, Woodlesford (Leeds) or Castleford to York or Scarborough.

Return: Adult Std £25*, First £40, Children Travel Free! †

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FOREWORD - JENNY NUNN, HRA DIRECTOR........................................................................................5 DAVID WOODHOUSE MBE, HRA TRAVEL TRADE LIAISON...................................................................7 PAUL BEAUMONT, GREATDAYS TRAVEL GROUP: A TOUR OPERATOR’S PERSPECTIVE.................9 DAVE FELSTEAD, RAILTRAIL TOURS LTD: A TOUR OPERATOR’S PERSPECTIVE............................11 NATIONAL CODE OF PRACTICE FOR VISITOR ATTRACTIONS.........................................................13 COLOUR-CODED MAP OF REGIONS.......................................................................................................14 INDEX OF HERITAGE RAILWAYS, TRAMWAYS, MUSEUMS & STEAM CENTRES........................................................................................................................................15 REGIONAL APPENDIX OF HERITAGE RAILWAYS...........................................................................16 – 73 INDEX OF ADVERTISERS...........................................................................................................................74 Photo Credits: Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre, Avon Valley Railway, Babbacombe Railway, Bala Lake Railway, Beamish – The Living Museum of The North, Bluebell Railway, Bodmin & Wenford Railway – Martin Creese; Barry Bateman, Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway, Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Bure Valley Railway, Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway, Churnet Valley Railway, Colne Valley Railway, Cleethorpes Coast Railway, Crich Tramway Village, Dartmouth Steam Railway & River Boat Company, Dean Forest Railway, Derwent Valley - © J.D. Stockwell, Didcot Railway Centre, Downpatrick & County Down Railway, East Anglian Railway Museum, East Lancashire Railway, Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway, Epping Ongar Railway, Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway - © Gavin Clinton, Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways, Foxfield Railway, Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, Great Central Railway - © Steve Taylor, Great Orme Tramway, Groudle Glen Railway, Gwili Railway, Head of Steam - Darlington, Helston Railway, Isle of Man Steam Railway, Isle of Wight Steam Railway – John Faulkner, Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, Keith & Dufftown Railway, Kent & East Sussex Railway – Tony Eaton, Kirklees Light Railway, Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway, Lartigue Monorailway & Museum, Launceston Steam Railway, The Lavender Line, Leighton Buzzard Railway, Llanberis Lake Railway, Llangollen Railway ©David Wilcock, Lynton & Barnstaple Railway, Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway, Manx Electric Railway, The Mid Hants Railway ‘Watercress Line’ – Matt Allen, Midland Railway, Butterley, Mid-Norfolk Railway – Fred Chapman, Mid-Suffolk Light Railway Museum, National Railway Museum, Nene Valley Railway, North Norfolk Railway – Poppy Line, North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Peak Rail, Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway – Alistair Grieve, Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway - Ullswater ‘Steamers’, Ribble Steam Railway, Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway, Seaton Tramway, Severn Valley Railway, Snaefell Mountain Railway, Snowdon Mountain Railway, South Devon Railway ©Sarah Anne Harvey, South Tynedale Railway, Spa Valley Railway, STEAM – Museum of the Great Western Railway, Stephenson Railway Museum, Strathspey Railway, Swanage Railway ©Andrew Wright, Talyllyn Railway, Tanfield Railway, The Torbay Express – Mark Wilkins, The Vale of Rheidol Railway, The Waverley, Wells & Walsingham Light Railway – Ian J Williams, Welsh Highland Railway – Colin Lea, Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway ©Steve Sedgwick, Wensleydale Railway, West Coast Railways – Dick Manton, West Somerset Railway.

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Visit the place where railways were born! Head of Steam offers a unique experience to visitors of all ages, including: • Interactive displays and audio visual equipment • Temporary exhibitions • Themed family event days • Ken Hoole Study Centre

• Educational events and children’s activities • Conference and event facilities • Locomotive No. 1, built by railway pioneer George Stephenson

There really is something for everyone!

Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum, North Road Station, Darlington DL3 6ST Tel: 01325 405060 Email: headofsteam@darlington.gov.uk Website: www.head-of-steam.co.uk

Great Days Out for Groups!

STEAM TRAINS IN CORNWALL

Discover the excitement and nostalgia of steam travel with a journey back in time on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway Cornwall’s Premier Steam Railway

01208 73555

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FOREWORD There’s a great sense of anticipation and sheer excitement much like embarking on a grand ocean liner when stepping aboard one of our trains, or venturing through the door at one of our thoroughly absorbing steam centres, tramways or cliff railways, and it’s unlike any other day out you or your group will ever have experienced. Our attractions are to be found across the whole of the UK and Ireland and showcase the best of our historic, and sometimes quirky but always fascinating, railway heritage. It may not be a surprise to learn that the UK has more heritage railways per square mile than anywhere else in the world and has a long and proud history going back 200 years to the days of Stephenson’s “Rocket”. The romantic setting of many of the idyllic railway stations set the scene for your Brief Encounter with a time long past. Imagine you’re Celia Johnson or Trevor Howard for an afternoon, taking tea over whispered moments in the station buffet. Once aboard, it’ll take less than 39 Steps to escape into a world of Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchcock often evoking a world of glamour, murder and mystery - the Lady Vanishes on the platform as you depart and you can be forgiven if you think you hear the soft Gallic lilt of a small Belgian detective beside you. Unstoppable, action-packed scenery will pass by outside your window, some of the finest views in the whole of the UK, reeled before your very eyes. During your visit, our attractions can provide your group with a variety of dining packages to suit all tastes from a Railway Children’s picnic, a three-course dinner in the opulent setting of a 1930’s carriage to the buffet at the End of the Line where you may even locate Platform 9¾! What day out could bring you such a wealth of living, breathing movie magic? Some of our railway attractions are open year round (and most are open Easter to end of October each year) and are also well known for their themed days out especially at Easter, Halloween and Christmas. If you’re looking for something different, why not get your group to sample the “Wine & Dine” experience in a magnificent, restored Pullman carriage or a “Footplate Experience” for smaller parties. Further details on confidential tariffs, free places for group organisers and easy access facilities are available directly through the railway attractions featured here as well as multi-centre & local packages on offer for that perfect day out. Please contact us if you have any questions, we’d be delighted to hear from you but most of all be assured we’ll welcome your group and treat them to a unique day out they’ll never forget. Jenny Nunn HRA Director, Business Development

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TRAVEL TRADE LIAISON For two of the famous Welsh Narrow Gauge Railways, this year will be a very special year with good reasons for arranging a group visit to one or both of these lines – both of which are within the Snowdonia National Park. Firstly, the Ffestiniog Railway (Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog) will be celebrating the commencement of passenger train services running from its station 150 years ago. Further south the Talyllyn Railway (Tywyn to Nant Gwernol) will be celebrating the fact that it was 150 years ago that an Act of Parliament authorised construction of the line with passenger services operating from the start. These are just two of the many good reasons for a visit to one of the heritage railways, tramways, museums and steam centres listed in the Guide. A visit to a heritage railway not only provides for a nostalgic ride on a steam hauled train through wonderful or interesting scenery but it also provides the opportunity to sample excellent refreshment facilities – in some cases on train but otherwise at stations. Small groups of disabled visitors can also be accommodated in specially adapted coaches. The listed tramways, cliff railways, steam centres and railway museums all provide similar visitor facilities and can provide for an interesting and enjoyable visit. Whilst all of the venues listed very much welcome group and coach bookings it is important to note that, in order to obtain reduced rates and reserved compartments or seats on trains advance booking is strongly recommended in order to ensure the best possible service. This is especially important at busy times or if a meal service is to be considered. Some railways can offer a group package with an associated or nearby attraction or a restaurant. Group organisers and coach drivers are not forgotten with some form of travel or refreshment facility being available. Useful summary information, including contact details, is included in the following pages and these also list website information for much more information and images, For something extra special for small groups take a look at the excellent “Wine and Dine” Trains whilst conference facilities are provided at some venues. Contact details for the Heritage Railway Association are provided on the inside back cover of this publication and we look forward to hearing from you.

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SUPERB SCENERY • COMFORTABLE CARRIAGES • ON-TRAIN TOILETS AND BUFFET SERVICE THE FFESTINIOG RAILWAY - starts beside Porthmadog’s harbour and runs 13½ miles through the Snowdonia National Park to Blaenau Ffestiniog, with its famous slate caverns, just a few miles from Betws-y-Coed. This historic line - the world’s oldest independent railway company, with unique steam locomotives - has provided a quality experience to visitors for nearly sixty years. Spooner’s Café/Bar and our gift shops also add to your visit... THE WELSH HIGHLAND RAILWAY - runs ‘coast to coast’ from the historic walled town of Caernarfon to the harbour town of Porthmadog in Cardigan Bay, and provides spectacular views of the magnificent scenery as it

twists and turns through one of the more ‘off the beaten track’ areas of Snowdonia. The trains climb, and then descend, over 650ft around dramatic horseshoe bends as they cross the slopes of Snowdon on a 25-mile journey, via Beddgelert and the magnificent Aberglaslyn Pass. The ever-changing views from the train allow our passengers to see Welsh landscape at its very best... WE OFFER YOU A CHOICE of two distinctive narrow-gauge railways with a wide range of journey options and destinations to suit tour operators and group travel organisers alike. Our experienced staff are very happy to supply further information, advice and help with itinerary suggestions.

FFESTINIOG & WELSH HIGHLAND RAILWAYS, HARBOUR STATION, PORTHMADOG, LL49 9NF groups@ffwhr.com 01766 516024 www.festrail.co.uk

OPEN AIR STEAM ADVENTURE Step back in time on The Railway Children’s Railway in the heart of Brontë Country, a perfect day out for all the family! Enjoy a snapshot of the railway’s glory days. Steam and diesel trains run throughout the year and daily in summer and school holidays.

www.kwvr.co.uk Find us at Haworth Station, Keighley, West Yorkshire BD22 8NJ

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Coach tours and heritage train excursions are the perfect fit for any touring holiday. Britain offers the widest choice of heritage rail trips in Europe. Many of our clients have great affection for heritage train journeys and for very little cost we can include and create this unique experience in a short break holiday package. I remember someone once told me to create the best tours simple add the following ingredients, (a) steam train journey, (b) a boat cruise and (c) a garden visit, then you will have a top selling trip. So from this bit of very useful advice, some of our most popular short breaks have always included a heritage train journey and boat excursion. One of our longest running and most popular tours has been the Little Trains and Boats of Norfolk and has been in our programme for over twenty years. I remember creating this tour myself following on from the popular Great Little Trains of Wales tour. Many of our clients had already experienced the Welsh tour and were now asking for something new. We had great prices and plenty of hotel availability in Norwich, so we started thinking about how best to entice more clients to the Norfolk area. We contacted a Norfolk Broads cruising company in Wroxham who also had a combined ticket with the Bure Valley Railway, which seemed a great combination. The Welsh trip had included two train journeys, so we approached the North Norfolk Railway, (The Poppy Line) for the second day excursion which we combined with a visit to the seaside crab town of Cromer and our new tour was born. Our UK programme now includes over fifteen different tours with a heritage train journey highlight. Some of our top selling programmes have been the Great Little Trains of Wales, The Torbay Express and Bath, Ironbridge and the Severn Valley, Lakeland Trains and Boats. Our Great Train Journeys of Scotland tour is a magical five day experience with some top train journeys, including the famous route from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh, The Strathspey Steam railway and the iconic Jacobite Steam Train, featured in the Harry Potter movies, as it travels over the impressive 21 arch Glenfinnan Viaduct. For a fun and unusual journey, we recommend viewing the Blackpool Illuminations aboard a heritage illuminated tram. Guests stay one night at the four star Hilton hotel, after the main course at dinner, a tram is waiting outside the hotel at a private stop, and guests experience the Illuminations before returning to the hotel for dessert and a night cap. Last year, we created a new tour, Little Trains and Boats of Ireland, featuring journeys on the recently restored West Clare Railway, the unusual Latigue Monorail and the Waterford and Suir Valley Railway. This coupled with the Foynes Flying Boat Museum and Dunbrody Famine Ship has been a winning formula for a great five day Irish jaunt. Recently, we entertained a special interest American group from the Pennsylvania Railroad Museum who came to England’s North Country on an eight day heritage rail tour. They were particularly impressed how welcoming the venues were, in particular the groups enjoyed going backstage in the workshops and engine sheds where many restoration projects were underway as these areas are not normally open to the public. Nowhere in America offers the variety and passion that the UK can for heritage train enthusiasts. This group are now planning to travel to Scotland for their 2016 trip. Perhaps in Great Britain we are lucky to be never more than an hour from a heritage train station and finding a perfect day trip or tour for your next group holiday is simple. Paul Beaumont Executive Director Greatdays Travel Group www.greatdays.co.uk

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“Training beats Coaching” is a slogan I once read at Glasgow Queen Street station. My company, Railtrail Tours, works with many great coach operators to make fabulous holidays, both in the UK and abroad, and although coaches bring flexibility in some destinations, for me nothing can beat train travel as the speedier, more comfortable, more scenic and more sociable way to travel on your holiday. When I started my first job, an apprenticeship at Stoke railway station in the 1960s, I couldn’t have imagined what lay in store. Those were the final days of steam travel, an outmoded fashion that was never supposed to return. Yet, the passion and dedication of steam enthusiasts have preserved a vital part of our heritage, one of my own personal joys and made a marvellously informative publication like this possible. My career took me into another industry and it wasn’t until I saw Michael Palin’s “Great Railway Journeys of the World” across the Highlands from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh in 1980 that I fell under the spell. I travelled the line and gazed at the beautifully splendid isolation of the mountain landscapes, with the Isle of Skye as the pot of gold at journey’s end. The journey was, and still is, truly magical. It wasn’t long before I returned with my first group to stay at the Palace Hotel in Inverness. Incredibly, 35 years later, the very same tour to the very same hotel remains one of our most popular holidays. 2015 sees Railtrail’s 35th anniversary. In the last 35 years Railtrail has developed from my passion and hobby into a thriving family business employing a dedicated team based in Leek, plus an equally dedicated small team of expert Tour Managers to escort you on your holiday. My colleague Rob Carroll and I have between us over 50 years of experience in designing holidays and our loyal band of Tour Managers has a depth of knowledge of their destinations rarely found elsewhere. For our UK holidays we can offer an inclusive fare in First or Standard Class from any of almost 2,500 departure points – that’s every mainline UK railway station! Or if you are a group wishing to travel together, you would be met at your local station by a Tour Manager and escorted throughout your tour until your return home. Your holiday starts the moment you take a seat, relax, watch the scenery and share experiences with your fellow travellers. The comfort of train travel is a great advantage, but so too is speed. The Scottish Highlands are two days by coach from some parts of the UK, but are easily reachable by train. It’s breakfast at home in Penzance, a light lunch on the train, then dinner with Railtrail in Inverness! Or for our Continental tours, maybe breakfast at London St Pancras, lunch on the train and dinner with Railtrail on the French Riviera or in the Swiss Alps! Many of our holidays feature steam and heritage railway nostalgia during their varied excursion programmes. For steam enthusiasts, however, we go a step further. Each year we produce a programme of special enthusiast holidays, which feature a much greater emphasis on steam travel and heritage, one-off charters and unique experiences, both in the UK and continental Europe. We also offer a programme of ‘Steam, Rail & Ale Trails’ for travellers wishing to combine the thrills, spills, sights and smells of a day at a steam gala with visits to the best local breweries. Including a taste of the ale, of course; that’s another passion of mine! Whether your group would like to book one of our Classic UK or Classic European tours, a steam enthusiast special or even your own bespoke group rail holiday experience, hop on the train and let Railtrail take the strain. We would love to organise your next group holiday. Dave Felstead Founder & Managing Director Railtrail Tours Ltd www.railtrail.co.uk

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OUR PROMISE TO YOU

(National Code of Practice for Visitor Attractions)

The owner and management have undertaken: 1.

To provide in promotional materials, an accurate description of the amenities, facilities and services of the Attraction.

2.

To indicate on all such promotional materials any requirements for pre-booking, and any significant restrictions on entry.

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To make available an Access Statement, describing the accessibility aspects of a visit to the Attraction, and to respect the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act by making suitable provision, where reasonable and practicable, for people with disabilities and/or those with special needs.

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To describe accurately and display clearly :

b) Dates and hours of operation, both opening and closing.

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To provide in promotional materials for visitor enquiries, a postal address, a telephone number (and where it exists, a website address) from which the detailed information specified in 1, 2, 3 and 4 can be obtained.

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To provide signage and orientation information as appropriate to the Attraction, to assist visitors in understanding and enjoying the Attraction.

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To consider the needs of visitors for whom English is not their first language and, as appropriate to the Attraction, to make arrangements that enable them to be adequately informed to enjoy their visit.

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To manage the Attraction in such a way as to ensure visitor safety, comfort and service, by sustaining a high standard of maintenance, customer care, courtesy and cleanliness.

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To ensure that all staff who meet visitors can provide information and guidance about the Attraction, and are readily distinguishable as staff, whether employees or volunteers.

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To have regard to the need to manage and operate the Attraction in a sustainable way.

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To provide, as appropriate to the nature, scale and location of the Attraction, coach, car, motor-cycle and bicycle parking, adequate toilets, and catering facilities. If any of these requirements cannot be made available on site, to provide information at appropriate points on where they can be found locally.

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To hold a current public liability insurance policy or comparable Government indemnity, and to comply with all applicable planning, health, safety, fire and other statutory requirements and regulations.

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To deal promptly and courteously with all enquiries, requests, reservations, correspondence and comments from visitors, and try to resolve any complaints on site at the time of the visit.

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To provide a facility on site for comments to be recorded and to advise clearly the name and contact details (address, telephone and e-mail) of the person to whom comments by visitors should be addressed.

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To display prominently this National Code of Practice.

a) Any charges for entry (including service charges and taxes where applicable), and any additional charges for individual attractions or special exhibitions.

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In the event of any disruption to advertised train or tram services, each member will:

a) keep both passengers and prospective passengers as fully advised of the situation as circumstances permit, b) help to arrange alternative transport and facilities whenever necessary and practicable.

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HERITAGE RAILWAYS, TRAMWAYS, MUSEUMS & STEAM CENTRES Epping Ongar Railway Mid Hants Railway ‘Watercress Line’

Kirklees Light Railway

Swanage Railway

National Railway Museum

East Anglian Railway Museum

SOUTH EAST .......................... 38-42

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

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Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre

Mid-Norfolk Railway

The Bluebell Railway

Mid-Suffolk Light Railway Museum

Kent & East Sussex Railway

North Norfolk Railway (The Poppy Line)

The Lavender Line

THE ISLE OF MAN.................. 60-61

Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway

Groudle Glen Railway

EAST OF ENGLAND................ 16-20 Bure Valley Railway Colne Valley Railway

Wells & Walsingham Light Railway THE MIDLANDS...................... 21-28

Spa Valley Railway

‘Locomotion’ - NRM Shildon

Stephenson Railway Museum Tanfield Railway Wensleydale Railway

Isle of Man Steam Railway Manx Electric Railway

Churnet Valley Railway

SOUTH WEST.......................... 43-51

Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway

Avon Valley Railway

Crich Tramway Village

Babbacombe Cliff Railway

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

Bodmin & Wenford Railway

Foxfield Railway Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway

Dartmouth Steam Railway & River Boat Company

Great Central Railway

Dean Forest Railway

Gwili Steam Railway

Midland Railway, Butterley

Helston Railway

Llanberis Lake Railway

Nene Valley Railway

Launceston Steam Railway

Llangollen Railway

Peak Rail

Lynton & Barnstaple Railway

Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway

Severn Valley Railway

Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway

Snowdon Mountain Railway

Seaton Tramway

Talyllyn Railway

South Devon Railway

Vale of Rheidol Railway Welsh Highland Railway

Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway

STEAM – Museum of the Great Western Railway

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

The Torbay Express

Ribble Steam Railway

West Somerset Railway

NORTH WEST......................... 29-31 East Lancashire Railway

South Tynedale Railway SOUTH OF ENGLAND............ 32-37

YORKSHIRE & NORTH EAST.......................... 52-59

Snaefell Mountain Railway WALES...................................... 62-69 Bala Lake Railway Ffestiniog Railway Great Orme Tramway

Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway SCOTLAND.............................. 70-72 Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway Keith & Dufftown Railway Strathspey Railway

Buckinghamshire Railway Centre

Beamish – The Living Museum of the North

Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway

Derwent Valley Light Railway

West Coast Railways – The Jacobite

Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway

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Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum

Downpatrick & County Down Railway

Leighton Buzzard Railway

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

Lartigue Monorail & Museum

Didcot Railway Centre Exbury Gardens Steam Railway

The Waverley

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East of England Bure Valley Railway

Colne Valley Railway

This is Norfolk’s longest fifteen-inch gauge steam railway and operates between the old market town of Aylsham and the bustling Broads town of Wroxham and is within easy reach of Norwich and the coast. It was built on the track bed of part of the former Great Eastern Railway and the nine mile line runs through the picturesque Bure Valley countryside, following the river Bure through meadowland and ancient pastures, stopping occasionally at small country villages. A foot and cycle path also runs alongside the track, giving the option of walking or cycling in one direction and catching the train back! The purpose built headquarters of the line is situated in Aylsham. The buildings were erected in 1989 to a traditional railway design and house a large gift and model railway shop and café. The Whistlestop Café can seat up to 80 people and can provide everything from a cup of tea to a full meal. A specially priced 2-course group menu is also available. The railway’s workshops are also based at Aylsham and are often open to the public. At Wroxham Station there is a gift shop and a large second-hand book shop run by the Friends of the Bure Valley Railway. The entire railway is on a single level, providing easy access for wheelchair passengers. All trains have special wheelchair accessible coaches which allow wheelchair and able bodied passengers to travel together. All coaches are fully enclosed and upholstered, with heating during the winter months. Trains operate on a daily basis from the beginning of April to the end of October with special events throughout the year and seasonal packages available during November and December. The railway also offers a very popular boat train which gives the opportunity for a journey by steam followed by a cruise on the Norfolk Broads.

Near the Essex/Suffolk border at Castle Hedingham, close to the towns of Braintree, Sudbury and Clare, you will find this pretty railway operating on a section of the old Colne Valley & Halstead Railway trackbed.

Contact name for Group Bookings: Judith Harvey Main periods of operation: Daily 28 March – 1 November 2015 Santa & Mince Pie Specials November & December Coach parking facility: Dedicated free coach parking at both Aylsham & Wroxham Stations Principal Group Rates: Single Train: £7.50 Adults £4.50 Children (5-16), Return Train: £11.00 Adults £6.00 Children (5-16), Single Train & Cruise: £14.00 Adults £10.00 Children (5-16), Return Train & Cruise: £17.00 Adults £11.50 Children (5-16) Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 20 Max: 200 Catering available for Groups: 80-seater café at Aylsham Station open daily and serves a wide range of hot & cold snacks, drinks & full meals. Special 2-course group lunch is available by prior arrangement. Aylsham Station, Norwich Road, Aylsham, Norfolk NR11 6BW Tel: 01263 733858 • Fax: 01263 733814 E: info@bvrw.co.uk W: www.bvrw.co.uk

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Since 1974 it has been manned entirely by volunteers who have moved and re-located buildings including the station from the village of Castle Hedingham and signal boxes from Wrabness and Cressing. With just under a mile of track we offer ‘More Than Just A Train Ride’ with our varied collection of steam and diesel locomotives, carriages and rolling stock including a Travelling Post Office, large ‘00’ gauge model railway and (weather permitting) miniature and garden railways. There is also a woodland walk open May-September. There is an excellent buffet car and well-stocked shop selling souvenirs, books and models. We have disabled access to trains and most parts of the site although the signal box and buffet are not wheelchair accessible at the moment (please check for updates). We can cater for pre-booked groups between March and October, either on an operating day or as a private visit. Catering is available in our buffet carriage which offers home-made food ranging from hot meals to cream teas. Discount rate applies to groups of 15 or more. Complimentary ticket and meal voucher for your coach driver. We also run Pullman Dining Services which can be tailored to your needs and can be either static, steam or diesel hauled. Please contact us for details.

Contact name for Group Bookings: Sally Halls Main periods of operation: March to October Coach parking facility: Yes Principal Group Rates: Contact railway for information Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 15 Catering available for Groups: Max 60 Sidings Buffet (railway carriage hence max no.)

Yeldham Road, Castle Hedingham, Essex CO9 3DZ Tel: 01787 461174 E: info@colnevalleyrailway.co.uk W: www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk

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East of England East Anglian Railway Museum

Epping Ongar Railway

The East Anglian Railway Museum based just outside Colchester, is a working museum dedicated to preserving the history of railways in the East of England. It is based at Chappel Station which is still part of the National Rail system on a local branch line.

We welcome your group aboard a hidden gem of a railway!

The museum is a large open air site with a comprehensive collection of railway architecture including stations and signal boxes, locomotives, carriages, wagons and ephemera. Set in Constable Country adjacent to one of the largest railway viaducts in the East of England, the Victorian buildings tell the story of railways in the Eastern counties from the 1840’s through to the 21st Century and display artefacts about local and regional railway history, and the development of both freight and passenger traffic. Discounts are offered for group visits of 10 or more people. Catering packages and guided tours are available for groups but require advance notice. There are numerous special events throughout the year including popular beer and cider festivals. What else is in the area? There are several attractions around Colchester including Colchester Zoo, Hollytrees Museum and Bourne Mill. You are in the heart of Constable Country here so a tour round is also a good idea.

After four and a half years of dedicated restoration work by a team of volunteers, a steam and diesel railway now operates on the outskirts of London, passing through unspoilt countryside and within a few minutes’ drive of M11 and M25. Epping Ongar Railway, the award winning and longest heritage railway in Essex, operates heritage steam and diesel hauled trains between period stations dating from 1865. Step back in time, experience the romance of travel in days gone by; the sights and smells of an old country station, learn and discover the importance of the railway to local agriculture and industry. As the train pulls in, the party can board their reserved seating within one of our heritage coaches, letting the train take the strain as they chuff through the unspoilt rolling Essex countryside and historic Epping Forest unbelievably less than 20 miles from Central London! Wildlife and agriculture mix with the industrial heritage of bygone days. Our line is quite steeply graded so there are plenty of opportunities to hear the train working as you sit back, relax and watch the countryside. Then ride aboard one of our heritage buses or even charter one to bring you to the railway and back to your starting point after your visit. Our railway makes an ideal visit for groups and educational visits.

Contact name for Group Bookings: Karen Nelson Main periods of operation: All year except Christmas Day & Boxing Day Coach parking facility: At front of station Principal Group Rates: £5 Adult, £4.50 Senior, £2.48 Child Steam days: £7.20 Adult, £6.30 Senior, £3.60 Child Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 10 Max: 100 Catering available for Groups: By prior arrangement only. Light meals, drinks, ice creams.

Chappel Station, Colchester, Essex CO6 2DS Tel: 01206 242524 • Fax: 01787 224473 E: information@earm.co.uk W: www.earm.co.uk

Contact name for Group Bookings: Jeff on the phone or by email on groupvisits@eorailway.co.uk or for schools and educational visits, educationalvisits@eorailway.co.uk. Alternatively, complete and return by e-mail one of our Booking Forms which can be found on our website www.eorailway.co.uk Main periods of operation: February to November Coach parking facility: Yes Principal Group Rates: For groups of 15 plus we offer a 10% discount on prepaid all day tickets, but we also arrange tailor made visits at even lower prices. Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min 15 and Max 200 Catering available for Groups: Teas/coffees/sandwiches, etc Ongar Station, Station Approach, Ongar, Essex CM5 9BN Tel: 01277 365 200 E: enquiries@eorailway.co.uk W: www.eorailway.co.uk

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East of England Mid-Norfolk Railway

Do you have a children’s party, a wedding anniversary, other family celebration, corporate or other function coming up this year? If so, why not use the MNR to provide a different type of experience. We can even decorate the train especially for you. For schools, we can give various talks about running a railway including the history, finances, engineering, and tourism aspects. The MNR can provide you with a train as well as catering facilities at Dereham Station. The MNR operates a full service of timetabled trains and it is possible to pre-book a group on any of these services. A representative of the MNR will travel with your party in specially reserved carriages. Discounted fares are available for pre booked groups of 10 or more passengers. If you wish to charter a special train for your own use, then the MNR will be able to offer this service at times and days (outside normal operating days) to suit your needs. Details of the hire charges for a charter train are available on request. Fully qualified catering staff are able to provide various refreshments at a reasonable cost for both charters and groups. Cream tea specials are available on Steam Wednesday services by prior arrangement. The Mid-Norfolk Railway organises various special packages for coach parties. We offer several linked tours with other local attractions such as City Boats in Norwich, Gooderstone Water Gardens, Kings Lynn Crystal Glass Studio and Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Museum. New for 2015 – GN Directors Saloon During the summer steam season we will have a special visitor in the form of the Great Northern Director’s Saloon. This will be running throughout the summer and can be booked on our normal steam services for that special occasion with groups up to 20.

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Mid-Suffolk Light Railway Museum ‘Suffolk Museum of the Year’

The Mid-Suffolk Light Railway, affectionately known as the ‘Middy’ and its Museum is not just a treat for enthusiasts, but a genuine look back at how a rural railway served its community up to 100 years ago. As Suffolk’s only standard gauge preserved steam railway, sited on a section of the original track bed, in 2012 The Heritage Railway Association made the MSLR their Interpretation Award Winners for recreating the unique atmosphere of a rural light railway. This year we have an exciting programme featuring up to three locomotives in steam, including the rare and fascinating Cockerill Belgian tram engine. You can enjoy a steam train ride in genuine Great Eastern Railway 4-wheel coaches along our over 1/4 mile of track from Brockford Station to Dovebrook, where the track side walk takes you along the route of our next most ambitious project – the extension of the line to over double the current length. At our station at Brockford we have original buildings, passenger and goods vehicles, displays, artefacts and exhibitions and our works for restoration and maintenance of vehicles and rebuilding our own locomotive. On site facilities include the MSLR Museum, café, shop, picnic area and newly restored real ale bar coach, The Kitchener Arms. The railway is open from 11.00a.m. – 5.00p.m. every Bank Holiday and summer Sundays from 24th May – 31st August 2015. Special events include Middy in the War Years, Belgian Beer Festival and Santa Specials. And for all those who always wanted to be an engine driver, there are our Driver Experience courses where, under the supervision of our experienced staff, you can learn all about firing and driving a steam engine and actually have a go. On selected days we also offer ‘cab rides for a tenner,’ two return trips the length of our line. In 2014 we were awarded the title of Suffolk Museum of the Year in competition with the 40 other accredited Suffolk Museums. Groups are welcome but contacting us in advance is advisable to ensure coach parking is available. Also nearby are the Museum of East Anglian Life at Stowmarket and Bressingham Steam Museum and gardens.

Contact name for Group Bookings: Andrea Smith Main periods of operation: March - October weekends, May October plus Wednesday. July - August plus Tuesdays & Thursdays, Bank Holidays. Coach parking facility: Dereham Principal Group Rates: 10% discount pax. 20% - 20-60 pax based on full return fares. Above 60 pax is negotiable. Steam Services run Weekends from June to August. Heritage Diesel services at all other times Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 10 Max: 150 Catering for Groups: Tearooms at Dereham Station up to 100

Contact name for Group Bookings: Chris Baddeley Main periods of operation: Easter to end of September Coach parking facility: Yes Principal Group Rates: 10% discount on standard rates Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 10 Max: 54 Catering available for Groups: Snacks rather than full hot meals

The Railway Station, Station Road, Dereham, Norfolk NR19 1DF Tel: 01362 699887 E: groups@mnr.org.uk W: www.mnr.org.uk

Brockford Station, Wetheringsett, Stowmarket IP14 5PW Groups Tel: 01473 890 622 • Railway Tel: 01449 766899 E: secretary@mslr.org.uk W: www.mslr.org.uk

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East of England

BURE VALLEY RAILWAY

North Nofolk Railway (The Poppy Line)

YESTERDAY TODAY!

Wells & Walsingham Light Railway

Steam Trains to the Norfolk Broads

Steam back in time on the scenic Poppy Line along the north Norfolk coast

TRAINS FROM AYLSHAM AND WROXHAM Open All Year - Free Parking - Whistlestop Cafe Model and Gift Shop - Diasabled Access - Group Discounts

COMBINED TRAIN AND CRUISE

• Special low fares for groups of 20 – 200 • Ideal for a half-day visit • Easily reached from Norwich, Yarmouth and Cromer • Free coach parking by arrangement • Free travel for organiser

Visit www.nnrailway.co.uk or call 01263 820 800 @Teady_ North Norfolk Railway plc

NORTH NORFOLK RAILWAY

Norwich Road, Aylsham, Norfolk NR11 6BW - 01263 733858

www.bvrw.co.uk

Sheringham Station NR26 8RA

LIVE STEAM – LIVING HISTORY

AN IDEAL PLACE FOR ALL YOUR GROUP

EPPING ONGAR RAILWAY Essex’s Longest Heritage Railway

SPECIAL EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR Checkout www.eorailway.co.uk for more

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For enquiries about your group booking call us on

01277 365200 or send an email to

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East of England North Norfolk Railway (The Poppy Line)

Wells & Walsingham Light Railway

The coastal area to the west of Sheringham is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – and one of the best ways to appreciate its splendid views is from a vintage carriage in a steam train on North Norfolk’s Poppy Line heritage railway. The trains run along the coast to Weybourne, and then turn inland to climb through the pines, gorse and heather of Kelling Heath up to a terminus at Holt (High Kelling), just outside the elegant Georgian market town of Holt. The round trip from either Sheringham or Holt takes just over an hour.

This delightful little 10¼” gauge railway runs from the North Norfolk coastal town of Wells next-the-sea to the famous pilgrimage town of Walsingham.

There is a station buffet and giftshop at Sheringham, and refreshments and souvenirs at Weybourne and Holt stations. Holt station, the oldest on the Poppy Line, was built as the station for Stalham on the Broads in 1878, and was carefully moved and re-erected here 125 years later. It’s the heart of a fascinating railway heritage centre. The William Marriott Museum, named after the man who built the railway and ran it for forty years, is next to the station in a replica goods shed, alongside vintage freight wagons (including a carriage specially built to transport racing pigeons). During the summer, a set of vintage fairground barley-sugar gallopers and a miniature railway feature in the freight yard.

These two engines now ensure that a reliable steam hauled service runs throughout the season using open, covered and enclosed carriages catering for all weather conditions. The best way of seeing this lovely pair of little locos is when they are run together, “double headed”, on special and evening charter trains.

The Poppy Line is a full-size standard gauge railway, operating big mainline engines from the golden age of steam. In the high summer season and at bank holidays, steam trains run every 50 minutes; for most of the rest of the year, a mixed service of steam and vintage diesel trains provides up to 10 trains a day each way. Contact name for Group Bookings: Samantha Eady or Vinny Blake Main periods of operation: April 1st - November 2nd, plus Santa Specials December weekends. Coach parking facility: Public coach parking close by Sheringham Station. Parking at Holt Station by prior arrangement. Principal Group Rates: 10% discount for groups of 20 -200, giving £10.80 adult, £9.90 senior and £7.65 child 5 - 15. Under 5s free. Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 20 Max: 200 Catering available for Groups: Lunch or dinner trains may be hired by prior arrangement. Sheringham Station Buffet open to groups, but not exclusively. Conference Facilities available: (10 – 50 person capacity).Catering available. Facilities in Railway Institute at Holt Station but static carriage also available by arrangement. The Station, Sheringham, Norfolk NR26 8RA & Holt Station NR25 6AJ Tel: 01263 820 800 • Fax: 01263 820 801 E: enquiries@nnrailway.co.uk W: www.nnrailway.co.uk Twitter: @nnrailway Facebook: North Norfolk Railway plc

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The four mile journey through the beautiful Norfolk countryside takes just 30 minutes and it is the longest steam railway of this gauge in the world. Born out of one man’s passionate dream, hard work and sheer determination, aptly, the railway opened on Good Friday 1982 using “Pilgrim”, an 0-6-0 steam engine. Other steam engines have followed including Garratt locomotives “Norfolk Hero” and new sister locomotive “Norfolk Heroine” (named after Edith Cavell).

The railway runs daily from the beginning of March to the end of November with a timetable service of up to five trains a day running at peak holiday times. Special events in and out of season are also available with the Santa Specials making a welcome and popular end to the year. The Station Buffet in the signal box at Wells Station has an excellent selection of refreshments including locally produced delicacies from this part of the Norfolk coast. Coach parties are very welcome by prior arrangement; bookings should be made well in advance of the required date. The large car park can accommodate coaches and is free. What else is in the area? Also in the area are the Shrines in Walsingham, Walsingham Abbey Grounds and the Shirehall Museum. More information can be found at www.walsinghamvillage.org. Nearby is Holkham Hall which offers a bygones museum, gardens, nature trail and much more. Contact name for Group Bookings: Lt. Cmdr Roy Francis The main period of operation : OPEN 7 days a week FROM beginning MARCH to end NOVEMBER. Visit our website for further details, fares and the daily timetables. Coach parking facility: Coach Park about 300 yds from Walsingham Station, NR22 6BT Group & Coach Tour discounts. Evening charter trains available. Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 20 Max: 50 Catering available for Groups: Excellent catering facilities at “Christine’s” - the Station Buffet at Wells Station. Good facilities in both Wells & Walsingham.

Stiffkey Road, Wells Next-the-Sea, Norfolk NR23 1QB Tel: 01328 711630 (8am to 5pm only) E: wellswalsinghamrailway@gmail.com W: www.wellswalsinghamrailway.co.uk

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Midlands Churnet Valley Railway

Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway

The Churnet Valley Railway, is one of the Staffordshire Moorlands’ most popular attractions. It is a picturesque heritage Steam Railway that runs through Staffordshire’s Little Switzerland, the Churnet Valley. It meanders alongside the Caldon Canal and the River Churnet for a delightful nostalgic 10.5 mile return Steam Train journey.

The Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway is one of Britain’s oldest seaside miniature railways.

Kingsley & Froghall Station has ample parking and disabled access. It is also home to our award winning traditional Tea Room which provides snacks and hot meals. The railway’s Souvenir Shop is also located here and is open on all running days and sells railway souvenirs, DVDs, books and toys including of course, “Thomas the Tank”. The station is located beside The Railway Public House and only a short walk from the recently restored Froghall Canal Wharf and Information Centre.

A full trip features three stations. Cleethorpes Kingsway, adjacent to Cleethorpes Leisure Centre features a gift shop selling souvenirs, snacks and light refreshments.

Consall Station has no public road access making it very quiet and isolated in its situation beside the weir on the River Churnet where the canal splits from the river. Also nearby are the Lime Kilns and the award-winning Black Lion Public House. As well as the canal tow path, more energetic walkers can climb the Devil’s Staircase! At Cheddleton Station you can visit the Railway’s Engine Sheds and its small Railway Artifacts Museum. The station is located near The Boat Public House and about a mile walk from Cheddleton’s Flint Mill and the 13th century St Edwards Church with its famous stained glass windows and painted ceiling. All three stations make a splendid day out for all the family.

Contact name for Group Bookings: Admin Office Main periods of operation: Sundays Easter – end September. Saturdays Easter – June, July & August. Every Wednesday July and August, all Bank Holiday Mondays and Special Excursions on the Cauldon Lowe Branch line to Ipstones Loop throughout the year Coach parking facility: Cheddleton Station & Froghall Principal Group Rates: 10% discount when pre-booked Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 20 Max: 200

Established in 1948, the award winning attraction – recently voted No. 1 tourist attraction in North East Lincolnshire by users on Tripadvisor, runs for 2 miles along the Humberside coast.

Lakeside is the hub of the railway, found halfway along the line. It is home to the smallest pub on the planet – The Signal Box Inn. At just 8x8 square metres and seating four people at a time, its offering includes a wide range of guest ales and ciders. A brand new café has been added for 2015 selling delicious breakfasts, lunches and refreshments. The Griffin Hall Museum tells the fascinating story of the Sutton Miniature Railway and includes on display ‘Mighty Atom’ – one of the oldest 15 inch gauge steam locomotives in the world! As you travel further along the line, you will reach Humberston Station. Popular with walkers and bird watchers, the station has some outstanding views of the Humber Estuary. Regular events are held throughout the year, including the Folk & Cider Festival on the Spring Bank Holiday Weekend and new for 2015, the Rail, Ale & Jazz Festival in September, both ideal for groups of music and drink lovers alike. A themed 1940s weekend will be held during August and seasonal events such as Halloween and Santa Specials also take place.

Contact name for Group Bookings: Pat Wright (Office Manager) Main periods of operation: Weekends and School Holidays throughout the year and daily from 28th March to 6th September. Coach parking facility: Available at Lakeside Station Group Rates: Please contact us to discuss requirements Number of passengers required for Group Rate: 10+ Catering available for Groups: Café at Lakeside Station serving hot and cold meals.

Catering available for Groups: By arrangement on trains & stations. Near Leek, Staffordshire Moorlands, Kingsley & Froghall Station ST10 2HA Cheddleton Station ST13 7EE Tel: 01538 750755 • Fax: 01538 758496 E: enquiries@churnet-valley-railway.co.uk W: www.churnet-valley-railway.co.uk

Lakeside Station, Kings Road, Cleethorpes, DN35 0AG Tel: 01472 604657 E: info@cleethorpescoastlightrailway.co.uk W: www.cleethorpescoastlightrailway.co.uk

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Midlands Crich Tramway Village National Tramway Museum

Crich Tramway Village has developed into one of Derbyshire’s most unique visitor attractions in the East Midlands. Beautifully restored trams run to and fro down a cobbled street past the former Derby Assembly rooms before passing under the Bowes-Lyon Bridge. Then climbing a mile and a half of track that provides breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside and Derwent Valley. Experience the fascinating Woodland Walk & Sculpture Trail which winds its way back to the village or remain on the tram and be dropped off outside The Red Lion Pub and Tearooms before visiting the fascinating Workshop Viewing Gallery. Or maybe wonder around the period shops on the authentic village street. For the less able, there is a specially restored access tram as well as a ‘smooth’ way around the museum and ramps and lifts to make every part of the museum accessible for all. Groups are catered for with pre-booked guided tours, special discounted admission, group catering arrangements, free coach parking and free admission and meal for the coach driver. If you would like to find out more or make a booking, please call us now on 01773 854321 or visit www.tramway.co.uk What else is in the area? Crich is on the edge of the Peak District, home of the famous Blue John Caverns and also some stunning and rugged scenery. The village of Matlock Bath is a designated conservation area and there is something for everyone in this beautiful old spa town but the jewel in its crown is the stunning cable car ride up to the Heights of Abraham.

Contact name for Group Bookings: Laura Greaves Main periods of operation: April to October Coach parking facility: Free - close to entrance Principal Group Rates: Adults - £9, Seniors - £8, Child - £5 Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 10 Catering available for Groups: Booked in advance.

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

With its headquarters in the fine old Peak District market town of Wirksworth, the Ecclesboume Valley line, at nine miles, is Derbyshire’s longest heritage railway. The line runs through some of the most pleasant scenery in the White Peak, from its joint station with the main line at Duffield to its northern terminus at Ravenstor, close to the High Peak Trail and the National Stone Centre. The line provides services mainly operated by heritage diesel railcars, with four trains a day on summer weekends and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in the high summer. The timetable is designed to connect with East Midlands Trains’ services to and from Derby and Nottingham. Visitors may wish to take advantage of a joint all Day Rover Ticket issued by the railway and Trent Barton providing an excellent opportunity for discount travel through the beautiful derbyshire countryside by bus and rail. Steam hauled services are also operated at peak periods, please call us to check what is running. The line is very close to Carsington Water, with many coach tour visitors spending time at the lake before or after travelling on the Railway. Kedleston Hall and the Crich Tramway Village are other conveniently close and popular destinations which many of the line’s visitors share. Coach parties may also spend time in Wirksworth, where there is an interesting Heritage Centre and a range of shops and cafes. The Railway can accommodate coaches in its large parking area at Wirksworth Station and has facilities in its Pullman Buffet to provide afternoon teas or buffets for coach sized groups. Coach Drivers have a free place and are most welcome to use the facilities at Wirksworth Station while their group is travelling, or to join them. What else is in the area? For a railway or heritage themed visit, you could also visit the Midland Railway Centre at Butterley or the Crich Tramway Village, which is close by. For a visit with a broader theme, there is a fine lake and excellent visitor facilities at Carsington Water, or Kedleston Hall, alternatively Arkwrights Mill at Cromford, the Cromford Canal or shopping at the nearby Masson Mills. Contact name for Group Bookings: Leigh Gration Main periods of operation: March to end of October Coach parking facility: Ample free parking at Wirksworth Station Principal Group Rates: All line £12.00 Adult; £6.50 Child Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min:10. Catering available for Groups: Lunches & Afternoon teas available for up to 80 Conference Facilities available: 2 – 20

Crich, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 5DP Tel: 01773 854321 • Fax: 01773 854320 E: enquiry@tramway.co.uk W: www.tramway.co.uk

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Wirksworth Station, Station Road, Wirksworth, Derbyshire DE4 4FB Tel: 01629 823076 E: ticketoffice@e-v-r.com W: www.e-v-r.com

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Midlands Foxfield Railway

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway

The Foxfield Railway, in Staffordshire (just one mile from the A50 between Stoke and Uttoxeter), offers attractive group rates for all parties on most days throughout the year; from a 45 minute return trip behind a steam engine to one of our highly recommended ‘Cream Tea’ trains we are happy to tailor your visit to suit your needs, visit the Group Travel page on our website for more details of how we can help you.

With the full line and extension now open, the GWSR offers a 25-mile round trip between Cheltenham Racecourse, Winchcombe and Toddington Stations and on to Laverton (no station), through some of the most spectacular scenery in the Cotswolds. The journey takes in panoramic views of the Malvern hills and the Vale of Evesham, right across to the Black Mountains, all with rolling Cotswold Hills along the other side of the track. Close to Winchcombe Station is Greet tunnel which, at 693 yards, is the second longest on a preserved railway, whilst just north of Toddington Station the route passes across the 15-arch Stanway Viaduct.

The railway boldly crosses open moorland, hills and woodland as it climbs through the countryside to Dilhorne Park, a place so majestic the trappings of modern life are nowhere to be seen. The beauty of woodlands full of bluebells throughout the Spring or the views over the Staffordshire Moorlands during the summer are truly spectacular. Foxfield has some great facilities on offer including the Café serving hot and cold food, Real Ale Bar and Shop which are all located at the headquarters of Caverswall Road. The spacious car park can accommodate the biggest of coaches with full facilities being made available to drivers and tour guides during visits. What else is in the area? Staffordshire has many attractions within easy reach of Foxfield. Blackbrook Zoo, Gladstone Pottery Museum and many other tourist hotspots offer great group packages so why not combine your railway visit with one of these great places.

For 2015 the GWSR is operating an extensive timetable to take full advantage of all the railway’s facilities, as well as holding a variety of special events throughout the year to suit all tastes. Most trains are hauled by heritage steam locomotives, complemented by some heritage diesel locomotives and restored railcars. Groups may start their journey from any of the three stations, and various journey options and durations are possible depending on the starting point. Group rover tickets are also available, enabling groups to spend the day as they wish travelling on the railway, perhaps taking in the re-vamped Flag & Whistle Restaurant, the shop, the small museum, and the heritage trail at Toddington Station. There is plenty of free parking for cars and coaches at all three stations. For those who wish to combine a visit to the GWSR with other local venues, there is a wealth of Cotswold attractions nearby. Contact name for group bookings: Claudette Oddy

Contact name for Group Bookings: Richard Barnett Main periods of operation: Easter to October and December

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Main periods of operation: March to October plus Christmas to New Year

Coach parking facility: Tarmacked carpark for 6 coaches

Principal Group Rates: £13.60 return or £9.00 single for full length of line (30+ passengers)

Principal Group Rates: POA, substantial discounts on our ‘turn up and go fares’ visit our group travel page on our website.

Number of passengers required for Group Rate: 10 (smaller discount for 10-19 passengers)

Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 25 Max: 200 Catering available for Groups: On-site cafe provides home cooked meals & desserts to suit requirements.

Catering available for Groups: Light refreshments can be purchased from the buffet on most trains (except the DMU) and from the small 1950’s style café at Winchcombe Station. A wider range of refreshments are available from the re-vamped Flag & Whistle Restaurant at Toddington Station and, if pre-booked, cream teas and fish & chip lunches can be served on the train.

Caverswall Road, Blythe Bridge ST11 9BG Tel: 01782 396210 E: enquiries@foxfieldrailway.co.uk W: www.foxfieldrailway.co.uk

The Railway Station, Toddington, Gloucestershire GL54 5DT Tel: 01242 621902 (answerphone when not manned) E: admin.assistant@gwsr.com W: www.gwsr.com

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Every journey ends with a memory.

Whether it’s the breathtaking scenery, charming towns and villages or friendly people, a trip on the Severn Valley Railway is one your customers will never forget. • Heritage steam trains • Exciting Engine House Visitor Centre • Reserved seating for groups from 15 – 300 • Pre-booked catering facilities along the line • Well-stocked gift shop • Great in all weathers

Contact Visitor Services today for more information.

www.svr.co.uk

Tel: 01562 757900 Email: grouptravel@svrlive.com

Number One Comberton Place, Kidderminster, DY10 1QR

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KIDDERMINSTER • BEWDLEY • BRIDGNORTH

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Midlands Great Central Railway

Midland Railway, Butterley

The Great Central Railway is the perfect venue for coach parties looking to relive the romance of rail travel. Located in the heart of Leicestershire this is a big award winning railway, with large engines, historic stations and lots to catch the eye.

The Midland Railway, Butterley is dedicated to the history of the Midland Railway and its successors.

Enjoy hearty refreshments at our station tea rooms. Alternatively tuck into breakfast or take afternoon tea on the move as your steam train makes its way between Loughborough and Leicester with views over Charnwood Forest and Bradgate park. We’re perfect for a full - or half day out and we can recommend other great attractions nearby like the National Space Centre. There’s a small exhibits museum which tells the story of this historic line and for enthusiasts exclusive guided tours of the locomotive works can be arranged. Many film and television programmes including Enigma, The Hours and Shadowlands have been produced at the railway so you’ll be walking in the footsteps of stars! We stage a wealth of really special events. The War Time Weekend in June is one of the biggest in the country and our steam galas in January and October are not to missed. The GCR couldn’t be easier to find. Just ten minutes from J23 of the M1, there is on-street parking for coaches at Loughborough station and a large car park with easy access to the platform at Quorn station. We offer discounts for parties of more than 15 with drivers and guides travelling for free. We look forward to welcoming you!

Contact name for Group Bookings: Booking Office Main periods of operation: Weekends throughout the year: selected weekdays during the summer. Also special events. Coach parking facility: On-street parking at Loughborough; car park at Quorn Principal Group Rates: 20% reduction on groups of 15 or over. Coach drivers & guides travel for free. Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 15 Catering available for Groups: Snacks, Griddle Car (all-day breakfasts,afternoon teas etc) through to luxury dining services.

Great Central Road, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 1RW Tel: 01509 632323 • Fax: 01509 239 791 E: sales@gcrailway.co.uk W: www.gcrailway.co.uk

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On arrival at Butterley Station there is ample coach and car parking. Butterley Station was erected in 1981 and is originally from Whitwell in North Derbyshire. Here you can visit the garden railway in Butterley Goods Yard and Alfreton Model Railway. There are also catering and shop facilities on the platform. The train journey is via Riddings Junction to Swanwick Junction museum complex, and passengers alight there to visit the many attractions. These include the Matthew Kirtley Museum, the Golden Valley narrow gauge railway, the Victorian tin tabernacle church, The West Shed (home of impressive express locomotives Princess Margaret Rose & The Duchess of Sutherland), the Stationary Power Museum, Midland Road Transport Museum, Butterley Park miniature railway and Swanwick Junction model railway. There are also catering and shop facilities here. Many of the buildings have been transported from other sites to Swanwick Junction and re-erected by the volunteers, for example, the station building is originally from Syston in Leicestershire, and the gatehouse from St Marys Goods Yard in Derby. Access to the large country park is from Swanwick Junction. The return journey to Butterley Station is via Hammersmith Station where the steam or diesel locomotive can be watched as it runs round the train. Packages for groups can be tailor made to suit your requirements. Guided tours are available by arrangement. Discounts are available for parties of 15 or more passengers. Catering packages can be provided with dining in Johnsons Buffet, on the train or as a picnic option. Contact name for group Bookings: Alan Calladine Main periods of operation: Weekends throughout the year & weekdays in school holidays Coach parking facility: At Butterley Station (Free) Principal Group Rates: Small groups attract a 10% discount, larger groups need to contact the railway for details. Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 12 Max: 120 Catering available for Groups: Dining Trains available & static catering in two buffets.

Butterley Station, Ripley, Derbyshire DE5 3QZ Tel: 01773 747674 • Fax: 01773 570721 E: midland.railway@btconnect.com W: www.midlandrailwaycentre.co.uk

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Nene Valley Railway

Nene Valley Railway offers something for everyone. For the rail enthusiast we have Heritage Steam Locomotives running on 7.5 miles of track through the picturesque Nene Valley. For those who are perhaps a little less enthused by the lure of steam the line offers stunning rural and river views, splendid country walks and a terminus that’s only a short hop from Peterborough’s busy shopping centre and magnificent medieval Cathedral. For the tour operator we offer value, convenience and flexibility. We are situated in a unique position literally a minute from the junction of the A47 and A1 just north of Peterborough. This location puts us about an hour from London and within a couple of hours of almost anywhere in the Midlands. Our main coach parking area is within 150 metres of the station buildings. However, should you have less mobile clients we also offer a convenient pick-up and drop off point a few metres from the front door. In addition to travel only we have several competitively priced ‘with extras’ packages in place, such as travel and ploughman’s lunch or travel and cream tea. We also appreciate that sometimes a one off is needed. With this in mind we are always pleased to work with an operator to build something that works brilliantly for them. Most things are possible, from part journeys with drop off in one location and pick up in another, to multiple round trips or even something in between. No matter what you want we will try to sort out a competitive price to allow you to offer to your customers something that does not break their bank, but still makes you a decent profit. Above all, we understand that by helping you we help ourselves...

 Travel from Toddington, Winchcombe

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 Free coach and car parking at all stations  Driver and tour guide travel free  Disabled access and facilities at all stations  Tea room, gift shop and museum at

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Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, The Railway Station, Toddington, Glos. GL54 5DT  01242 621405 email: grouptravel @gwsr.com

Contact name for Group Bookings: Just call the main number and somebody will help. Main periods of operation: Feb to December. Most weekends, school holidays. Plus most days in April to October. Santa specials throughout December. See web for details. Coach parking facility: Yes Principal Group Rates: Adult £13 (£16) Child £6.50 (£8 ) Senior £11 (£13) Standard fares in brackets Number of passengers required for Group Rate: 20 Catering available for Groups: Yes, either special order or general cafe fare. Conference Facilities available Wansford Station (A1) Old Great North Road, Stibbington, Peterborough PE8 6LR Tel: 01780 784444 • Fax: 01780 784440 E: nvr@nvr.org.uk W: www.nvr.org.uk

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Midlands Peak Rail

Severn Valley Railway

Peak Rail would like to welcome visitors old and new during 2014 to experience the thrill of a bygone era whilst travelling on their heritage railway which operates throughout the year. The line which has been re-instated mostly by volunteers forms part of the old Midland Railway line between Manchester Central and London St Pancras which was closed in 1968. They currently operate for a distance of 4 miles between Rowsley South and Matlock Platform 2 Stations with both steam and diesel locomotives in operation. Groups can do a single or return journey which must be pre-booked. Discounted fares are available on all normal operating days but not when there is a special event. All train services have an on-board buffet coach serving a selection of cold refreshments and snacks, and a specially adapted coach for wheelchair users. Various special events are held throughout the year perfect for the family or enthusiast to enjoy or why not get your hands on the controls of a steam locomotive and participate in one of their hugely popular steam experience courses. In addition to the normal timetabled train service, Peak Rail has a fine reputation for dining, with their highly acclaimed Palatine Dining Restaurant train, where you can enjoy the luxury of Pullman Style dining as the train leisurely travels along the line. Peak Rail believes in the old fashioned values of quality and service and you are guaranteed to be pampered for the duration of your trip, whilst being served a sumptuous Sunday lunch, Cream or Afternoon Tea in their lovingly restored coaches seating a maximum of 71 people with fully licensed bar. So why not visit during 2015 and discover within the Derbyshire Dales the magical bygone era of the steam train.

From beautiful scenery to historic attractions, the Severn Valley Railway (SVR) has plenty to offer groups looking for a great day out during its Golden Jubilee year.

Contact name for Group Bookings: Claire Statham / Steve Slinn Main periods of operation: March - December Coach parking facility: Free Principal Group Rates: 10% for 10-30 visitors. 15% for 30+ visitors Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 10 Catering available for Groups: Buffet on station & on train.

Matlock Station, Matlock DE4 3NA Tel: 01629 580381 • Fax: 01629 760 645 E: peakrail@peakrail.co.uk W: www.peakrail.co.uk

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This year, the Railway marks 50 years since its founding members gathered in a Kidderminster pub on 6th July, 1965, and decided to re-open the line, which was one of over 2,000 shut down under the government’s Beeching’s Axe. Five years later, the first section of the SVR line, between Bridgnorth and Hampton Loade, was opened for public passenger services and since then, the much-loved Railway has gone from strength to strength, now welcoming over 200,000 visitors per year. Fast-forward 50 years and visitors can now enjoy a vintage steam train journey along 16 miles of the stunning Severn Valley between Bridgnorth, Shropshire and Kidderminster, Worcestershire stopping at each of the railway’s six beautifully restored stations en-route. Trains operate during school holidays and every weekend from February 14th, before daily services start on May 2nd. Break up your journey at Highley with a visit to The Engine House Visitor Centre, home to the SVR’s reserve collection of full-size locomotives and railway memorabilia, while a new exhibit for 2015 is a large-scale 50th Anniversary timeline. Following your visit, take some time to re-fuel at the Flag and Whistle Food Stop. Alternatively, take advantage of the SVR’s jam-packed schedule of events in 2015, including our ever-popular 1940s Weekends, Spring or Autumn Steam Galas, Classic Vehicle Day, Food Festival and Ladies Day. For a great value fare, groups (of 15 or more) can enjoy a return steam train journey to Highley from Kidderminster, including admission to The Engine House. For more information or to book, call 01562 757900 or email grouptravel@svrlive.com. Contact name for Group Bookings: Lisa Smith Main periods of operation: See website for full information Coach parking facility: Free parking at Kidderminster, Bewdley & Bridgnorth Station Group Rates: For pre-booked groups of 15 or more adults/ seniors on timetable A, B or C - £10.00 per person for a single journey Kidderminster to Bridgnorth. £14.40 per person for a return journey Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 15 Max: No max subject to prior arrangement Catering available for Groups: pre-booked catering is available by prior arrangement at The Engine House at Highley & The Valley Suite at Kidderminster Station. Number One, Comberton Place, Kidderminster, Worcestershire DY10 1QR Tel: 01562 757900 E: grouptravel@svrlive.com W: www.svr.co.uk

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North West East Lancashire Railway

Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway

Board one of the East Lancashire Railway’s heritage steam and diesel trains and begin your journey back to yesteryear soaking up the beautiful Irwell Valley with its rolling green hills and charming villages as you go. There are six different stops waiting to be explored from Heywood. Visit the Rochdale Pioneer Museum, the birthplace of the modern co-operative museum or grab a bargain at Bury’s famous market. Continue your journey through the pretty village of Summerseat to Ramsbottom, a thriving town with an array of independent shops before chugging through the most scenic part of our line en route to our terminus at Rawtenstall. There are plenty of things to see and do and our stations are well equipped for group visits with cafés, pubs, gift shops and our own Transport Museum. Admission into Bury Transport Museum is included in our Freedom of the Line ticket and enables visitors to get up close to restored vehicles and learn about the region’s rich transport heritage. Guided tours and talks are also available. The railway also has some fantastic events scheduled throughout the year from guided Rail Ale Trail tours of some of the excellent local drinking spots to the nostalgia of our award winning 1940’s weekend. Group dining options can also be included as part of your visit, from light bites in The Buffet to a taste of Lancashire at The Trackside. Indulge in a little luxury with one of our dining experiences where your group can enjoy a traditional cream tea and a great value Mid-Week Luncheon in a vintage Pullman style carriage. Itineraries can be tailored to suit your group and a fantastic 20% discount is now being offered on group bookings of 20 + for Oct – Nov 2015. Visit eastlancsrailway.org.uk for more information and to start to plan your next visit.

Established in 1973, The Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway is a family run business steaming into the heart of The Lake District. Operating daily from 28th March-1st November, carefully maintained steam locomotives haul carriages on this 3 ½ mile steeply graded former Furness Railway Branch Line from Haverthwaite to Lakeside, the southern tip of Windermere. At Lakeside connections are available with Windermere Lake Cruises where you can enjoy the stunning Lake scenery on board a steamer or launch to Bowness or Ambleside. The Victorian Station at Haverthwaite is home to the railway’s collection of steam and diesel rolling stock which are on display in The Engine Shed. Our Licensed Station Restaurant produces its very own Cumberland Sausage flavoured with the Railway’s own brew Fairburn Ale. The restaurant serves a variety of homemade meals and tasty bites, not forgetting their famous giant homemade scones, which served with jam and cream are simply delicious. Haverthwaite Gift Shop boasts an exciting array of gifts, books and souvenirs. Visit our Woodland Adventure Playground to discover climbing structures, nets, slide and much more. Enjoy the scenic surroundings of our open and undercover picnic areas whilst watching the trains go by. Events take place throughout the year including the popular Santa Specials, serving hand decorated Christmas Cake and sherry on board a festive fun-filled train ride! Superb value, discounted combination packages are available with other top attractions in and around Windermere including: Windermere Lake Cruises, Lakes Aquarium, The World of Beatrix Potter, Lakeland Motor Museum, Brockhole Visitor Centre and Holker Hall & Gardens; more detailed information is available on the website www.lakesiderailway.co.uk “A Great Day Out.... Whatever The Weather!”

Contact name for Group Bookings: Passenger Services Manager Main periods of operation: Weekends throughout the year, and Wed to Fri between April & September. Please see our website for further details. Coach parking facility: Drop off and pick-up points in front of stations and weekend coach parking available if advised in advance. Coach parking available at selected stations. Principal Group Rates: Various discounts and group booking benefits available for groups, depending on size of party. Please contact our Passenger Services Manager for further details. Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 10 Catering available for Groups: Catering available on train, at Bury Transport Museum or in our restaurant by prior arrangement. Ranges from small buffets to full dining packages. Bolton Street Station, Bury, Lancashire BL9 0EY Tel: 0161 764 7790 (10am – 4pm) • Fax: 0161 763 4408 E: admin@eastlancsrailway.org.uk W: www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk

Contact name for Group Bookings: Karen Maher Main periods of operation: 28th March - 1st November 2015 Coach parking facility: Free Coach Parking at Haverthwaite Principal Group Rates: £3.60 per adult single journey Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 15 Max: 200 Catering available for Groups: Excellent Station Restaurant at Haverthwaite serving tea/coffee, delicious giant homemade scones and speciality homemade meals & snacks.

Haverthwaite, Nr Ulverston, Cumbria LA12 8AL Tel: 015395 31594 • Fax: 015395 30503 E: info@lakesiderailway.co.uk W: www.lakesiderailway.co.uk

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North West Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

Ribble Steam Railway

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway is the oldest and longest narrow gauge railway in the Lake District National Park, and celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. There has been a narrow gauge railway serving Miterdale and Eskdale since 1875, originally built to a 3ft gauge to carry ore from the mines at Eskdale.

Situated on Preston’s former dock estate, and celebrating its 10th anniversary since opening to the public, this railway has been open to the public since 2005 and has one of the largest collections of industrial locomotives in Britain. These are housed in airy purpose-built museum and workshop buildings, both of which have full disabled access. The museum is great for group visits, and guided tours can be arranged on request. There are special packages for schools including activity and learning areas, with an optional diesel-hauled rail trip by arrangement.

Affectionally known locally as La’aL Ratty meaning “little railway”. Today it is a popular tourist attraction and home to River Irt, the oldest working 15” gauge steam engine in the world. The journey covers seven miles of spectacular scenery from the coastal village of Ravenglass, once an important defence point in Roman times to the foot of England’s highest mountains. Scafell Pike at 3,209ft (978m) is one of a horseshoe of high fells open to the South surrounding the head of Eskdale Valley. There are four steam engines in regular service with a peak operating period between March and November. There are seven request stops en route for those wanting to enjoy some of the walking routes in the area with a one way seven mile journey taking approximately 40 minutes. Contact name for Group Bookings: Claire & Ashleigh Main periods of operation: Daily trains from mid March to early November and most winter weekends in December. Santa Express for groups midweek afternoons in December. Open daily over main Christmas and New Year holiday period. Coach parking facility: Ravenglass - dedicated free parking spaces for all pre-booked coaches – close, level access to the trains & other facilities Principal Group Rates: Steam to the Hills, (full line return journey) - £8.50 per adult; One Happy Family, (a full line return on the railway & a one hour cruise with Ullswater ‘Steamers’) - £13 per adult; Steam on the Wild Side, (a full line return journey on the railway & a visit to the neighbouring attraction of Muncaster Castle) - £14 per adult; Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 10 Catering available for Groups: Purpose-built Cafés at both ends of the line with private function rooms available for hire. In house catering team offer Cumbrian flavours with flair – please view our group menus online or call to discuss options. Free Wi-Fi. Conference Facilities available at both Ravenglass and Dalegarth: (up to 75 person capacity). Catering provided. Private Carriage/Engine Charters available, please contact us. Ravenglass, Cumbria CA18 1SW Tel: 01229 717171 • Fax: 01229 717011 E: steam@ravenglass-railway.co.uk W: www.ravenglass-railway.co.uk

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On normal operating days, visitors can travel behind one of the restored steam engines, enjoying a three-mile return trip around the dock and along the river bank, taking in views that can only be seen from the railway. Snacks and drinks are available in the tea room with views into the main museum building, and there is also a gift shop. Steam trains run on Sundays in April and full weekends from May to September. Enjoy panoramic views along the line aboard a 1950’s Railbus on Thursdays in August and school half-terms. Events include Steam Galas held in March and September. This season, the railway is staging special exhibitions highlighting the Deltic’s 60th birthday. The Deltic is on public view at Ribble Steam Railway. She has been kindly loaned by the National Railway Museum. Please check our website for full details of events. What else is in the area? Preston has several good museums and is close to the seaside resorts of Blackpool and Southport. The cities of Liverpool and Manchester are easily accessible. There is also the Forest of Bowland to the north east of the M6 motorway.

Contact name for Group Bookings: Booking Clerk Main periods of operation: Sundays & Bank Holidays in April. Weekends: May-September. Summer & Half Term midweek services – check website for details. Coach parking facility: On site. Free car parking. Disabled facilities. Principal Group Rates: 10% discount on all groups. Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 25 Catering available for (Pre-booked) Groups: Buffet with light refreshments. Sunday and special events, drinks and snacks, are available on carriage. Chain Caul Road, Preston PR2 2PD Tel: 01772 728800 E: ribblesteamrailway@gmail.com W: www.ribblesteam.org.uk

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South Tynedale Railway

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Ride on the North of England’s highest narrow gauge railway, in the North Pennines and experience the magical spirit of this largely undiscovered land. The South Tynedale Railway, Alston, is at the crossroads of five historic trans-Pennine routes, each of which passes through breath-taking scenery rich in heritage.

The South Tynedale’s narrow gauge trains will take your customers through fine valley scenery, banked on each side by majestic Pennine moors. Trains run from Alston in Cumbria across the county boundary to Lintley in Northumberland. The station in Alston has free car and coach parking with a cafe and gift shop. Lintley is a country halt with limited facilities for passengers; here there is free parking too, about a minute’s walk to the platform. Our trains are hauled by heritage steam and diesel locomotives. Every train has a fully accessible coach for less able passengers. Several of our carriages have open balcony ends that are popular with children and adults alike. It is an unhurried journey offering a round trip from Alston in a little over an hour. Close to the station there is an attractive museum of transport called The Hub. Not far from town a trip to the railway can be paired with a visit to the Killhope Mining Museum on the Weardale road. Hexham is 22 miles away and parties based around Newcastle can be in Alston in a little over an hour. Your journey to Alston, which lies at the crossroads of five routes, takes you through the stunning landscape of the North Pennines Area of Natural Beauty (AONB). Once there, you can watch the volunteer staff prepare the engines, have a bacon buttie, wander beside the river Tyne and sit back in a vintage coach to be taken gently along the valley on the north of England’s highest narrow gauge railway. The railway line is flanked all the way by an excellent lineside path, part of the South Tyne Trail, and many families take the train one way and enjoy more than 3 miles of easy walking as part of their day. Why not try an electric bike to cycle one way? “E-bikes” can be hired from the station – cyclists, walkers and dogs are all welcome here! Bring a picnic or drop into the Buffer Stop Café at the station for freshly made, locally produced, food. Alston is England’s highest market town where, only 5 minutes’ walk from the station, one will find cobbled streets, traditional stone buildings and a cluster of independent shops around the market cross. For timetables and news of special, including the Santa Express in December, events visit www.south-tynedale-railway.org.uk News and information can also be found on our Facebook page.

For timetables and news of special events visit

www.south-tynedale-railway.org.uk Help us welcome the restored locomotive ‘BARBER’ at the railway’s “Return to Steam” Gala on May 1 - 5

01434 382828 enquiries@south-tynedale-railway.org.uk

Main periods of operation: 28th March until November 1st. Coach parking facility: adjacent to Alston and Lintley Halt stations Principal Group Rates: Discounts for 10+ on application Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 10 Max: 100 Catering available for Groups: Cafe at Alston station. On train: Buffet carriage – 25 seats. Town Centre: 5 minutes’ walk from Alston station.

The Railway Station, Alston, Cumbria CA9 3JB Phone Bookings until 23rd March: 01325 352435 Tel: 01434 381696 (24th March onwards). Talking Timetable: 01434 382828 E: enquiries@south-tynedale-railway.org.uk W: www.south-tynedale-railway.org.uk

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South of England Buckinghamshire Railway Centre

Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway

Buckinghamshire Railway Centre is a working steam museum where you step back in time as you view the giants of the steam age of rail travel. There is everything from the humble shunting engine to express passenger locomotives. Carriages, wagons and other artefacts are also on view, in this 25 acre site, dating from 1874 to the 1960’s.

The railway is a friendly country branch line providing Heritage Steam and Vintage Diesel train rides along the foot of the scenic Chiltern Hills. Starting out from the delightfully restored Chinnor station with its café and souvenir shop, the line runs parallel to the historic Icknield Way and onward until it reaches the outskirts of Princes Risborough.

Many of the displays are under cover such as in the 150 year old visitor centre which was painstakingly moved brick by brick from the centre of Oxford. Built in the style of the 1851 Great Exhibition Building at Hyde Park, which was later moved to Crystal Palace, it will fascinate anyone with an interest in architecture. Our Reserve Collection is on display in a 200 foot wartime food store. Children of all ages up to 110 years can take a train ride behind one of the full sized locomotives or ride the half mile miniature railway often behind steam on specific days. There is free coach parking and good accessibility to most buildings for wheelchairs. The centre has a spacious refreshment room and well stocked gift and book shop. Visitors are free to wander at leisure and we recommend that you allow at least 3 hours for a visit. The centre is open most days from late March until the end of October with limited winter opening for Santa’s visit. Check the website for standard open days, steaming days and a whole host of other events.

As well as our timetabled train services with departures between 10.15 and 16.00 hours (see operating days below), there are many special event days throughout the year including our popular Wildlife on the Move trains, Quiz evenings and Murder Mystery dining trains, and more.

Contact name for Group Bookings: Group Booking Organiser

Contact name for Group Bookings: Don or Les

Main periods of operation: Easter to end October with steam trains on Sundays, Bank Holiday Mondays and Weds in school hols. Full events programme listed on website

Main periods of operation: Every Sunday and Bank Holiday from 15 March to 1 November and also on some Saturdays and each Thursday in August 2015

Coach parking facility: space for 10 coaches in main car park close to entrance

Coach parking facility: Reserved parking at Chinnor and free refreshments for driver

Principal Group Rates: 10% reduction for groups of 15 and 20% reduction for groups of 25 or more Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 15 Max: 200 Catering available for Groups: Everything from just a coffee stop to full roast meal available by prior arrangement. Hot meals & snacks as part of daily operation. Quainton Road Station, Quainton, Nr Aylesbury HP22 4BY Tel: 01296 655720 • Fax: 01296 658569 E: office@bucksrailcentre.org W: www.bucksrailcentre.org

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The round trip is a leisurely 45 minutes long allowing your visitors to take in some very attractive open countryside and to enjoy outstanding views across the Vale of Whiteleaf. ‘Sitting in the afternoon tea car enjoying a delicious cream tea served by attentive staff, and all the while watching the steam lazily curl back over the train with those fantastic views of the Chilterns all around us, plus the Red Kites circling overhead, it was a truly magical experience for my group’, wrote Mrs Hunt in appreciation of her organisation’s visit last autumn.

We are just 6 minutes from Junction 6 on the M40 and offer reserved coach parking and refreshments for your driver. An attentive Train Manager is on every train and reserved accommodation is arranged for your guests. Please call us to discuss your requirements – we look forward to hearing from you.

Principal Group Rates: 20% reductions for 15 or more Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Please discuss your requirements Catering available for Groups: Ploughman’s Lunches, Cream Teas, Cafe at Chinnor and Buffet on train – please ask for details. Chinnor Station, Station Road, Chinnor OX39 4ER Tel: 07718 003133 or 0118 947 3436 E: groupchinnor@hotmail.co.uk W: www.chinnorrailway.co.uk

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South of England Didcot Railway Centre

Didcot Railway Centre encapsulates the long history of the GWR. The (working) replica of the 1840 broad gauge locomotive Fire Fly offers an experience of travel at the beginning of the railway era. The collection of more than 20 standard gauge locomotives from the 1890s to the 1940s include many of the standard classes typified by tapered boilers, copper-capped chimneys and Brunswick green paintwork. They are completed by Didcot’s preserved fleet of chocolate and cream carriages. On a steamday, you are guaranteed a ride in vintage carriages from the 1930s or 1940s. But, Didcot is much more than a train ride. The original 1932 built, four road engine shed, is a (listed) exhibition hall which displays locomotives in their authentic surroundings. There is also a coal stage and turntable in working order, as well as other GWR buildings and structures. The museum of small relics from the GWR showcases the colourful posters, silverware, glassware and crockery, and everyday items crafted in brass or steel and marked with the magic initials GWR. An interactive Science, Learning and Railways exhibition in two railway coaches explains the theory of steam locomotion to young and not so young visitors. Didcot has been deemed a Quality Assured Visitor Attraction by Enjoy England, and is now a fully accredited (working) museum, offering many exciting discoveries and special events. Amongst the most popular events are the centre’s Steamdays, which provide visitors with a chance to ride in coaches pulled by a restored locomotive. Whether you want to be entertained, educated or to admire engineering excellence, a visit to Didcot Railway Centre is a great experience.

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Narrow-Gauge Steam with Great War origins. but convenient for the M1

Contact name for Group Bookings: Michael Bodsworth Main periods of operation: Open daily 23 May – 13 September, during school holidays, and all weekends. Coach parking facility: near the site entrance Principal Group Rates: Admission depends upon events etc: Adult £5 - £10, Child £4 - £10 and Seniors £4.50 - £9 Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 15 Catering available for Groups: Luncheon, tea & refreshments available at Centre and on special trains by arrangement. Conference Facilities available: (15 – 100 person capacity) Catering provided. Great Western Steam train with special super saloons (max. 50). Didcot, Oxfordshire OX11 7NJ Tel: 01235 817200 • Fax: 01235 510621 E: info@didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk W: www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk

Search BUZZRAIL or visit www.buzzrail.co.uk LEIGHTON BUZZARD RAILWAY Page’s Park Station, Billington Road, Leighton Buzzard LU7 4TN

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Exbury Gardens Steam Railway

Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Railway enthusiasts can enjoy a day with a difference at Exbury in the New Forest, where a superb 12¼” railway runs along a 1¼ mile track through one of the most famous Gardens in the world. Renowned for its spring collections of rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias, the Gardens cover some 200 acres and border the beautiful Beaulieu River. In 2014 the Gardens were designated as a ‘Camellia Garden of Excellence’ – one of only 30 such gardens in the world to be afforded this honour. Whilst spring sees ‘The Rothschild Collection’ in full bloom, summer visitors will delight in Exbury’s extensive herbaceous borders, hydrangea walks and exotic flowering Sundial Garden. Autumn brings spectacular colour from the National Collection of Nyssa and Oxydendrum and displays of Jewel Lilies in the Gardens Five Arrows Gallery. Opened in 2001 as an added attraction alongside the magnificent Gardens, the railway was the inspiration of enthusiast Leopold de Rothschild and the culmination of ‘A Dream that Became Steam.’ Today visitors can enjoy a relaxing 20 min journey as the train passes through a specially designed ‘Summer Lane’ Garden, now reaching maturity with huge swathes of colourful perennials, flowering grasses, a pool and maturing trees, all planted in a free-flowing naturalistic style. The railway skirts the top of the Rock Garden, where passengers are given a bird’s eye view of the largest man-made Rock Garden in Europe, undergoing a restoration project begun in 2013. Children are not forgotten and they enjoy looking out for Exbury’s woodland creatures, including deer, rabbits, a squirrel, frog – all made from moss. There’s even a “monster” called “Hump – phrey” in the North Lake! Aside from the moss animals, passengers regularly see pheasants from the train, and the occasional glimpses of deer, herons and kingfishers. After their railway journey, passengers are encouraged to explore Exbury’s roomy Engine Shed, where graphics, videos and memorabilia line the walls recalling steam’s heyday and the construction of the railway. Visitors with wheelchairs are well catered for, and it is possible to attach up to four fully accessible carriages at any one time. In addition to the railway, Exbury is considered very accessible for groups, who can choose to explore the Gardens on foot or via a buggy service which operates daily. Walking tours with the Head Gardener, a senior guide or a ‘Meet and Greet’ service are also offered, whilst Mr Eddy’s Tearooms can be pre-booked for morning tea or coffee, hot lunches or cream teas.

Inspiring, Surprising and Award-Winning … Equally appealing to adults and families, your visit to The Isle of Wight Steam Railway will charm, engage and captivate, leaving you with some lasting memories of a special day out. Thrill to the sight and sound of powerful majestic steam engines and breathe in the evocative smells of a real steam railway. Settle back in beautifully restored Victorian and Edwardian carriages and feel the rhythm as you journey through unspoiled Island countryside … And absorb the tranquillity of quiet wayside stations while enjoying the friendliness of traditionally uniformed staff! Our Locomotives and Carriages have all been painstakingly restored to pristine condition - Our oldest locomotive was built in 1876 and carriages date back to 1864! Explore the Island’s very own Train Story. Packed with interactive activities and fascinating displays this fabulous new attraction gets you up close and personal with swaggering locomotives, cheerful carriages and quirky wagons, and uncovers their impact on all our lives while showing what happened when no longer needed on the railways! The IW Steam Railway has three times been named Independent Railway of the Year, and has won the Tourism South-East Silver Award for Best Large Visitor Attraction. The Railway has also been named Best Heritage Project in The National Lottery Awards. There are generous discounts available for groups, FREE parking (on tarmac) for coaches, plus FREE entry and meal for the coach driver! To complete your day out there’s a shop, Woodland Walk, picnic area, museum and children’s Play area

Contact for Group Bookings: Janis Orchard Janis.orchard@exbury.co.uk Main periods of operation: Sat 14 March – Sun 8 November 2015. Gardens open 10am Coach parking facility: Free parking for up to x 50 coaches, hard standing Principal Group Rates: £9 per person for Gardens; £3 per person for Steam Railway, if booked in advance (£4 on day). Groups constitute 15 or more paying individuals. Gardens entrance required to purchase railway tickets. Free Group Organiser visit and Coach Driver incentives. Catering available for Groups: Group lunch menus available. Guided tours of Gardens available. Special events.

Contact name for Group Bookings: Liz King Main periods of operation: Trains run daily from late June until late September; on most days during March, April, May & June; and on selected days in October and December Coach parking facility: Free coach parking available on tarmac hardstanding, in part of main car park at Havenstreet Station Group Rate for groups of 20+: Adults £7.50, Child (5-15) £4.50 Group Rate for groups of 10 to 20: Adults £9, Child (5-15) £5 Maximum group size that can be accommodated: 200 Catering available for Groups: The licensed Refreshment Rooms are ideal for a warming meal, a light bite, or a scrumptious cream tea! Conference Facilities available: (10 – 60 person capacity) Catering provided

The Estate Office, Exbury, Southampton, Hants SO45 1AZ Tel: 023 8089 1203 • Fax: 023 8089 9940 E: info@exbury.co.uk W: www.exbury.co.uk

The Railway Station, Havenstreet, Isle of Wight PO33 4DS Tel: 01983 882204 • Fax: 01983 884515 E: liz.king@iwsteamrailway.co.uk W: www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk

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GET STEAMED UP AT SWANAGE RAILWAY Regular Steam & Diesel Trains

Helpful and Friendly Staff Discounted rates for groups Convenient drop off & pick up points at Swanage and Norden ADVANCED BOO KING &

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All stations are step free and disabled access is available on most trains

swanagerailway.co.uk

01929 425800

@swanrailway

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A SPECIAL DAY OUT! SEE O WE UR BR BSIT O E FO CHUR E RD ETA OR ILS

“Ideal for Groups and Excursions … This Multi Award-Winning Attraction will Charm, Engage and Excite You” WINNER Tourism & Leisure Award IW Chamber of Commerce Awards for Excellence

BEST HERITAGE PROJECT

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South of England Leighton Buzzard Railway

The Mid Hants Railway ‘Watercress Line’

With the centenary of the First World War very much in mind, we invite you to bring your group to experience living history, on a railway which has its roots firmly planted in that dreadful conflict. Demand for Leighton Buzzard foundry sand soared during the war, and after the armistice, lots of narrow-gauge railway equipment—used to supply the battlefields— became available. The Leighton Buzzard Railway was one of several British lines to be built as a result of this windfall, but is the only one still operating. Since the 1960s, it has been a working museum railway, with national accreditation, operated and managed by volunteers. Its collection includes several items from the War Department Light Railways, including this steam engine, No 778, which was built in the USA in 1917 for operation with the British forces. Starting from Page’s Park station, on the south side of Leighton Buzzard, the railway runs around the edge of the town, and out into the rolling Bedfordshire countryside, with great views across to the Chiltern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Going at a sedate pace, with sharp curves, steep inclines and level crossings, your party will relive the long-lost era of the English narrow-gauge light railway. The round trip takes 70 minutes by scheduled service, although charter trains can run at other times. Refreshments can be booked in advance at the station buffet, and the Engine Shed Show—a free guided tour of the museum collection—also adds to the time your party spends with us. The Leighton Buzzard Railway is within easy reach of the M1, A5 and A505, and close to other attractions such as Whipsnade, Woburn and Bletchley Park.

Experience the golden age of steam travel at the Watercress Line and let the train take the strain as you sit back, relax and travel through the heart of the English countryside. Whether you are taking a trip down memory lane or creating new ones, it’s the perfect way to unwind and experience the nostalgic sights, sounds and smells of steam travel from a bygone age. Running along the edge of the South Downs National Park in Hampshire, this heritage steam railway starts in New Alresford, just 7 miles from the ancient city of Winchester and famous for its clear chalk streams and watercress farms. Treat your group to a single or return trip back in time as you travel over the ten mile line. Groups can enjoy the wonderful experience of a delicious lunch or afternoon cream tea whilst travelling by steam train. New for 2015, book an onboard leisure learning activity with memory prompts to get your group chatting and sharing memories of the days of steam travel, sitting on your case on a packed holiday train or your days as a train spotter! As the Watercress Line celebrates its 150th anniversary, your group can book a tour to see behind the scenes in the engineering workshops, where the locomotives and carriages are skilfully restored to their full glory. Or you may wish to combine your visit with another local attraction; spend the morning at nearby Jane Austen’s House Museum, Milestones Museum or the Basingstoke Canal and then join this leading heritage railway in the afternoon. Group bookings can be made throughout the operating calendar with discounted fares for 15+ and 30+ available on standard travel days.

Contact name for Group Bookings: Traffic Manager Main periods of operation: Sundays & Bank Holiday weekends; 15th March – 25th October, plus extra days in school holidays and summer months. See website for full information. Coach parking facility: Page’s Park Station, free of charge. Please notify requirements in advance. Principal Group Rates: Adult £7.60, Seniors £6.40, Child (2 -15 years) £4.40, Child (under 2) FREE. Charter train hire also available - ask for details. Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 12 Max: 60 Catering available for Groups: At Page’s Park Station. Please book in advance. Page’s Park Station, Billington Road, Leighton Buzzard, Beds LU7 4TN Tel: 01525 373 888 E: station@lbngrs.org.uk W: www.buzzrail.co.uk

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Contact name for Group Bookings: Karen Butler Main periods of operation: Weekends January to November, Public Holidays, Half Terms & mid week days from May to September, every day in August. Coach parking facility: Free coach parking by prior appointment at Alresford Station. Principal Group Rates: Discounted rates apply to groups of 15+ Adult £14, Senior £13; and 30+ Adult £13, Senior £12. Group Child (2-16yrs) Rate - £8 We also operate multi-destination packages with local attractions: Jane Austen’s House, National Trust property Hinton Ampner, Basingstoke Canal and Milestones Museum. Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 15 Catering available for Groups: Please contact Reservations on 01962 733810 to discuss your particular requirements. Our lunch and afternoon cream teas on the trains are very popular! Conference Facilities available: 10 – 90 person capacity. Catering provided. Steam train trip & driving experience can be included. The Railway Station, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 9JG Tel: 01962 733810 • Fax: 01962 735448 E: info@watercressline.co.uk W: www.watercressline.co.uk

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South of England Swanage Railway

6023 King Edward II demonstrates the travelling post office

Whatever the weather take a journey back in time and enjoy a day of excitement and nostalgia at the award winning Swanage Railway. Sit back and relax in style and enjoy a leisurely 12 mile return trip behind an historic steam locomotive through the beautiful countryside of the Isle of Purbeck, a Designated Area of Natural Beauty, including the stunning views of the ruins of Corfe Castle. The stations at Norden, Corfe Castle, Harmans Cross, Herston and Swanage provide access to historic villages, country walks and the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. Rebuilt from nothing Swanage Railway is one of the country’s most intensively operated steam railways with trains running daily from the end of March to the end of October as well as most weekends throughout the year. In addition the Railway runs regular themed events. A visit to Swanage and Swanage Railway makes an ideal trip in itself or as part of a longer stay in Dorset. It is within easy reach of Bournemouth, Weymouth and The New Forest as well as many other local attractions. There is a lot more here than just steam trains. Whilst passengers travel to Swanage with its blue flag beach, Victorian pier, shops and restaurants they can appreciate the rich history of the area, abundant wildlife, fascinating geology and the influence the region had on authors such as Enid Blyton and Thomas Hardy. As part of their Swanage Railway day out passengers have the opportunity to visit the recently opened Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum next to Norden station. Visitors can discover part of Purbeck’s amazing hidden history and explore the rich ball clay mining history of the region. The Museum tells the story of the clay industry, the narrow gauge railways which served it and the lives of the workers. The Museum is open on selected days April to October. Contact name for Group Bookings: Reservations (01929 475207) Main periods of operation: Trains run daily from the end of March to the end of October as well as most weekends throughout the year. Coach drop off facilities: Norden Park & Ride. Swanage coach drop off facilities adjacent to Swanage Station Principal Group Rates: Singles - Adults £6.00, Children £4.00 (age 3 to 15) Day Returns - Adults £8.50, Children £6.00 (age 3 to 15) Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 15 Catering available for Groups: Buffets at Swanage, Norden & on train Wessex Belle dining trains also available. Groups should be booked in advance. Station House, Swanage, Dorset BH19 1HB Tel: 01929 425800 • Fax: 01929 475208 E: info@swanagerailway.co.uk W: www.swanagerailway.co.uk

Immerse yourself in the Great Western Railway Original four road GWR shed. Other original GWR buildings and structures. 20 former GWR locomotives, including a replica broad gauge locomotive. Over 40 mostly GWR coaches. Over 50 mostly GWR wagons. Four cranes. Working turntable, with demonstrations on steam days. Special events include Day Out With Thomas. • GWR small relics museum • Cafe • Shop • Picnic area

Registered Charity No 272616

EXPERIENCE THE GOLDEN AGE OF STEAM TRAVEL

Sit back, relax and enjoy a delicious lunch or cream tea as you travel through the heart of the English countryside by steam train. Combine your group visit with another local attraction, including Jane Austen’s House Museum, for a full day out.

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Amberley Musuem & Heritage Centre

The Bluebell Railway

Amberley Museum is a 36 acre open air site set in the South Downs National Park dedicated to the industrial heritage of the south east. Take a ride around the Museum on the narrow gauge railway or historic bus. Exhibits include the telecommunications hall, electricity hall, working printshop, lime kilns, road steam engines, radio and TV exhibition, stationary engines and more. As well as the working narrow gauge railway, we are currently developing our section of standard gauge line. Come and visit our loco “Burt” who can be seen at most rail events and by advance appointment. The Museum is also home to traditional craftspeople, such as the woodturners, wheelwrights and blacksmith, with a café, gift shop, nature trails and numerous picnic areas. The Museum hosts a number of events ranging from children’s activity days to classic vehicle shows and the ever popular ale festival. Please see our website www.amberleymuseum.co.uk for a full list. We offer a bespoke service to every group planning a visit to Amberley Museum. We want to make your trip a really memorable day, so please book in advance with the Museum office. • Reduced entry rate for group visitors (parties of ten or more booked in advance) • Free coach parking • Free entry and lunch for coach drivers • Free travel around the Museum site on our narrow gauge railway or heritage bus • Behind the scenes tours • Specialist talks and demonstrations by traditional craftspeople • Access to our education programme of workshops, talks and seminars • Good disabled facilities

The Bluebell Railway was Britain’s first standard gauge heritage railway and began running services in May 1960 from Sheffield Park station, near Haywards Heath in West Sussex, to just outside Horsted Keynes. The line was later extended to Kingscote and work continued on a further extension to take the railway to a new station at East Grinstead. This major project is now complete and the line goes to East Grinstead via Horsted Keynes and Kingscote. Sheffield Park is the main station where most coach parties join. There is a restaurant and bar and also a museum, where many steam locomotives are on display or under restoration. The Bluebell has a huge range of locomotives from small such as Stepney, made famous in the Rev W.V. Awdry’s Thomas the Tank Engine books, to large Pacifics such as Battle of Britain class Sir Archibald Sinclair, which returned to service in 2009. There is coach parking available at the station. The journey from Sheffield Park is a pleasant run through woods and fields, and in spring you’ll see the bluebells that give the line its name. It passes through Horsted Keynes station and on to Kingscote. The return journey takes 90 minutes and groups are recommended to travel on the 11:00, 13:00 or 15:00 services as these have better facilities including toilets and a buffet car light refreshment service. There are several packages available including ‘Ploughman’s Plus’ on the 13:00 train which includes a ploughman’s lunch on board, or a ‘Steam & Cream’ on the 15:00 train which includes a cream tea. There is also the chance to buy a joint ticket to include the National Trust’s Sheffield Park Gardens, approximately 1 mile away. The Bluebell Railway is a popular location for film makers and has appeared in The Wind in the Willows, The Railway Children, Station Jim, The Ruby in the Smoke, Miss Potter, Poirot and many other period productions.

Contact for Group Bookings: office@amberleymuseum.co.uk Main periods of operation: 4th March – 1st November 2015 Coach parking facility: Yes and free Principal Group Rates: Adults: £8.80, Concessions: £7.80, Children (4-15yrs): £4.70 Number of passengers required for Group Rate: 10 or more Catering available for Groups: Yes (arrange in advance of visit) Conference Facilities available: Yes (arrange in advance of visit)

Contact name for Group Bookings: Customer Services

Amberley, Near Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9LT Tel: 01798 831370 • Fax: 01798 831831 E: office@amberleymuseum.co.uk W: www.amberleymuseum.co.uk

Sheffield Park Station, East Sussex TN22 3QL Tel: 01825 720800 • Fax: 01825 720804 E: info@bluebell-railway.co.uk W: www.bluebell-railway.com

Main periods of operation: Every weekend & daily May-October. Some dates require advance booking. Coach parking facility: At Sheffield Park Station Principal Group Rates: £12.50 Adults or £6.25 Children; Groups 10+; If booking 3+ dates: £11.00 Adults £5.50 Children Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 10 Max: none Catering available for Groups: Licensed restaurant at Sheffield Park Station.

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Tenterden’s Steam Railway Welcomes Groups

10% discount on fares for 15+

On train catering includes Fish & Chips or Ploughman’s for lunch, or afternoon Cream Teas.

Some notable 2015 events:

1940s Weekend - 2, 3 & 4 May CAMRA Beer Festival - 20 June Hop Festival - 12 & 13 September

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The Lavender Line is part of the former Lewes to Uckfield Railway opened on 18th October 1858. Between 1859 and 1922 the line was operated by the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway and passed into the ownership of the Southern Railway in 1923. In 1948 it then became part of the nationalised British Railways Southern Region. In its heyday, the line saw extensive use by local, London, Brighton, Tunbridge Wells and Dover services. However, due to a combination of factors including the Beeching cuts and the unsafe bridges on the approach to Lewes, the line was closed on 22nd February 1969. In the 1980s the railway passed into private hands and the then owner started to rebuild the track.

Alas he was not able to continue with the line and it was sold to the current preservation society in the early 1990s. Isfield station has now been restored to early Southern Railway colours and looks very much as it would have done in the 1920's and 30's. The track has been extensively overhauled and modified since the society took over and the line is approx one mile long. Why are we called the Lavender Line? This is because the coal merchants which used to operate from Isfield station yard were A.E. Lavender and Sons of Ringmer and uniquely Isfield retains its old coal office which has been restored and now houses our model railway.

Address: The Lavender Line, Isfield Station, Near Uckfield, East Sussex TN22 5XB Tel: 01825 750515 Website: www.lavender-line.co.uk

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South East Kent & East Sussex Railway

The Lavender Line

The Kent & East Sussex is a fine example of a rural light railway. The line is a tribute to Colonel Stephens, a man who created many “light railways” around the turn of the 19th/20th Centuries. The line gently wends its way through the Rother valley from Tenterden, in Kent, to Bodiam, in East Sussex, where its terminus station is set beside Bodiam Castle, crossing the border of two of southern England’s most rural counties with views of oast houses and even vineyards. Once used to transport hops and hop pickers, the railway was known locally as the ‘Hoppers’ Line’. There is a brewery a stone’s throw from Northiam station and another that relocated from Rolvenden to the Tenterden station site just last year.

The Lavender Line is a railway that boasts a fantastic family atmosphere in the heart of Isfield, East Sussex.

Tenterden town station has a restaurant and gift shop. There is also a museum which tells the story of Colonel Stephens and his contribution to railway history. Light railways could be built without all the heavy engineering required of more conventional railways, allowing many rural communities to be connected by rail before widespread car ownership and use of buses and lorries brought an end to their short lives. This is a standard gauge line but he had influence over many railways, including the narrow gauge Ffestiniog, in North Wales. Groups have a variety of travel options and there is prebookable on-train catering available too. A downloadable Group Visits leaflet is available from their website. Single and return journeys are available, the round trip taking approximately 1¾ hours. What else is in the area? Bodiam Castle a National Trust property built in 1385 is a 10-minute walk from the railway’s western terminus. Joint itineraries are available with the castle and also for the Boating Station at Northiam station and the nearby Biddenden Vineyards. Contact name for Group Bookings: Sales Office Main periods of operation: Please refer to timetable. Daily service 25th July – 3rd September. Coach parking facility: Ample and free at Tenterden & Northiam Stations

The railway operates a two mile round trip through the peaceful Sussex countryside, hauled by either a heritage diesel or steam locomotive. Completion last year of Worth at the end of the line now means that we have a destination, a fantastic viewing and photography point and also a lovely place to picnic in the summer. The children’s play area, picnic areas all over the site, and toilet facilities including disabled toilet with baby changing unit means that everyone can enjoy a great day out. Experience the listed Isfield signal box where both adults and children can get hands on operating the levers. Don’t miss out on the woodland observation area, an ideal place for photographers high on the embankment or another place to picnic away from the bustle of the station. Visit our coach housing a museum showing the history of the line and era of railways. Other facilities include the gift shop and the railway station’s ‘Cinders Buffet’ serving breakfasts assorted hot and cold meals, snacks and drinks during opening times.

Contact name for Group Bookings: Marion Taylor Main periods of operation: Every Sunday throughout the year. Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays during February, October half term school holidays and during August.

Principal Group Rates: 10% discount on standard fares for 15+

Coach parking facility: Yes - room for several coaches on site. There is also turning room.

Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 15

Principal Group Rates: 10% discount on entrance fees

Catering available for Groups: Both at Tenterden Station and on train, cream teas, ploughman’s lunches, fish & chips.

Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 10

Conference Filming facilities available: (50 person capacity) Catering provided. See website for details. Tenterden Town Station, Tenterden, Kent TN30 6HE Tel: 01580 765155 • Fax: 01580 765654 E: enquiries@kesr.org.uk W: www.kesr.org.uk

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The line was opened in October 1858, then known as the Lewes and Uckfield Railway Company, and on 23rd February 1969, the railway ran its last train between Uckfield and Lewes before closure.

Catering available for Groups: Buffet on site serving hot & cold food and drinks. Isfield Station, Isfield, Nr Uckfield, East Sussex TN22 5XB Tel: 01903 761455 E: mariontaylor0@googlemail.com W: www.lavender-line.co.uk

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We have a whole host of great special events in the coming months. Visit our website for further details. OPEN MOST WEEKENDS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR AND DAILY FROM MARCH TO OCTOBER.

For our website and on-line shop, visit www.rhdr.org.uk Telephone 01797 362353 Email info@rhdr.org.uk

Station Road, Amberley, Near Arundel, West Sussex BN18 9LT 01798 831370 – office@amberleymuseum.co.uk

c~åí~ëíáÅ=a~óë=lìí=~í= ^ãÄÉêäÉó=jìëÉìã We offer a bespoke service to every group planning a visit. We want to make your trip a really special day to remember. Please book in advance with the office. • Reduced entry rate for pre-booked groups of ten or more • Free coach parking • Free entry and lunch for coach drivers • Free travel around the Museum site on our narrow gauge railway or heritage bus • Behind the scenes tours • Specialist demonstrations and talks by traditional craftspeople • Access to our education programme of workshops, talks and seminars • Good disabled facilities • Catering available Full details on our website or call us today.

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South East Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway

Spa Valley Railway

88 years of Steam Railway Heritage set against the backdrop of some of Kent’s most picturesque countryside is what makes a journey on the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway a totally unique experience and is why this Heritage Railway is one of Kent’s Top Visitor Attractions.

The Spa Valley Railway operates most weekends and every bank holiday from 14th March until 1st November between Tunbridge Wells West and Eridge where there is a mainline connection with Southern on the Uckfield to London Bridge service via Oxted and East Croydon. In addition trains operate on select midweek days during the summer months and school holidays from Tunbridge Wells West to Groombridge for steam or to Eridge by DEMU.

The Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway is proud to operate the most complete collection of one third full size Steam Locomotives in the world. 13½ miles of track stretch across the picturesque Romney Marsh from the Cinque Port town of Hythe to Dungeness; one of the largest expanses of shingle in the world & designated as a National Nature Reserve. Six Stations span the length of the line, with each one being in easy reach of either clean beaches, amusements for the children, shops, nature walks, cycling paths or at Dungeness, the Old Lighthouse. Why not make best use of our famous RomneyRover ticket (£17ad, £15conc, £8.50ch 3-15yrs, £45.00 2ad & up to 3ch or 1ad & up to 4ch) and hop on and off trains all day long! Stop at New Romney Station and visit our Model Railway Exhibition and, from Easter to September, our 1940’s Exhibition. Group discounts available on most trains. Open most weekends throughout the winter, with a daily service from the end of March to the end of October, free car/coach parking at most stations, railway shops and cafés, and facilities for our visitors with mobility problems, the RH&DR is the any weather, all generations great day out. For Timetable information, details of our Special Events or to visit our on-line shop go to www.rhdr.org.uk.

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Joint tickets are available with Groombridge Place Gardens which are a short way-marked 10 minute walk from Groombridge Station. Alternatively there is access at Groombridge Station for coaches to collect passengers and drive the short distance to the Gardens. The Railway offers fish & chip lunches and cream teas (prebooked only) and these can be added in conjunction with Groombridge Place. Tunbridge Wells West Station is adjacent to the Coach Park and a short 5-10 minute walk from the historic Georgian Pantiles shopping arcade which is full of interesting independent shops and cafes and restaurants. Guided walks can be arranged through the Tourist Information Centre. There is a range of special events throughout the year including Saturday evening fish & chip specials, a Diesel gala and beer festival, and various children’s events. Full details about the railway can be found on our website: www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk or telephone 01892 537715 (an answerphone service may operate on some days) or email us on enquiries@spavalleyrailway.co.uk We look forward to welcoming you to the Spa Valley Railway in 2015.

Contact name for Group Bookings: Andrew Kanter Main periods of operation: Most weekends throughout the year and each day from end of March to end of October Principal Group Rates: Group discounts available on most trains. Visit www.rhdr.org.uk to see our selection of Combined Day Tours, including our own 1940’s Guided Tours. Day Rover Ticket: Adult £17.00 Child £8.50 (3-15yrs) Conc £15.00 Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 20 Max: Can cater for large groups but must be pre-booked. Catering available for Groups: Full self-service restaurant, plus snacks/ sandwiches at New Romney, Dungeness stations. Group meals can be arranged but must be pre-booked. Refreshment facilities at Hythe station. Open all running days.

Contact name for Group Bookings: Carol Barnett Main periods of operation: Weekends and public holidays 15th March to 1st November, Thursdays and some Fridays during school holidays within this period, plus Thursdays during June, July and August plus weekends in December for Santa Specials. Coach parking facility: West Station Coach Park is 150 yds from Tunbridge Wells West Station. Principal Group Rates: £1 off adult and SC returns to/from Groombridge or Eridge for groups of 20+. Joint ticket with admission to Groombridge Place Gardens available with group rates for groups of 12+. Special fares for School groups booked on Thursdays during June & July of £3.50 per child. Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 20 Catering available for Groups: Cream teas available on the train at £4.50 supplement per person (max. 48). Fish & Chip Specials offered on any operating day for groups of 40+. Teas and coffees also served on the train if required.

New Romney Station, New Romney, Kent TN28 8PL Tel: 01797 362353 • Fax: 01797 363591 E: info@rhdr.org.uk W: www.rhdr.org.uk

West Station, Nevill Terrace, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 5QY Tel: 01892 537715 E: enquiries@spavalleyrailway.co.uk W: www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk

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South West Avon Valley Railway

Babbacombe Cliff Railway

Finding new destinations for day trips must be getting more and more difficult. However, we’d like to offer you a trip with a difference – into our past:

Babbacombe Cliff Railway provides the easiest way to travel down the cliffs from Babbacombe Downs to the delightful Oddicombe Beach. Built in 1926 and situated on the South West Coast Path on the stunning English Riviera, it transports nearly 100,000 people each year up and down the cliffs.

Our trips provide a scenic boat trip on the River Avon and a steam train journey where a cream tea is served to you at your table on the train. The scenic boat trip comprises an hour’s cruise in comfort and style around Bristol’s historic Harbour. You can relax as you enjoy the sights and sounds of historic landmarks and modern developments, including the view of Brunel’s great ship the “ss Great Britain” in the original dock where she was built. Your steam train awaits your arrival at our countryside station, and you are escorted to your reserved seats in our period carriages. Your journey takes you into the scenic Avon Valley, crossing high above the River Avon, away from the hustle and bustle of modern-day life. Sit back, relax and enjoy the tranquillity. The waiter offers you some refreshment – two large scones with butter, jam and cream, washed down with a cup of tea or coffee. With journey times of less than an hour from Gloucester, Swindon or Taunton – and free coach parking, free meal and travel ticket for the driver – access to this part of our heritage couldn’t be easier. All of this is available from just £17 per person, so give us a call and get all steamed up for all the right reasons.

As you alight from the Cliff Railway and walk along the promenade you’ll find the Babbacombe Cliff Railway Visitor Centre which is free to wander around so why not pop in and learn more about the history of this fabulous, funicular railway? A couple of fun facts for you: The track is 720 feet long and the cars travel at 500ft per minute. Oddicombe Beach itself is a hidden gem. A beautiful, tranquil bay it is also home to a brand new cafe with indoor and outdoor seating so there will be plenty of delicious things to eat and drink. This lovely little beach is a true delight with all the facilities you could need. The Cliff Railway hosts various special events throughout the year all advertised on Facebook and Twitter as well as the main website www.babbacombecliffrailway.co.uk. Tel: 01803 328750 There is full wheelchair access on the railway and staff will be happy to help in any way they can.

What else is in the area?

2015 Ticket Prices are:

The beautiful Roman city of Bath with its historic attractions is just a few miles away and is a good place to spend some time.

Adult Single - £1.80 Adult Return - £2.00 Child Single £1.20 Child Return - £1.40 Family Return - £6.00

Main periods of operation: Steam trains operate Sundays from Easter to end of October, plus Bank Holidays, Tuesdays to Thursdays during school holidays and Wednesdays in June and July. Diesel services operate on some Saturdays.

Principal periods of operation: We’re open every day from 9.30am from February through until the end of October then weekends until the end of the year. Coach Parking Facility: There is a coach parking layby in the main road by our Top Station or a public car park a few hundred yards away (at Babbacombe Model Village). Group Rates: Minimum number 10 and they then each get 20p off the usual price, as long as the total is paid in one lot rather than individually. Catering: There is a newly refurbished cafe being opened down on the beach this year. It will have indoor and outdoor seating and serve hot and cold food, drinks, ice creams etc.

Coach parking facility: Available on station forecourt Principal Group Rates: 50p discount per ticket Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 20 Max: 60 Catering available for Groups: Cream Teas, snacks, lunches (pre-booking essential) Conference Facilities available: (5 – 40 person capacity): Catering provided. Mobile & static facilities. Bitton Station, Bath Road, Bitton, Bristol BS30 6HD Tel: 0117 932 5538 • Fax: 0117 932 5935 E: info@avonvalleyrailway.org W: www.avonvalleyrailway.org Facebook: www.facebook.com/avrbitton Twitter: @avrbitton

Babbacombe Downs Road, Torquay TQ1 3LF Tel: 01803 328750 E: melanie@babbacombecliffrailway.co.uk W: www.babbacombecliffrailway.co.uk

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South West Bodmin & Wenford Railway

The Bodmin & Wenford Railway is Cornwall’s only full size railway still operated by steam locomotives. Relax in style and enjoy a 13 mile round trip through beautiful countryside evocative of a 1950’s Cornish Branch line. Trains operate from Bodmin General, the line’s main station, to both Bodmin Parkway and Boscarne Junction. Connections can be made with main line railway services at Bodmin Parkway. Boscarne Junction is situated directly adjacent to the Camel Trail recreational footpath and cycle way. The Camel Trail continues along the disused track bed to the fishing village of Padstow. There is a buffet at both Bodmin General and Bodmin Parkway stations, and most services have a buffet and bar on board the train. There is also a gift shop at Bodmin General. Passenger train services operate throughout the year, and run daily from mid-May to mid-October. The railway welcomes parties and groups. Advance booking is essential for groups and generous discounts are available. If arriving by car it is recommended that you join at Bodmin General. The best value ticket is the Freedom of the Line and this normally takes about two hours. Great value First Great Western through fares available to Bodmin Parkway and it’s simple to change for the Bodmin & Wenford Railway. Heritage diesel locomotives operate occasionally. Guided tours of the locomotive shed and maintenance workshops can be arranged. What else is in the area? Lanhydrock House (National Trust) and Pencarrow House & Gardens are nearby as well as several attractions in Bodmin itself. Further afield, the Eden Project is easily reached, as are historic Fowey and fashionable Padstow.

Dartmouth Steam Railway steam trains travel seven miles along the most spectacular South Devon coast down into the Dart Valley, a designated area of outstanding beauty; with stations at Goodrington Sands, Churston and the beautiful village of Kingswear which sits proudly opposite the pretty Port of Dartmouth.

Contact name for Group Bookings: Bookings Team

Contact name for Group Bookings: Sarah Jordan

Main periods of operation: Selected dates Feb-May, daily 2 May - 4 October 2015, selected dates October-December

Main periods of operation: February - December 2015 (with a selected dates timetable in November & December). Santa Specials in December.

Coach parking facility: FREE parking available for coaches at Bodmin General Station by prior arrangement. Principal Group Rates: Freedom of the Line (All Day Rover) Ticket Groups of 25+: Adult - £10, Child - £4.80, Senior Citizen - £9.20; Groups of 10-24: Adult - £11.25, Child - £5.40, Senior Citizen - £10

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Dartmouth Steam Railway & Riverboat Company

Dartmouth River Boats operates on the stunning River Dart offering daily scheduled services to the historic town of Totnes and regular services to the picturesque village of Dittisham. Harbour Cruises operate daily from Dartmouth. We are unique in offering combined steam railway, river and sea adventures for days out in Devon. The Round Robin is an award-winning full day out - a steam train journey, ferry crossing, river cruise and bus ride, it is easy to see why it’s got the title it deserves. Other trips include:Cruises on the historic paddle steamer Kingswear Castle, the last remaining coal-fired paddle steamer in the UK. “Sea Train Adventure”. Departs from Torquay, Haldon Pier. Sail to Dartmouth and return by steam train and bus. “Salcombe Voyage”. Sail along the coast from Dartmouth to the lovely port of Salcombe on selected dates throughout the summer. “Steam & Cruise”. Paignton to Kingswear by steam train followed by a circular harbour cruise. Plus lots of other fantastic excursions and combinations!

Coach parking facility: No coach park but two minutes away from multi-storey car park Principal Group Rates: Please call for a timetable or visit our website Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 20 Max: 300

Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 10 Max: 200

Catering available for Groups: Cafés at both Paignton & Kingswear.

Bodmin General Station, Lostwithiel Road, Bodmin, Cornwall PL31 1AQ Tel: 01208 73555 E: enquiries@bodminrailway.co.uk W: www.bodminrailway.co.uk

Queen’s Park Station, Torbay Road, Paignton, Devon TQ4 6AF Tel: 01803 555 872 • Fax: 01803 664 313 E: bookings@dsrrb.co.uk W: www.dartmouthrailriver.co.uk

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South West Dean Forest Railway

Celebrating 125 years of continuous service

In the relatively less well explored part of Gloucestershire, between the rivers Severn and Wye, is a delightful remnant of an extensive system of tramroads and railways which once served the extensive industries of the Forest of Dean. A little more than four miles of typical single line has been brought back to life featuring, at the south end, Lydney Junction, near the harbour on the river Severn and with a connection to the national network, and Parkend at the northern end in the heart of the forest. Currently, Great Western locos predominate on the DFR and also a small fleet of diesel railcars and some heritage mainline diesels for occasional use also. Unusually, the headquarters of this railway is halfway along its length at Norchard, just north of Lydney, where all the usual facilities exist, including a large flat car/coach park, an interesting accredited museum displaying many artefacts from local lines and for 2015 a newly constructed 70 seat cafe. A round trip on the line takes about an hour and a half but visitors are encouraged to explore the forest’s walks as part of a day out, especially as there are convenient real ale public houses along the line. An all-day rover ticket allows complete flexibility and good value for money. Services start in February and run through until October. Thereafter, Santa and Mince Pie Specials take place in December. On train dining options are available, from a simple coffee and cake, to a full 4 course meal, all whilst being whisked along by a steam engine! Contact name for group bookings: Mrs Lynne Wentworth Main periods of operation: March to Oct & Dec for Santa and Mince Pie Specials Coach parking facility: Large FREE car & coach park at Norchard station on the B4234 just north of Lydney Principal Group Rates: 15% discount offered for groups of 20+. The discount applies to reductions on standard rate fares which apply to normal running days. We DO NOT give group discounts on special days, i.e. DOWT and Santa Specials. Refer to website for days of operation & timings. Standard Fares: Adults £11.00. Senior Citizens £10.00. Children 5 – 16 yrs, £5.00. Family (2A+2C) £30.00 Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 20. Payment: A deposit is required, but full payment can be made on the day BUT before travel, for all members of the group Pre booked catering available for Groups Coach drivers can receive a free return trip on the railway or a redeemable voucher for use in the cafe on the day of the visit. Forest Road, Lydney, Gloucestershire GL15 4ET Tel: 01594 845840 E: Enquires through DFR website W: www.dfr.co.uk

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South West Helston Railway

Launceston Steam Railway

Come and visit Britain’s most Southerly Railway near Helston in Cornwall and enjoy the beautiful setting of the little Helston Railway, as the train trundles through the Cornish landscape taking in stunning views. Experience a ride in our Brake Van - no cushion seats, but a unique view of the line from an open veranda, and feel the Cornish breeze in your hair! Our two mile long ride could leave you glowing!

The Launceston Steam Railway links the historic town of Launceston with the hamlet of Newmills. The line runs for two and a half miles through the glorious Kensey Valley along the trackbed of the old North Cornwall Railway, where once express trains from Waterloo thundered along.

In 2005, a group of railway enthusiasts got together with the aim of reopening part of the old railway branch line from Gwinear Road to Helston that closed in 1964. All that remained was the old track bed and a few of the bridges, and that was overgrown and in poor condition. Eight years later and after a lot of hard work there is now a mile long railway line which has been open to the public for two years. The current railway line runs from Trevarno Farm in the north to the site of Truthall Halt in the south and has some magnificent views towards The Lizard. You can ride either in the diesel shunter or in the brake van, and if you are feeling adventurous, you can stand on the open veranda of the brake van to take in the full glory of the Cornish countryside. What would be better than to finish with a visit to our little shop or have a cup of tea in the buffet and learn more about the project to reopen the branch line, its history and our plans for the future.

Contact name for group bookings: Barbara Barnes, details below. Main periods of operation: Thursdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays from 29th March to 1st November 2015. 10.30am to 4pm. With additional days during July and August – see website for more details and information on events. Coach parking facility: FREE parking. Principal Group Rates: Adult £7; Child £4, Children under 5 free; Family £15, (2 adults + 3 children). Catering available for groups by arrangement: Light refreshments.

Near Helston in Cornwall, Trevarno Farm, Prospidnick, Helston TR14 0RY Tel: 07901 977 597 E: barbara@helstonrailway.co.uk W: www.helstonrailway.co.uk

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Your train is hauled by narrow gauge (2’ 0”) locomotives built in Victoria’s reign, and you can ride in open or closed carriages depending on the weather; whatever you choose, you are assured of a marvellous view. Tickets are “Day Rovers” so you can ride the trains as often as you wish, or you can break your journey for a picnic, to explore the footpaths around the Kensey Valley or visit the Newmills Farm Park. Trains run hourly from 11.00am – 4.00pm. The Station Buffet offers a good choice of hot and cold refreshments, whilst the Shop has a wide range of gifts for all ages, and the book department features an excellent selection of railway books. The museum houses a fascinating collection of items associated with transport, from the days when British engineering was the envy of the world. The station area was once the site of an Augustinian Priory, some of which can be seen by visitors to the Railway. The historic town of Launceston, once the Capital of Cornwall, is well worth a visit, with its Norman castle, the famous carved granite church of St Mary Magdalene, and excellent town museum. Further details at: www.launcestonsr.co.uk and www.visitlaunceston.co.uk Contact name for Group Bookings: Jonathan Mann Main periods of operation: March 29th - April 3rd; April 5th - 10th; May 17th - 22nd; 24th - 29th; 31st; Sundays/Mondays/Tuesdays in June; Daily (except CLOSED on SATURDAYS) July 1st - September 25th; October 25th - 30th. Coach parking facility: Free coach and car park - follow signs to Newport Industrial Estate (SatNav: PL15 8EX) Principal group rates: 15 persons or more: Adults £7.00; Child £4.90 (3-16 years, under 3 free). One adult travels free for every 6 children. If an adult group contains a few children, these will be £4.65. The group organiser or coach driver will receive a complimentary ticket. Train ride and Luxury Cream Tea: Adults £10.50; Children £8.30 must be booked in advance with travel tickets. Number of passengers required for group rate: minimum 15 Catering for groups: by arrangement Launceston, Cornwall PL15 8DA Tel: 01566 775 665 E: jm@lsr.eclipse.co.uk W: www.launcestonsr.co.uk

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South West Lynton & Barnstaple Railway

The legendary Lynton & Barnstaple Railway in North Devon was opened in 1898 and closed in 1935 only 37 years later to universal regret. Affectionately known by locals and visitors alike as the “toy railway”, it was built to the unusually narrow gauge of 1ft 11½in to allow for tighter curves as the track climbed from the Taw estuary on to the heights of Exmoor. In 2004 enthusiasts reopened one mile of the original route from the unspoilt Woody Bay Station 1,000ft above sea level, the highest working station in southern England. Today the railway offers a two-mile round trip by steam train with glorious views down the Heddon Valley to the sea - and across the Bristol Channel to South Wales on a clear day. The station at Woody Bay has been beautifully restored to all its 1930s charm and houses a well-stocked gift shop. There is also a delightful traditional tea-room with a sheltered tea-garden adjoining. The station is easily accessible along the A39 and parking is free. The railway is owned by a charitable trust and operated by a not-for-profit company. What else is in the area? The water-powered Cliff Railway between Lynton and Lynmouth four miles from Woody Bay was also built by Victorian engineers. The standard-gauge West Somerset Railway runs from Minehead to Bishops Lydeard; the coast road from Lynmouth to Minehead is particularly scenic. Arlington Court, a late Georgian National Trust property eight miles west of Woody Bay, has a large carriage collection.

Contact name for Group Bookings: ask for the Commercial Manager Main periods of operation: Easter to end October, December Santa Specials - group bookings will also be considered in November. Coach parking facility: FREE. Space for three coaches at any one time. Principal Group Rates: £4 per person, tickets valid all day Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 10 Max: 200 Catering available for Groups: Cream teas, sandwiches, cakes and beverages etc. Woody Bay Station, Martinhoe Cross, Parracombe, Devon EX31 4RA Tel: 01598 763487 E: enquiries@lynton-rail.co.uk W: www.lynton-rail.co.uk

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ENQUIRIES: 01598 763487

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South West Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway

Seaton Tramway

No group trip to the picturesque towns of Lynton and Lynmouth would be complete without a trip on the world famous funicular Cliff Railway.

Seaton Tramway is one of East Devon’s most loved attractions. Running along the former branch line from Seaton to Colyton, it offers unrivalled views of the Axe valley and its wildlife.

As you ride up and down the 862 foot length of track, from Lynmouth nestling at the foot of the cliffs to Lynton perched 500 feet above, there are stunning views of the Devon coastline and beyond in an area nicknamed ‘England’s Little Switzerland’. This fascinating cliff lift uses only water and the weight of the passengers on board as its motive power. The car going down must weigh more than the one going up to make it work – it is most ingenious and is probably one of the most environmentally friendly tourist attractions in the country. It is open from March until early November from 10:00 each morning, closing times vary. There are nearby public car parks in both towns and plenty of shops and cafés too. The Cliff Top Café is situated at the top of the railway. The cafe offers hot and cold meals, drinks and ice cream throughout the day. Why not stop and refuel while taking in the spectacular views across Lynmouth Bay and the Bristol Channel. 2015: Celebrating 125 years of continuous service!

Contact name for Group Bookings: Ceri Hughes or Ashley Clarke Main periods of operation: Mid February to beginning of November Coach parking facility: Not onsite but nearby in Lynton, Bottom Meadow Carpark & Lynmouth, Lower Lyndale Car park, there is coach parking Principal Group Rates: 10% discount on normal rates for pre-booked groups. Number of passengers required for Group Rate: 25 Our Café can accommodate groups with prior arrangement at the time of booking.

The Esplanade, Lynmouth, North Devon, EX35 6EQ Tel: 01598 753486 E: enquiries@cliffrailwaylynton.co.uk W: www.cliffrailwaylynton.co.uk

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Start your journey at Seaton and ride inland to Colyton one of Devon’s hidden jewels, or start at Colyton and arrive at Seaton, the gateway to the Jurassic Coast. The late Claude Lane founded the tramway in 1949. Initially a portable 15” gauge system, it evolved into the 2’ gauge Eastbourne Tramway in 1954. Claude Lane purchased the Seaton to Colyton section in 1969 and, after moving from Eastbourne, the first section of the 2’9” gauge Seaton Tramway opened in 1970. Seaton Tramway is a great day out for all age groups and even more fun when you’re travelling with a like-minded group! We have open toppers and enclosed saloons, giving a comfortable ride. Whatever the weather groups will enjoy a leisurely trip on the Tramway. Colyton Station also provides a Garden Room and Café where we can accommodate and seat groups of 100+. Buffet lunches, 1, 2, and 3 course hot and cold meals can be booked in advance. We cater for all dietary requirements and can tailor-make any menu to suit your group.

Contact name for Group Bookings: Sue Bowman Main periods of operation: 28 Mar – 1 Nov, 27 Dec & 1 Jan 2016 Coach parking facility: Seaton-East Devon District Council Coach Park & own car park at Colyton Principal Group Rates: Return Journey – Adult £9.00 Children (3-15) £5.90 Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 12 Catering Available for Groups: Devon Cream Tea £4.75, Soup and Sandwich £6.95 to include a drink, Two Course Lunch £11.50 to include a drink – further details on request. Conference Facilities available: (12 – 30 person capacity). Catering provided. Harbour Road, Seaton, Devon EX12 2NQ Tel: 01297 20375 E: info@tram.co.uk W: www.tram.co.uk

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South West South Devon Railway

Take a trip back in time on the South Devon Railway, a delightful steam train journey along the banks of the River Dart, through some of Devon’s most beautiful and hidden countryside on a typical West Country rural branch line. It’s a top destination for groups and parties because it offers a hugely memorable experience with outstanding appeal across all age ranges and interests – and at very attractive rates for groups too. At Buckfastleigh, the main station, there is a riverside walk and picnic area, play area, gardens, a fascinating museum, an absorbing engineering workshop where heritage locomotives from all around the country are repaired and restored, the railway’s fleet of historic locomotives and rolling stock as well as a well-stocked shop and refreshment rooms where a great variety of freshly made food is served. There is also plenty of parking for cars and coaches there. The journey to Totnes takes visitors on a journey through outstanding countryside along the valley of the River Dart, which is rich in wildlife. Passengers can take a single or return journey to the SDR station at Totnes, which is about 500 yards from the main line station and a short walk to the fascinating mediaeval town. The trip is about 30 minutes in each direction. The South Devon Railway’s appeal is very wide: if you want to stay longer and see more, you can combine it with great value ‘3 Great Attractions 1 Amazing Day’ tickets to visit the Totnes Rare Breeds Farm at Totnes and Dartmoor Otters & Buckfast Butterflies next to the station at Buckfastleigh. Buckfastleigh station is just off the A38, midway between Exeter and Plymouth. For more information please visit www.southdevonrailway.co.uk

Contact name for Group Bookings: Neil Smith Main periods of operation: End of March – end of October Coach parking facility: Free at Buckfastleigh Principal Group Rates: Adults from £8.40 Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 20 Catering available for Groups: Our Refreshment Rooms at Buckfastleigh are open every day and serve a range of hot & cold meals.

STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway

A First Class Day Out STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway Fire Fly Avenue, Swindon SN2 2EY Tel: 01793 466646 www.steam-museum.org.uk www.facebook.com/steammuseum @steam_museum

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STEAM – Museum of the Great Western Railway

The Torbay Express

STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway, tells the story of the men and women who built, operated and travelled on the Great Western Railway - ‘God’s Wonderful Railway’. Through the pioneering vision and genius of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, this railway network was regarded as the most advanced in the world. The Museum is housed in a beautifully restored Grade II railway building in the heart of the former GWR Swindon Railway Works. Life-like characters, interactive exhibits and imaginative displays take you through the ages as the story of the Great Western Railway unfolds. Famous locomotives currently on display include GWR Castle Class No 4073 Caerphilly Castle, GWR 7800 Class No 7821 Ditcheat Manor and No 4003 Lode Star - the only remaining GWR 4000 Class locomotive. There’s plenty to do for all ages, including the chance to climb aboard some of the locomotives, ‘drive’ the train simulator, change the points in the interactive signal box and even visit the recreated Seaside Pier with working vintage slot machines. Many special events run throughout the year, including special half-term and summer holiday activities and the Swindon Railway Festival (12 & 13 September). The Museum is open every day, throughout the year (except 24, 25 and 26 December and 1 January). You will find the museum right next to the Swindon Designer Outlet which is tastefully built inside further renovations of the historic GWR Swindon site. From the M4, take junction 16. For all directions, follow the brown tourist signs for Designer Outlet or the ‘M’ for museum sign. STEAM is located in the Rodbourne area of Swindon. Coach parking is in the Designer Outlet North car park.

The Torbay Express is one of the most famous express trains of the post-war years. It follows the route of Brunel’s Great Western Railway, speeding across the Somerset levels and around the beautiful Devon coastline on one of the most enchanting railway journeys in the world. Travelling aboard The Torbay Express with its heritage carriages, comfortable seats, large picture windows and famous locomotives (70000 Britannia, 60009 Union of South Africa and 60163 Tornado) takes you on a journey back to the romantic days of steam and summer excursions to the seaside resorts of the English Riviera. Operating on summer Sundays, 14 June, 26 July, 2 & 23 August, The Torbay Express departs Bristol Temple Meads about 09:10 on its scenic journey to the West and the spectacular coastal route to Torbay. Pick-up stations are Weston-SuperMare and Taunton (Premier Dining not available from here). Arrival back in Bristol is around 20:15. On 24 May, 12 July, 13 & 20 September, The Torbay Express will leave Bristol Temple Meads earlier and pick-up from Bath Spa, Trowbridge, Westbury and Taunton and will get back to Bristol slightly later. Premier Dining (£225) - silver service dining: a glass of Buck’s Fizz and a hearty English breakfast on the outward journey, a glass of champagne on the return is followed by a four course dinner with chocolates and coffee First Class (£145) - complimentary service of morning refreshments and an afternoon Devon cream tea. Standard Class (£95 Adult £60 u16) passengers travel at tables for four. A selection of snacks and drinks are available for purchase on board. Tables for two, with guaranteed window seats can be reserved at a supplement of £25 per person in Premier and First Class. Enjoy a break of up to five hours at seaside Paignton or stay aboard to visit beautiful and historic Dartmouth.

For current admission prices, please see the STEAM website at www.steam-museum.org.uk For group bookings, please call the STEAM Groups Co-ordinator on 01793 466637 or email tnardoni@swindon.gov.uk Or contact STEAM by post at: STEAM – Museum of the Great Western Railway, Fire Fly Avenue, Swindon SN2 2EY Information hotline (24 hours): 01793 466646

Contact name for Group Bookings: Hannah Watts Main periods of operation: May - September Coach parking facility: At pick-up railway stations (Bristol Temple Meads, Bath Spa, Trowbridge, Westbury, Weston-Super-Mare & Taunton) Principal Group Rates: 5% reduction for groups of 10+ rising in increments of 1% for each ten passengers to a maximum of 10% discount Number of passengers required for Group Rate: over 10 Catering available for Groups: Catering included as part of package for First Class & Premier Dining passengers

Fire Fly Avenue, Swindon SN2 2EY Tel. 01793 466637 E: tnardoni@swindon.gov.uk W: www.steam-museum.org.uk

Stag House, Giddynap Lane, Inchbrook, Stroud, GL5 5EZ Tel: 001453 834477 / 835414 • Fax: 01453 834053 E: contact@torbayexpress.co.uk W: www.torbayexpress.co.uk

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South West West Somerset Railway

The West Somerset Railway is a 20 mile heritage steam railway running between Bishops Lydeard (nr. Taunton) and Minehead on the Somerset Coast. All trains are wheelchair accessible and have a Buffet Car and Bar and toilets. We can help plan your day out itinerary with optional add-ons as part of your trip including free guided talks, admission to Dunster Caste and Hestercombe Gardens. For enthusiasts why not visit one of our major special events? Spring Steam Gala – March 26th – 29th. Diesels at Home in the West June 5th – 7th and Autumn Steam Gala on October 1st – 4th. The West Somerset Railway offers a wide range of steam and diesel ‘Driver Experience Courses’. From the novice to expert the courses allow you to realise your ambition and make your long held dreams become reality.

West Somerset Railway Between Bishops Lydeard (near Taunton) & Minehead

Family Character Visit Days: Peppa Pig and Daddy Pig: Saturday 4th April, Postman Pat Visit: Saturday 23rd May, Day Out With Thomas July 4th, 5th & 11th, 12th, Moshi Monsters Visit: Saturday 19th August, Scooby Doo Visit Saturday 31st October. Halloween Trains Saturday 31st October. Dunster Castle Express every Wednesday and Saturday April 4th to November 1st. CAMRA Real Ale Festival September 12th & 13th. Contact name for Group Bookings: Esta Toogood. Tel: 01643 700398 groups@wsrail.net. Main periods of operation: Regular services from February – November and selected dates in Jan, Nov & Dec. Coach parking facility: Free at Bishops Lydeard Station and Minehead Station. See website for other stations. Principal Group Rates: Adults - £10.00, Seniors - £9.50, Children - £5.00 Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 16 Catering available for Groups: Yes, special Catering Menu available. Conference Facilities available: (8 – 16 person capacity – Bishops Lydeard. 12 person capacity - Minehead). Catering provided. The Railway Station, Minehead TA24 5BG Tel: 01643 700384 • Fax: 01643 706349 E: info@wsrail.net W: www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk

England’s Longest Heritage Line 20 miles of Steam train travel between Bishops Lydeard and Minehead, through the Quantock Hills and along the Exmoor Coast via Historic Watchet & Medieval Dunster A year long events programme, catering to all ages and interests. For more details and advance tickets call us on 01643 704996 or go online to www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk

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Beamish, The Living Museum of the North

Derwent Valley Light Railway

Beamish is no ordinary museum – you won’t see ‘please do not touch’ signs or find objects locked away in glass cases – this is hands-on history. Beamish is a whole day out and perfect for day trips or inclusion in short break holidays in North East England. Take a tram ride back to the 1820s, 1910s and 1940s. Explore The Town, Railway Station, Pit Village, Pockerley Old Hall and Waggonway and meet costumed folk from the past. Recent developments at Beamish are extremely popular with visitors. The 1940s Farm is a snapshot of life on the Home Front during the Second World War. The Farm tells the everyday story of the people who lived and worked there - the Land Girls, evacuees and the Home Guard. Explore the farm house and stroll around the farmyard to see how things are changing. The pit pony stables in The Pit Village house the museum’s Shetland ponies. Visitors meet the hard-working ponies, find out about their life underground and their importance in the smooth running of coal mines. Late in 2015, an exciting new addition is expected to open in the 1910s Town. The shop of W Smith will contain a chemist selling Edwardian patent cures and balms, as well as a working photographer’s studio, where visitors will be able to have their photographs taken in period-style costume. Throughout the year, there’s an exciting programme of special events, at no extra charge. The Great North Festival of Transport in April is a celebration of transport of all shapes and sizes. From visiting steam locomotives and trams to traction engines, motorcycles and cars, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. In June there’s a Georgian Fair, in September the five week long Great North Festival of Agriculture and, in December, a whole season of Christmas festivities.

The Derwent Valley Light Railway (DVLR) was opened officially on 19th July 1913 by Lady Deramore. The line was born out of the Light Railways Act of 1896, which permitted local authorities to build and fund private railways. The DVLR remained independent until closure, escaping grouping in 1923 and nationalisation in 1948. The original line ran for 16 miles from York (Layerthorpe) and served a number of rural villages along the Derwent Valley down to Cliff Common near Selby. Due to a decrease in numbers, timetabled passenger services ended in 1926 but freight services continued until final closure in 1981. The line was reduced in length gradually, the final open section being from Layerthorpe to Dunnington. A number of enthusiast trains were operated by the DVLR during the mid- to late-1970s in conjunction with the National Railway Museum. Currently, the only remaining section of the line is that based at Murton Park, the base of the Yorkshire Museum of Farming.

Main Season – 28th March to 1st November 2015. All period areas open, 7 days a week, from 10am to 5pm. Winter Season – 2nd November 2015 to 18th March 2016 Christmas at Beamish - 14th November to 24th December 2015 Open 10am to 4pm, closed Mondays, Fridays and Christmas Day NB not all areas open midweek during winter and Christmas season. Last admission always 3pm. Allow at least 4 hours for a summer visit and up to 3 hours for a winter visit. Group admission charges (for parties of 15 or more) Adult – £12.00, Senior/student - £10.50, Child £6.00 (under 5s free) Winter Discount (Tues to Thurs):-Adult/senior/student - £6.50, Child £5 Free admission for coach driver and Group Visit Organiser. Hospitality for coach drivers. Free coach parking on hardstanding. Vouchers accepted by prior arrangement.

All-day train rides are included in the admission price to Murton Park. Current prices (2015) are: Adults: £6.50 Concessions: £5.50 Children: £4.50 (under 3s are free) Family: £18.00 (two adults and two children) Special prices apply for the Santa Specials. Reductions are available for groups, along with pre-booked guided tours (weekends only for the DVLR). Museum site open 10 am – 5 pm from 4th April 2015. DVLR services operate from 10.30 or 11.00 (check website for details) every Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday from April – end of September. Facilities – Car Park • Toilets • Museum attractions • Museum Shop • Station Shop • Cafe and vending machines • Disabled Access

The Group & Venue Sales Team, Beamish Museum, Beamish, County Durham DH9 0RG Tel: 0191 370 4026 E: bookings@beamish.org.uk W: www.beamish.org.uk

Derwent Valley Light Railway, c/o Yorkshire Museum of Farming, Murton Lane, Murton, York. YO19 5UF Tel: 01904 489966 W: www.dvlr.org.uk

In the late 1980s, the surviving trackbed was donated to the Yorkshire Museum of Farming. Since then, the single-track, half-mile line has been developed into a fully operational railway with signalling, a run-round loop, platform and station building, the latter being an original DVLR structure formerly at Wheldrake. The station building now houses the Society shop, along with numerous artefacts that chart the line’s history. The operation of passenger trains began again in 1993 and trains now operate every Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday from April until the end of September. A number of additional running days are held throughout the year for special events, including the increasingly-popular Santa Special services during December. Today, the railway is run entirely by volunteers from the DVLR Society and what you see before you is the result of over 20 years’ hard work.

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Yorkshire & North East Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway

Situated just outside Skipton in North Yorkshire, the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway runs 4 miles between the award winning station at Bolton Abbey and the Victorian Embsay station. The railway has long experience dealing with group visits and many visit us regularly. Trains are hauled by magnificently restored steam engines with seating normally in open carriages so you can all sit together. Both main station facilities are well able to cope with groups with ample toilets, gift shops and there is a large tea room at Bolton Abbey Station. There is ample free coach and car parking at both Bolton Abbey and Embsay Stations. Groups are welcomed with reserved seating on the trains and catering can be arranged to suit the organiser’s requirements, from tea and scones on the trains up to a full meal in the cafe.

Yorkshire’s great little steam trains 3 12 miles of narrow gauge scenic railway set in the South Pennine foothills. Café, Tea Room, Large Car Park, Picnic Area and souvenir shop. 4 resident steam locomotives and 1 diesel engine. Kirklees Light Railway, Park Mill Way, Clayton West, Nr Huddersfield HD8 9XJ Contact us on; 01484 865727 or www.kirkleeslightrailway.com info@kirkleeslightrailway.com

The railway holds a number of special events particularly popular with our group visitors such as our 1940’s Weekend in September and for our younger visitors Santa Specials in November and December. Increasingly, groups are also visiting over the Christmas Holidays as part of an inclusive package. Near to Embsay is the attractive market town of Skipton with its popular canal and castle and of course the world famous Bolton Priory is at the other end of the line and we are close to Harrogate, York, Leeds and Bradford, all of which are towns and cities with great accommodation for groups. We welcome group visits so please give us a try. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. Contact name for Group Bookings: Stephen Walker Main periods of operation: All Year Coach parking facility: Ample - up to 30 spaces at Bolton Abbey Station Principal Group Rates: Adult £8.00 Return / £5 Single Concession £7.20 Return/£4.50 Single Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 20 Catering available for Groups: 2 Cafes plus Buffet Cars Conference Facilities available (70/80 person capacity): Catering provided and special Wine & Dine Service available. Bolton Abbey Station, Bolton Abbey, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 6AF Tel: 01756 710614 • Fax: 01756 710720 E: embsay.steam@btinternet.com W: www.embsayboltonabbeyrailway.org.uk

EscapE to thE Moors and coast Get away from the hustle and bustle as you climb on-board a steam or heritage diesel engine for a delightful scenic journey through heartbeat country. relax in cosy compartments and wood panelled carriages on the world’s most popular heritage railway as you enjoy the enchanting landscapes of the national park. discounts available for groups 20+

For more inFormation visit w w w.nymr .co.uk , call 01751 472 508. Follow us on @ nymr and north yorkshire moors r ailway registered charity number 501388

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Yorkshire & North East Head of Steam – Darlington Railway Museum

Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum is located in North Road Station on the 1825 route of the Stockton & Darlington Railway, the world’s first steam-worked public railway. The museum is devoted to the area formerly served by the North Eastern Railway, with particular reference to the Stockton & Darlington Railway, and the railway industry of Darlington. Exhibits include Stephenson’s ‘Locomotion No. 1’, built for the opening of the Stockton & Darlington Railway, it is one of the oldest surviving steam engines in the world and the first ever steam train to carry fare paying passengers. ‘Derwent’ is the earliest surviving Darlington built locomotive. Both locomotives are on loan from The National Railway Museum. A range of smaller items including station and lineside signs, uniforms, furniture, tableware and paintings, complement the larger exhibits. The entrance hall and ticket office are restored in period style, enhanced by displays of items such as porters’ barrows, luggage, posters and advertising signs. The museum also has a dedicated research centre, The Ken Hoole Study Centre, which has an extensive collection of documentary material, photographs, plans, books and periodicals. We have a shop with souvenirs to suit all tastes and pockets and the Refreshment Stop provides hot and cold drinks and snacks. Opening Times April - Sept: Mon - Closed . Tue - Sun 10am – 4pm Oct - Mar: Mon/Tues- Closed. Wed - Sun 11am – 3.30pm (Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and NY Day) Adult: £4.95 6-16 yrs old: £3.00 Concession: £3.75 5 yrs & under Free Family Day Pass £10.00 Single Annual Membership £10.00 Family Annual Membership £15.00

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

This lovely standard gauge heritage railway is all you would expect from a period north country branch line, with engines puffing gallantly up the steep gradients through the Worth Valley. It is perhaps best known for its starring role in the classic 1970 film The Railway Children. Stand on the bridge and watch the vintage steam trains pass by, and hop off at the Edwardian Oakworth station, a key setting within the film. Several of the railway’s steam locomotives featured in the film. Being such a beautifully maintained 1950’s line, the railway is also a popular location for film and TV programmes including Sherlock Holmes, Last of the Summer Wine and many more. This is truly a railway for all seasons with wild birds and flowers abundant in the summer, and atmospheric gas lamps lighting the stations in winter. The five-mile journey offers views of windswept moors, rushing streams and stone-built villages, and most of the stations along the route are little pieces of history in themselves, with original features galore. For those who like the great outdoors the Railway has plenty of spectacular walks and nature trails. Try the Top Withens Walk taking you out of Haworth, the village where the Brontë sisters lived and wrote, along the pathways they walked and through the moorland that inspired them. At Ingrow West you will find two award winning transport museums, boasting several incredible Victorian and Edwardian carriages, sound and video presentations, several locomotives as well as displays, exhibits and archive film. Onboard catering is available, as well as real ale bars to whet your whistle. Try one of the guided tours, which include behind the scenes visits for enthusiasts. Special Events run throughout the year, including a Railway Children Weekend and a Haworth Village 1940s Weekend. Visit our website for details. There are car parks at most stations but Oxenhope is the best place for coaches with a large car park, shop and buffet.

Main periods of operation: Every weekend throughout the year & daily in summer months. See website for full timetables. Coach parking facility: Oxenhope & Ingrow Station Principal Group Rates: Please call us for further details. Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 20

Groups and coach parties: For groups of 10 or more you receive one free pass for every 10 paying visitors. For every group of 30 people or more the travel operator goes free too! Station Road, Darlington, DL3 6ST Tel: 01325 405060 E: headofsteam@darlington.gov.uk W: www.head-of-steam.co.uk Twitter: @HeadofSteamMus, Facebook: headofsteammuseum

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The Railway Station, Station Road, Haworth, Keighley BD22 8NJ Tel: 01535 645214 E: admin@kwvr.co.uk W: www.kwvr.co.uk

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Yorkshire & North East Kirklees Light Railway

‘Locomotion’ NRM Shildon

Running along the route of the old Clayton West Branch Line, the Kirklees Light Railway is a popular heritage attraction for all ages. Climb aboard Yorkshire’s Great Little Steam trains for a scenic 3 ½ mile journey along the 15 inch narrow gauge railway between Clayton West and Shelley, through the beautiful South Pennine Foothills. Shelley, situated high on the valley side offers splendid views of the surrounding countryside.

The museum is arranged as a number of stops along a 1km demonstration line with the trail starting at the 19th-century welcome building. The original Sans Pareil is on display here. The second building is Timothy Hackworth’s house and it contains several activities about the history of Shildon. Next is the Soho Warehouse which is a stone building that was a railway workshop, having originally been an iron merchant’s store. The fourth stop is the former goods shed for the town, with most incoming and outgoing goods being delivered to the railway by horse and cart. The building is built partially from recycled stone sleeper blocks, the old fixing slots being visible in the wall. Pre-book your group visit and enjoy additional benefits when visiting Locomotion.

Passengers will be able to watch the engines turned on the turntable and enjoy homemade treats in the Buffer Stop Café and Tea Room. At each end of the line are outdoor play area and picnic areas where adults can relax whilst the little ones “let off steam”. A miniature railway at Clayton West is often available to provide rides around the duck pond. The souvenir shop is located at Clayton West and provides plenty of choice for gifts and mementos of your visit to the railway. The railway also connects with various local footpaths which pass through the local villages and surrounding area. Why not make your visit a little longer, with a visit to the engine shed located at Clayton West. The Kirklees Light Railway has a large free car park to offer convenient coach park and is located within 5 miles of the M1. There are several local attractions within a close distance to the railway including the National Coal Mining Museum, the village of Holmfirth and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The Peak District is also a short drive away.

We offer a pre-bookable guided tour service. Our knowledgeable Explainers provide a fascinating insight into the history of the railway town of Shildon, and the Collection at Locomotion. A half day tour costs £1.55 per person, subject to a minimum charge of £26.50. It’s essential to book your guided tour in advance. Your group can enjoy footplate access to an iconic locomotive. Your group can enjoy a FREE steam ride at Locomotion if visiting during one of our scheduled steam days. To enjoy these additional benefits it is essential to book in advance. Hire a steam locomotive and your group can enjoy an exclusive steam ride - packages start from £500, for further information please call 01388 771445.

Contact name for Group Bookings: Stuart Ross or Nicola Wilcock Main periods of operation: Weekends and June through to September Coach parking facility: Large free car & coach park Principal Group Rates: 15-29 Persons: Adult £5.50, Concession £5, Child £4.50, 30+ Persons: Adult £5, Concession £4.50, Child £4. On non-operating days, there is a minimum charge of £125. Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 15 Max: Contact for details Catering available for Groups: Cafe & tearoom serving drinks and hot & cold food. Park Mill Way, Clayton West, Nr Huddersfield HD8 9XJ Tel: 01484 865727 Fax: 01484 866333 E: info@kirkleeslightrailway.com W: www.kirkleeslightrailway.com

Contact Name : Pamela Porter Opening Hours: 10 – 4 till March 31st and then from April 10 – 5pm then from 1st October 10 -4 Coach Parking Facility: Yes Principal Group Rates: Free Admission but request Donations Number of Passengers Required for Group rate: N/A Catering available for Groups: Yes Conference Facilities: Yes

NRM Shildon, “Locomotion”, Shildon, Co Durham, DL4 1PQ Tel: 01388 771445 E: groupsbookings@nrm.org.uk W: www.nrm.org.uk/PlanaVisit

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Yorkshire & North East National Railway Museum

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Discover over 200 years of history and a million wonderful railway objects at the world’s greatest Railway Museum. Explore our giant halls full of engines and railway legends from Mallard, the world’s fastest steam locomotive to an awe-inspiring working replica of Stephenson’s early Rocket. Climb on board iconic locomotives, discover hidden treasures in our Warehouse and make time for our latest exhibition in our Gallery.

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is a great day out for groups of all ages with trains running every day from the 28th March to 1st November between Whitby and Pickering. Also at weekends and on school holidays in winter between Pickering and Grosmont Station.

Immerse yourself in our atmospheric Station Hall. Get on board historic carriages and travel back in time to experience the working life of a historic railway station. Station Hall also houses our collection of Royal Vehicles. From the opulent carriages of Queen Victoria to the armour-plated war transport of George VI, there’s plenty of incredible history and fascinating stories to discover. Groups can enjoy our range of free guided talks and tours which take place daily. For details and times pick up our daily diary when you arrive. Enhance your visit by spending some extra time in one of our unique cafes, restaurants and shops. We also have the Countess of York, an extravagant Pullman carriage that can be pre-booked to satisfy a more luxurious of taste.

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Why not get away from the hustle and bustle of city life and climb aboard a steam train like Harry Potter for the ultimate trip through Heartbeat Country in cosy compartments on the world’s most popular heritage railway. Journey into the heart of the North York Moors whilst relaxing in your comfy seat and enjoy the enchanting landscapes of the National Park as you steam through the glacial valley. Stop off at Levisham, Goathland or Grosmont Station and embark on an energising walk through the countryside, before rewarding yourself with a tea and cream scone in a station tea room. Why not explore the market town of Pickering or head to the coast and to Whitby to sample the best Fish and Chips in Yorkshire. Group rates are applicable for pre-booked groups of 20 or more throughout the main running season with the exception of Special Event days. One coach driver or Tour Guide is permitted to travel free of charge provided that there are a minimum of 20 people in the group. Why not add on a little something extra special for your group with a visit to the engine sheds or pre-order a packed lunch to greet your group on-board when they arrive. All bookings and extras are subject to availability and must be pre-booked at least 14 days prior to the date of travel.

Contact name for Group Bookings: Customer Services team Opening hours: Open daily:10am-6pm. Closed: 24-26 December. Coach parking facility: Reserve coach parking to receive 2 for 1 rides on our road train, a 10% discount voucher in our shop and a free hot meal for your coach driver. Principal Group Rates: Free admission Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Free admission Catering available for Groups: Yes Conference Facilities available: Yes

Contact name for Group Bookings: Gerry Bacon Main periods of operation: 28 March - 1 November 2015 Coach parking facility: Not at stations, coach parking available in Pickering, Eastgate Car Park or Goathland in the village. Principal Group Rates: Prices on application, group rates available for 20 or more fare-paying passengers. Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 20 Max: 100 Catering available for Groups: Tearooms at Pickering, Goathland & Grosmont. Tea hut at Levisham. Pre-booked Packed Lunches.

Leeman Road, York YO26 4XJ Tel: 01904 686263 E: groupbookings@nrm.org.uk W: www.nrm.org.uk

12 Park Street, Pickering, North Yorkshire YO18 7AJ Tel: 01751 472508 E: info@nymr.co.uk W: www.nymr.co.uk

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Discover history makers and record breakers at York’s No. 1 attraction

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Yorkshire & North East Stephenson Railway Museum

Tanfield Railway

Re-live the glorious days of the steam railway at the Stephenson Railway Museum & North Tyneside Heritage Railway in North Shields. George and Robert Stephenson spent 20 years in North Tyneside developing their pioneering ideas which helped spread railways and locomotives around the world. Today the Museum celebrates their achievement. A range of fascinating locomotives are on display including George Stephenson’s ‘Billy’, a forerunner of the worldfamous Rocket. Interactive exhibitions explore how trains work and the impact on peoples’ lives of coal and electricity, crucial in the development of railway power. On running days visitors can take a ride on a passenger train pulled by the ‘Jackie Milburn’ steam engine or heritage diesel locomotives. The Museum is home to: - The early locomotive ‘Billy’ - built in Newcastle around 1826 and used for hauling coal - Steam and diesel locomotives used on Tyneside and elsewhere from as early as the 1880s - An electrically-powered parcels van of 1904 from the pioneering Tyneside suburban electric railway system - An electric locomotive - built in 1909 for use on a colliery line - A fleet of passenger coaches from the 1950s. The museum has a programme of events for families and heritage rail enthusiasts alike. Heritage train rides : train rides take place on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays from 3 April to 1 November. Depending on availability it could be a steam or diesel vintage engine that pulls you in the 1950s carriages! No booking required, pay on the day.

Take a trip on the world’s oldest railway, with a history stretching back to 1725.

Contact person for group bookings and enquiries: Trevor Wilson Free entry and free parking All new for 2015 - Ticket prices now include unlimited Day Rover travel - travel on as many trains as many times as you wish on the day! (Except for special advertised events where this will be a single trip price) Adult ticket: £4.50. Concessions £3.00 Family ticket £10. Season ticket £18 Season ticket (concessions) £12. Season ticket family £35 Please note: Season Tickets do not include train rides and admission to certain advertised special events. Certain events (eg Halloween, Easter and Christmas) carry an additional fee. Café serving snacks, and hot and cold drinks. Middle Engine Lane, North Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE29 8DX Tel: 0191 200 7146 Textphone: 18001 0191 200 7146 W: www.stephensonrailwaymuseum.org.uk

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Enjoy a journey through the picturesque Causey Valley in Victorian style carriages with a lovingly restored steam locomotive. The railway is steeped in history, a perfect addition to any visit to Durham or NewcastleGateshead, just minutes from Beamish, Metrocentre and other attractions. Take a stroll across Causey Arch, a triumph of early engineering and the World’s oldest surviving railway bridge. Step inside Marley Hill engine shed, the oldest building of its type in Europe still carrying out its original role. Guided tours by knowledgeable and friendly staff can be arranged at no extra charge. Our period style refreshment room at Andrews House offers a range of drinks and snacks in the ambience of a countryside station. Trains run every Sunday and Bank Holiday throughout the year, plus selected Thursdays and Saturdays during school holidays. A range of special events take place throughout the year celebrating aspects of railway heritage or providing added attractions for families, photographers and railway enthusiasts. Ample free off road parking available.

Contact name for Group Bookings: Tommy Knox Main periods of operation: Every Sunday & Bank Holiday Monday, plus Wed/Thurs in school summer holidays Coach parking facility: Hardstanding on site Principal Group Rates: £5 per head Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 15

Old Marley Hill, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear NE16 5ET Tel: 0845 463 4938 E: info@ anfield-railway.co.uk W: www.tanfield-railway.co.uk

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Yorkshire & North East Wensleydale Railway

One of the longest operational heritage lines in the UK (22 miles), the railway predominantly runs heritage diesel multiple units and locomotives (with some steam during the summer months). From the flat Vale of Mowbray to the upland splendour of the famous Yorkshire Dales, this beautifully set rural railway line passes through market towns, small villages, woodlands and farmland. Principal stations: Leeming Bar - close to the A1 (junction 51), has a shop and buffet car. Bedale - attractive market town with good range of shops and attractions and The Whistle Stop Café on the station platform. Leyburn - main market town of mid Wensleydale with shops and cafés clustered around the historic market place and Arther’s Tea Bar and shop at the station itself. Redmire - with stunning views across to Penhill, and ideally placed for a walk or cycle further into Wensleydale. There is also a station at Northallerton West, serving the county town of North Yorkshire with trains running on most Wednesdays and Saturdays. For details of exact days of running and for directions to Northallerton West please consult the website. Railway events include: Afternoon Tea Trains and Dining in the Dales, Diesel Gala and Santa Specials. Driver Experience available - Learn to drive a diesel multiple unit (see website for details). Combine the railway with a visit to Bolton Castle (¾ mile walk from Redmire Station), a spectacular medieval fortress over 600 years old. For groups - enjoy a rail journey, guided tour of Bolton Castle and lunch or afternoon tea at castle (min no 15 people).

Main periods of operation: February 2015 to early January 2016 (please see website for full timetable). Coach parking facility: At Leeming Bar & Redmire and nearby at Bedale & Leyburn. Group Discount Rates available (min 12 people). Catering available: Light refreshments / buffet lunch / afternoon tea.

1 Leases Road, Leeming Bar, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL7 9AR Tel:  01677 425805 E: admin@wensleydalerailway.com W: www.wensleydalerail.com

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Isle of Man Groudle Glen Railway

Isle of Man Steam Railway

The Groudle Glen Railway is an Isle of Man Registered charity which is owned and operated entirely by volunteers. It is a true narrow gauge railway, originally built in 1896, to cater for a holiday population whose ideals were short walks and the taking of bracing sea airs.

Dating from 1874, the Isle of Man Steam Railway is the Island’s oldest Victorian rail system, still running with its original locomotives and carriages to a choice of destinations in the south of the Island, such as the impressive Castle Rushen, the picturesque Port Erin beach and the beautiful Silverdale Glen.

The line runs through a secluded glen on the Isle of Man out to the cliff tops where originally in Victorian times there was a zoo containing Sea Lions and Polar Bears. The line was built to serve this zoo, and two steam locomotives Sea Lion (1896) and Polar Bear (1905) were ordered from Bagnalls in Stafford to run the line. They continued to operate in various guises until 1962, at which point the buildings were run down, the track in a poor state and only one steam engine was serviceable, so it fell into disrepair. The first section of the line was re-opened for public passenger trains in 1986, following a rebuilding project by BNFL at Sellafield, Sea Lion of 1896 returned to service in 1987. Train services were extended to the original terminus at Sea Lion Rocks in 1992. Trains now run from Lhen Coan to the rebuilt station building at Sea Lion Rocks, where light refreshments are available. A variety of trains operate during the year. Steam locomotives Sea Lion and Annie, diesel locomotives Dolphin and Walrus, and battery operated Polar Bear are operational. Trains run on Sundays from May to September, on Wednesday evenings during July and August. In addition there are Special events such as the Santa Specials, Mince Pie Trains, Jester Express and the Easter Bunny Trains, Cliff Top Concerts and the chance to join the Friends of Groudle Glen Railway organisation. Contact name for Group Bookings: Alex Brindley Main periods of operation: Sundays May to September (also Christmas) Coach parking facility: Drop off Point

For visitors, there are many money saving, multi-journey ticket options and group discounts are available. Special events and driving experiences are put on throughout the year; enthusiasts will enjoy Rush Hour on the Railways and the Manx Heritage Transport Festival. Other events such as WWII Weekends and Rail Ale Tours are put on throughout the year so don’t miss out and sign up to their e-newsletter, email heritagerailways@gov.im. Resident’s tickets and Rail cards are available now from the Welcome Centre, offering unlimited or discounted travel. Check online at www.iombusandrail.info for various options and prices to suit you.

Main periods of operation: 6th March to 8th November 2015 Coach parking facility: Douglas: set down point, limited parking by prior arrangement. Castletown: set down/pick-up only by station. Coach park in Main town. Port Erin: coach spaces reserved in adjacent public car park.

Principal Group Rates: 25% discount on Groups of 12 or more. Leader travels free.

Principal Group Rates: Contact for details.

Number of passengers required for Group Rate: 12

Catering available for Groups: Douglas & Port Erin.

Catering available for Groups: Cliff Top Tea Rooms

Special events put on throughout the year, check our events section online or contact for details.

Groudle Glen, Onchan, Isle of Man Tel: 01624 670453 (Recorded Timetable) E: ggr@ggr.org.uk W: www.ggr.org.uk

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For some of the finest views of the east coast take a trip on the Manx Electric Railway, first opened in 1893. Laxey is the starting point of the Snaefell Mountain Railway, a unique Victorian enterprise which winds its way up above 2,000 feet to the top of Snaefell, the only place one can see the Seven Kingdoms: The kingdom of Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland, Mann, Heaven and Neptune.

Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 20

Department of Infrastructure Headquarters, Banks Circus, Douglas, Isle of Man IM1 5PT Tel: 01624 662525 • Fax: 01624 663637 E: heritagerailways@gov.im W: www.iombusandrail.info www.facebook.com/isleofmanrailways

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Isle of Man Manx Electric Railway

Snaefell Mountain Railway

If you want to explore the north of the Island, do so in Victorian style by taking a charming electric tramcar. The 17.5 mile route from Douglas to Ramsey hugs the Island’s east coast, passing through gorse topped hills, glorious Victorian glens and spectacular coastal scenery. The Manx Electric Railway has been in operation since 1893. Indeed, trams number 1 and 2 hold a place in the Guinness book of world records as the oldest operating electric cars.

Dating from 1895, Laxey is the starting point for the Snaefell Mountain Railway, a unique Victorian enterprise which winds its way up above 2,000 feet to the top of Snaefell, the Island’s only mountain. The round trip takes 90 minutes.

Starting at Derby Castle at the end of Douglas promenade, and is served by the Horse Tramway and frequent bus services that also connect with the steam railway station. As well as offering some very pleasant walks, Groudle Glen - just a short hop north - is home to the lovingly restored Groudle Glen Railway which runs through the glen and out to the coast. Alight at Laxey for the ‘Mines Trail’ which includes the Great Laxey Wheel and the fascinating Great Laxey Mine Railway. Laxey Station is also the starting point for the unique Snaefell Mountain Railway. North of Laxey, the tram stops at Dhoon Glen, Glen Mona, Ballaglass and Cornaa; all are ideal for exploring the footpaths, glens and peaceful beaches along the coast. Further on, Ballajora, Dreemskerry, Lewaigue and Belle Vue provide the most convenient stops for exploring Maughold Church, the rugged coastline around Maughold Head and the quiet beaches at Port Mooar and Port Lewaigue. At the north end of the line is Ramsey with its impressive boating lake at Mooragh Park. Group bookings are available and there is always an opportunity to hire a tram and almost any package can be tailored to fit in with your requirements. For special interest groups there is also the opportunity to drive one of the historic trams; an ultimate driving experience!

The trams climb steadily up the mountain, and when you arrive at the summit there are spectacular views on a clear day; it is the only place in the British Isles where you can see the seven kingdoms, (Mann, Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland, The Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of the Sea) just by turning around. There are no roads to the summit of Snaefell but there are a number of paths that lead to the Bungalow, and Laxey, for those visitors who want to make their own way up or down the mountain. The newly refurbished Snaefell Summit Hotel now includes underfloor heating, new windows throughout, a fully compliant kitchen and brand new roof. There is a selection of dining experiences which can be booked on days the trams operate by calling 01624 673623. Events with a view are also held at the summit, such as the popular Sunset Dinners, Seven Kingdoms Sunday Lunch, and Pie in the Sky - featuring stargazing and supper with the Isle of Man Astronomical Society.

Main periods of operation: 20th March to 8th November 2015 Principal Group Rates: Contact for details. Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 20 Catering available for Groups: Laxey. Special events put on throughout the year, check our events section online or contact for details.

Main periods of operation: 27th March to 8th November 2015 Principal Group Rates: Contact for details. Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 20 Catering available for Groups: Laxey and Snaefell Summit. Special events and Snaefell Summit Dining Experiences are put on throughout the year, check our events section online or contact for details.

Department of Infrastructure Headquarters, Banks Circus, Douglas, Isle of Man IM1 5PT Tel: 01624 662525 • Fax: 01624 663637 E: heritagerailways@gov.im W: www.iombusandrail.info www.facebook.com/isleofmanrailways

Department of Infrastructure Headquarters, Banks Circus, Douglas, Isle of Man IM1 5PT Tel: 01624 662525 • Fax: 01624 663637 E: heritagerailways@gov.im W: www.iombusandrail.info www.facebook.com/isleofmanrailways

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Wales Bala Lake Railway

Ffestiniog Railway

Step back in time at the Bala Lake Railway to the days when life went by at a more leisurely pace and engines had names not numbers. Here you’ll find a charming mix of narrow gauge steam trains running along the route of a one-time standard gauge mainline. The beautifully restored station at Llanuwchllyn, with its old signalbox and red phone box, now houses a gift shop and café serving a range of lunchtime snacks, teas, coffees and cakes. Visitors can even step inside and look around the 120 year old signalbox, with its polished bells and levers that still serve the railway today.

Originally built to bring slate down from Blaenau Ffestiniog’s quarries to the harbour at Porthmadog by gravity, the narrow-gauge Ffestiniog Railway has now been carrying passengers for 150 years! Some of our early locomotives still run today, but it is the unique ‘push mepull you’ Double-Fairlie locomotives, with a chimney at each end, for which the Ffestiniog is most famous - and you are bound to see one during your visit.

The little engine waiting at the head of the train in the platform once worked high up on the mountains of North Wales moving wagons of slate around the quarries. Lovingly restored, with brasses gleaming they now take you on a 9-mile round trip to Bala and back. For most of the journey the route follows the southern shore of Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake), the largest natural lake in Wales, and offers some of the most beautiful views anywhere in Snowdonia looking out across the lake towards the majestic Arenig mountains. The lake is popular for all sorts of watersports, and sail boats and kayaks can often be seen trying to race the train, as well as an abundance of wildlife, including herons, buzzards and the occasional red kite. The single journey takes around 25 minutes, and the return from Llanuwchllyn about an hour. Return journeys from Bala vary as the engines take on coal and water at Llanuwchllyn, but this gives time for a chat with the train driver or a chance to grab a bite to eat. Our three regular steam engines will be joined this year by a fourth, a little quarry engine called “Winifred” originally from the Penrhyn Quarry. She will be operating her first ever passenger journeys during 2015, having been restored to service after spending nearly 50 years in the USA, and given up for lost.

Though proud of its Victorian heritage, the railway uses modern heated carriages for a service that runs daily between late March and the beginning of November together with a regular winter service. Most Groups do a single journey as part of a circular tour of Snowdonia. An ‘at your seat’ light refreshment service is provided on the train and pre-booked refreshments are available for Groups. There is parking at Harbour Station for booked Groups as well as Spooner’s Café/Bar and a well-stocked gift shop. Advanced booking is essential as this railway is a popular destination for Groups.

Café seats 48 maximum.

Contact name for Group Bookings: Victoria Towers Main periods of operation: Daily 28 Mar - 1 Nov 2015. November - Wed & Thurs. (Sat & Sun - trains run on Welsh Highland Railway between Porthmadog and Beddgelert). Dec - Wed & Thurs to 17 Dec. Daily trains 26 Dec - 1 Jan 2016 Coach parking facility: Coach parking available at Porthmadog Harbour Station, Blaenau Ffestiniog (adjacent council car park) Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog Single - Adult £8.80 • Concession £8.80 • Child £4.40 Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog Return Adult £17.60 • Concession £15.90 • Child £8.80 Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 20 Max: 100 Catering available for Groups: ‘At your seat’ buffet service, prebooked catering for Groups available either on-train or at station restaurant.

The Station, Llanuwchllyn, Gwynedd LL23 7DD Tel: 01678 540666 E: balalake@btconnect.com W: www.bala-lake-railway.co.uk

Harbour Station, Porthmadog, Gwynedd LL49 9NF Tel: 01766 516024 • Fax: 01766 516005 E: groups@ffwhr.com W: www.festrail.co.uk

Contact name for Group Bookings: Roger or Bobby Hine Main periods of operation: 31st March to 4th October except some Mondays & Fridays. Daily in July and Augusy and October half term. Coach parking facility: At Llanuwchllyn, roadside at Bala Group Rates: A  dult/Senior: £4.50 single, £7 return. Child: single £2, return £3. Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 10 Max: 100 Catering available for Groups: Cold filled rolls, tea, coffee, cakes.

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Running from Porthmadog’s newly enhanced Harbour Station (shared with the Welsh Highland Railway) the line crosses the estuary on the Cob - a 200 year old embankment - before climbing up towards Blaenau Ffestiniog through the beautiful Vale of Ffestiniog. Once flooded by a hydroelectricity scheme, the line goes in a complete spiral to gain height and pass above the picturesque reservoir before returning to the original trackbed just outside the town. Blaenau Ffestiniog has recently undergone a £4.5m regeneration scheme with a completely revamped area around the station - so it is well worth spending some time exploring the town’s shops, cafés and its unique poetry trail set into the pavements.

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Wales Great Orme Tramway

The Great Orme Tramway is Britain’s only funicular, or cable-hauled, tramway that travels on public roads. Delighting visitors since 1902, the Tramway is a one mile long tramway line that transports passengers through Llandudno’s Great Orme Country Park and Nature Reserve to the Great Orme’s summit. Passengers climb aboard one of the Tramway’s original and beautifully restored tramcars, where they can sit and relax while taking in the spectacular views of North Wales and beyond! Located near Llandudno’s seaside and pier, the Tramway is open 7 days a week from late March to the end of October, and journeys run approximately every 20 minutes. The Tramway is suitable for all age groups, and each tramcar can accommodate up to 48 people. Due to the Victorian design, accessibility is limited, but a full access statement is available at www.greatormetramway.co.uk or via the Tramway Enquiry line at 01492 577 877. There also is a coach drop off point located near the Tramway’s Victoria Station and dedicated coach parks within town. Group bookings are available and can be made by calling the Tramway Enquiry line at 01492 577 877 or by emailing tramwayenquiries@conwy.gov.uk. Discounts are available for families and groups. Come and experience how people have been travelling for over 100 years at this unique and historic Llandudno attraction! For more information, please visit www.greatormetramway.co.uk.

LLANBERIS LAKE RAILWAY FOR GROUPS

Steam Trains in the Heart of Snowdonia

“Discover the timeless appeal of our narrow gauge steam trains”

Rates! p u o r G t Excellen

Contact name for Group Bookings: Julie Jones Main periods of operation: Late March to late October 10am to 6pm daily (5pm during March & October) Coach parking facility: Dedicated coach parks within the town, drop off point at Prince Edward Square near the Pier Principal Group Rates: £6.00 for adults, with a 10% discount for groups of 10 or more, each tram car takes 48 people Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 10

www.lake-railway.co.uk • Hour long journey • All trains steam operated* • Superb views of Snowdon • Large free coach park • Easy wheelchair access

(up to 5 wheelchair spaces per train)

Environment, Roads & Facilities, Mochdre Offices, Conway Road, Mochdre, Colwyn Bay, LL28 5AB Tel: 01492 577877 • Fax: 01492 574027 E: tramwayenquiries@conwy.gov.uk W: www.greatormetramway.co.uk

• Excellent Café Facility • Gift Shop • Frequent Departures • Free Places for Tour Leaders • Free Refreshments for coach drivers • Discounted rates for coach groups *Diesels used in emergency only

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Wales Gwili Steam Railway

Llanberis Lake Railway

Take a step back in time to a gentler era at the Gwili Steam Railway, a standard gauge preserved railway, mid-way between Swansea and Tenby, half an hour from the M4. A warm Welsh welcome awaits groups touring South Wales.

Situated just a few minutes’ walk from the Snowdon Mountain Railway station, beside Padarn Park, this little railway offers a very scenic trip along Lake Padarn. Although the railway has only just celebrated its 40th birthday, the track bed was used as far back as the 1820’s and the tiny steam engines, lovingly restored, are typical of the little workhorses that once toiled in the local quarries, hauling slate rather than passengers.

Rain or shine, enjoy a nostalgic trip in steam-heated carriages, as the steam train meanders beside the picturesque River Gwili in the heart of Carmarthenshire, known as the Garden of Wales. Our period station buildings re-create the experience of travelling on a 1950’s country branch line in a bygone era. Which made it the perfect location for the film Edge of Love about the life of renowned Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. The eagerly awaited extension to Abergwili Junction in Carmarthen will add two miles to the existing line which is 2.5 miles. Listen to our social historian (as seen on Michael Portillo’s Great British Railway Journeys) tell lively tales of the railways’ impact on the social and economic development of Wales and the world. Included in your visit is a ride on the miniature railway, a visit to the working 1885 signal box and the fully restored Travelling Post Office. Do visit the small museum and souvenir shop before you go. Take advantage of great value group rates for Welsh Elevenses or our glorious Afternoon Strawberry Cream Tea on the steam train. Or your group members can purchase their own choice of refreshments at either station. Coach parties are welcome at The Royal Ivy Bush Hotel in Carmarthen just 4 miles away. Contact name for Group Bookings: Jeremy John Main periods of operation: February half-term, March to October and December. Please check website for operating days. Coach parking facility: Coach parking available. Wheelchair access onto train and disabled facilities available. Choose a catered or non-catered package (priced per head): Platinum Package (train ride, tour and afternoon tea) - £11; Gold Package (train ride, tour and Welsh Elevenses) - £8; Silver Package (train ride and tour) £7; Bronze Package (train ride only) £6. Drivers & couriers free. Different fares for special events. Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 20 Catering available for groups: Strawberry teas, cream teas, light lunches, teas & coffee, bacon rolls – celebration cakes by special arrangement. The Railway Station, Bronwydd Arms, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire SA33 6HT Tel: 01267 238213 E: jjohn@gwili-railway.co.uk W: www.gwili-railway.co.uk

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The round trip from Llanberis to Penllyn takes about an hour. Groups are made very welcome on this railway and their season has recently been extended to accommodate them. Although the carriages are quite small, the railway is proud of its specially adapted wheelchair carriages which have earned it a place in the Rough Guide to Accessible Britain. Advanced booking is recommended as the line is popular. There are several events during the year. The main station is at Gilfach Ddu where there is a café and gift shop. The station is adjacent to the Welsh Slate Museum and the Old Quarry hospital is also worth a visit. What else is in the area? From Llanberis, it is only a short drive to the historic walled town of Caernarfon with its castle and just a little further, the Isle of Anglesey offers an attractive half day tour. No heritage lines but how about a visit to a little station with a big name, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch!

Contact name for Group Bookings: Gwen Ackers Main periods of operation: Open from mid-February to early December, Tues/Weds throughout, then Daily from Easter to end October (except Sats in April, May, Sept, Oct & Fris in Oct). Coach parking facility: free coach park at Gilfach Ddu station for 12+ coaches, shared with Welsh Slate Museum. Principal Group Rates: Adult /senior return £ 6.20 ; child return £3 Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 20 Max: 150 Catering available for Groups: Self service café at Gilfach Ddu station for lunchtime meals, light snacks & afternoon teas; seating for 56. Gilfach Ddu, Llanberis, Gwynedd LL55 4TY Tel: 01286 872028 • Fax 01286 870549 E: sales@lake-railway.co.uk W: www.lake-railway.co.uk www.facebook.com/LlanberisLakeRailway • Twitter - @ LakeRailway

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Wales Llangollen Railway

The only standard gauge heritage railway in North Wales. Llangollen Railway has now extended the line an extra 2 ½ miles into the town of Corwen and thus completed the dream of the founder members in 1975. The railway follows the River Dee, classed as a Site of Special Scientific Interest Status (SSSI), for its entire length. Our 10 mile section of track, which in its day crossed Wales from Ruabon to Barmouth, offers a sample of the sights and sounds of yesteryear passing through some of the finest natural beauty North Wales has to offer. The railway is located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and this is evident as you meander through the Dee Valley. From lambs in the Spring to the multicoloured falling leaves of Autumn, the views from our carriages are picturesque and ever changing. As well as steam hauled trains, we also run Diesel Locomotive and Heritage Railcar services on selected days throughout the season. Train services are on offer everyday from Easter to September along with A Day Out With Thomas and Santa Special events for the children and Real Ale Trains and Jazz Trains for the adults to enjoy.

BALA LAKE RAILWAY Llanuwchyllyn, LL23 7DD

Come and visit Llangollen Railway today and see how train travel used to be. Visit the website for more information.

Main periods of operation: Running everyday from April to September. Please see timetable for out of season running. Coach parking facility: Market Street carpark, Llangollen, LL20 8PS Group Rates – Groups of 10 to 34 – Return - Adults - £13.50, Seniors - £13.00, Children - £7.50 Group Rates – Groups of 35+ - Return – Adults - £12, Seniors £12, Children - £6.50. Number of passengers required for Group rate – Min: 10 Max: 35 Catering available for groups – Cream Tea, Afternoon Teas and Buffet menus available onboard by prior arrangement. The Station, Abbey Road, Llangollen LL20 8SN Tel: 01978 860979 • Fax: 01978 869247 E: info@llangollen-railway.co.uk W: www.llangollen-railway.co.uk www.facebook.co.uk/llangollen.railway • Twitter - @llangollenrail

All steam railway with beautiful lake and mountain views

Group rates: Adult / Senior: single £4.50; return £7.00 Child: single £2.00; return £3.00 01678 540666 www.bala-lake-railway.co.uk CAFE • GIFT SHOP • TOILETS FREE PARKING AT LLANUWCHLLYN

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Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway

Snowdon Mountain Railway

The Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway, Blaenavon’s Heritage Railway, is situated in the Blaenavon World Heritage Site, Torfaen, South Wales. Running in the shadow of the Coity Mountain it links the heritage town of Blaenavon with the 16th Century Whistle Inn and the world famous Big Pit: National Coal Museum. A national museum of Wales and one of the only mining museums in the UK where you can go underground. The line from Blaenavon to the Whistle Inn has some of the steepest railway gradients in the country and you can really hear the engines work as they go about their task. Operations are based out of the railway’s main station, Furnace Sidings, just north of Blaenavon, which offers full passenger amenities and a large (free) car park with ample room for coaches. Group bookings will attract a 10% discount. Trains leave from Furnace Sidings to Big Pit, Blaenavon High Level (only a short walk from the town) and the Whistle Inn. Furnace Sidings and Whistle Inn provide access points to the popular Garn Lakes, ideal for walking and relaxing whilst Big Pit not only gives access to the Big Pit Museum but also the Rhymney Brewery which has a visitor’s centre and bar. A short walk further on is the Blaenavon Iron Works, made famous by the BBC Coal House and Coal House at War TV series. Blaenavon High Level Station is only a short walk into the heritage town and the World Heritage Centre. As well as the shop at the railway there is also the railway’s model shop in the centre of town for all your model railway needs. The railway runs from Easter to Sept plus Halloween and Dec weekends and offers a mixture of enthusiast and family friendly events. With stunning scenery, fearsome gradients and a very friendly staff, a good show is always guaranteed. Advanced booking is not necessary except for the Santa services but is recommended for large parties to ensure the railway can make all the necessary arrangements. With many of the World Heritage attractions nearby, the Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway makes a great base to explore them all.

Let Snowdon Mountain Railway take you on a journey of a lifetime to the rooftop of Wales. Snowdon, at 3,560ft dominates the landscape of Snowdonia National Park in North Wales. Claim this mountain peak, the highest in Wales, as a lifetime’s achievement. With stunning scenery and awe-inspiring views it’s all part of a great day out for you and your family in North Wales. For more than 119 years holiday makers and day trippers have been appreciating the truly spectacular views they have experienced while claiming the ascent of Snowdon as a lifetime adventure. As the train climbs through the atmospheric landscape of Snowdon, passengers can absorb themselves in the rich myth, legend and history Snowdonia has to offer. Based on Victorian engineering Snowdon Mountain Railway is the only public rack and pinion railway in the United Kingdom and a true majestic mountain adventure. The new Snowdon Summit Visitor Centre, Hafod Eryri, opened in 2009. Sympathetically designed to complement the landscape, this landmark building, designed by Ray Hole architects, grows out of the mountain and features spectacular panoramic windows giving travellers to Hafod Eryri unimpaired views across the mighty Snowdonia range and the Irish Sea, with newly accessible views to the summit cairn only feet above the building. A warm welcome is further assured by the stunning Welsh Oak interior where visitors are given protection beneath the cloud-like granite roof. Much more than just a train ride!

Contact for Group Bookings: info@pbrly.co.uk Main periods of operation: Easter – September plus Halloween and Santa Specials, December weekends Coach parking facility: Furnace Sidings, Big Pit Principal Group Rates: 10% reduction on all fares Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 20 Max: 50 Catering available for Groups: by prior arrangement. The railway is situated just off the B4248 between Blaenavon and Brynmawr, and is well signposted as you approach Blaenavon. Post Code – NP4 9SF For more details of our events please either phone the Railway Shop on 01495 792263 or visit our website on www.pbrly.co.uk

Contact name for Group Bookings: Group Bookings Team Main periods of operation: 21st March – 1st November 2015 Coach parking facility: Drop off point at the station & third party parking nearby Principal Group Rates: For a full list of fares, please visit www.snowdonrailway.co.uk Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 25 Catering available for Groups: Please contact us for further details.

33 Broad Street, Blaenavon, Torfaen NP4 9ND Tel: 01495 792263 E: info@pbrly.co.uk W: www.pbrly.co.uk

Llanberis, Gwynedd LL55 4TY Tel: 01286 873 498 • Fax: 01286 872 518 E: bookings@snowdonrailway.co.uk W: www.snowdonrailway.co.uk

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Wales Talyllyn Railway

n’s Heritag o v a n e e Bla Railway EASTER TO CHRISTMAS WEEKENDS & BANK HOLIDAYS

VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR LATEST NEWS & EVENTS Did you know that the World’s First Preserved Railway, the Talyllyn, is right here, in Tywyn on the Welsh coast? And that it dates back to 1865? And that it still owns its two original steam engines (which both ran nearly 5000 miles in 2014 on the seven mile track!) and all five original carriages? This year is its 150th anniversary and it is celebrating in style. By the late 1940s the reason for the Railway’s existence, the Bryn Eglwys Slate Quarry, had closed. With the death in 1950 of the Railway’s owner and MP for Merioneth for many years Sir Henry Haydn Jones, closure of the Talyllyn seemed inevitable. Rescue came with the formation of the Preservation Society in October 1950 led by Industrial Archaeologist, Engineer and Author Tom Rolt. The seed was sown for the growth of railway preservation worldwide. Volunteers from all across the UK came to get their hands dirty. Many had left the forces at the end of the war, and had much practical experience to offer. Additional engines were obtained either free or at knock down prices, and after an early BBC TV outside broadcast more carriages were hurriedly constructed to carry the sudden influx. The worn out track was progressively reconstructed. The Talyllyn had been reinvented. A round trip through the Snowdonia National Park from Wharf Station at Tywyn takes about two and a half hours including a refreshment break at Abergynolwyn, where the children will find a challenging playground. There are several stations where journeys can be broken to enjoy invigorating country walks. Not to be missed are the spectacular waterfalls at Dolgoch. Forest walks through gorges, waterfalls and the fascinating remains of the slate quarries are all easily accessible from Nant Gwernol station. At Tywyn are the award winning Narrow Gauge Railway Museum, the tempting King’s Licensed Cafe and well stocked Railway Shop. Just the place to purchase holiday souvenirs.

Contact name for Group Bookings: Lorraine Simkiss Main periods of operation: 28 March - 1 November and at Christmas for Santa specials etc Coach parking facility: Yes (Free) Principal Group Rates: Tywyn - Abergynolwyn Single: £8.00. Tywyn - Nant Gwernol Return: £11.50 Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 15 Catering available for Groups: By prior arrangement Conference Facilities available: (35 person capacity). Catering provided.

Wharf Station, Tywyn, Gwynedd LL36 9EY Tel: 01654 710472 • Fax: 01654 711755 E: enquiries@talyllyn.co.uk W: www.talyllyn.co.uk

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Wales Vale of Rheidol Railway

Welsh Highland Railway

Travelling on the Vale of Rheidol Railway is the finest way to explore the stunning Rheidol Valley. Opened in 1902, the railway has been delighting passengers young and old for over a century. So sit back, relax and let us take you on a nostalgic journey through some of Wales’ most spectacular scenery. The line is a masterpiece of engineering, built to carry lead ore, timber and passenger traffic. The narrow track gauge allows the railway to follow the contours of the terrain with many sharp curves and steep gradients which add to the railway’s charm.

The narrow-gauge Welsh Highland Railway is a phoenix risen from the ashes: closed for over 80 years, but now running again between Caernarfon and Porthmadog. Trains run the full distance of 25 miles ‘Coast to Coast’ from beside the famous castle, across the lower slopes of Snowdon and down through the forest and the pretty village of Beddgelert before passing along the Aberglaslyn Pass and on to the busy harbour town of Porthmadog. Its destination is the newly enhanced Harbour Station, shared with our other line - the Ffestiniog Railway.

Feel the wind in your hair in one of our Open Summer Carriages or watch the scenery passing by from the comfort of our First Class Observation Saloons. See the countryside change as you travel through wide open fields and meadows, woodland and rugged mountain scenery, the line twisting and turning as it clings to the hillside. Alight at one of our recently restored intermediate stations and explore the many walks the valley has to offer. Listen to the sound of a powerful narrow gauge steam locomotive working hard to climb 700ft (200m) in the 11¾ miles from Aberystwyth to Devil’s Bridge.

Powerful Beyer-Garratt steam locomotives (the largest in the world on 2ft gauge) haul modern, heated carriages with an ‘at your seat’ refreshment trolley service. Sit back with a glass of local beer and watch the scenery go by! Hot snacks are also available and pre-arranged catering can be provided. Most Groups do a single journey, which takes around 2½ hours though shorter trips are available. Your coach can travel easily along the main A487 giving plenty of time for a driver rest-break while the train meanders through the less accessible parts of Snowdonia.

The railway runs services throughout the year with a daily service from 28th March until 1st October 2015. See timetables for departure times. There is a steam festival weekend on 26th and 27th September. Other special events include Sunday Lunch Trains, Fish and Chip Trains, Halloween Ghost Trains and Santa Specials.

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Advanced booking is essential as this award-winning railway is now very busy and demand is high. The main season runs from late March until the start of November with some winter opening. Joint bookings can also be made for travel on the Ffestiniog Railway.

Contact name for group Bookings: info@rheidolrailway.co.uk or 01970 625 819 Main periods of operation: Open daily from 28th March until 1st October 2015 and on selected dates in February, March, October and November. See our timetable for details Coach parking facility: at Aberystwyth and Devil’s Bridge stations Principal Group Rates (Groups of over 15): Adult/Senior Return £14.00; Adult/Senior Single £10.50; Child Return and Single £5.00 Refreshments and Souvenirs: Refreshments available from Aberystwyth Booking Office and Two Hoots Tearoom at Devil’s Bridge. Souvenirs including an extensive range of books and DVDs available from Aberystwyth Booking Office.

Contact name for Group Bookings: Victoria Towers Main periods of operation: Most days 21 Mar - 31 Oct 2015 Winter trains: November - Sat & Sun between Porthmadog and Beddgelert. Wed & Thurs trains run on Ffestiniog Railway. December - Wed & Thurs to 17 Dec trains run on Ffestiniog Railway. Daily trains 27 Dec - 1 Jan 2016 over full length of the WHR. Coach parking facility: Drop off / Pick up at Caernarfon, Waunfawr (Pub Car Park), Rhyd Ddu, Beddgelert or Porthmadog. Caernarfon to Porthmadog Single - Adult £15.50 • Con £15.50 • Child £7.80 Caernarfon to Beddgelert Single - Adult £11.20 • Concession £11.20 • Child £5.60 Caernarfon to Rhyd Ddu Single - Adult £9.20 • Concession £9.20 • Child £4.60 Porthmadog to Rhyd Ddu Single - Adult £10.40 • Concession £10.40 • Child £5.20 Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 20 Max: 50 Catering available for Groups: Refreshment trolley & fresh hot snacks. Pre-booked catering options for Groups: combining travel with lunch or morning coffee.

Park Avenue, Aberystwyth SY23 1PG Tel: 01970 625819 E: info@rheidolrailway.co.uk W: www.rheidolrailway.co.uk

Harbour Station, Porthmadog, Gwynedd LL49 9NF Tel: 01766 516024 • Fax: 01766 516005 E: groups@ffwhr.com W: www.festrail.co.uk

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Wales Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway

Steam Trains in

Unspoilt Snowdonia

The Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway narrow-gauge line boasts a highly attractive steam train ride with challenging steep gradients and lots of sharp curves, fascinating rolling stock and helpful and friendly staff. The W&LLR has long been a favourite with coach tour operators. It is easy to reach, located just across the MidWales border less than 20 miles beyond the A5 dual carriageway at Shrewsbury, and little over an hour from Birmingham. There is also ample parking for coaches at both ends of the eight-mile route. Many coach travellers begin their 50-minute train ride at Welshpool Raven Square, rejoining their coach at the railway’s headquarters in Llanfair Caereinion after having enjoyed refreshments in the Station Tearoom.

Take a historic steam train trip for Scenic Walks, Waterfalls, Free Museum, Playground, Licensed Cafe, Gift Shop & more! Free Coach Parking and Driver Hospitality too!

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Locomotive power in service during 2015 includes both of the line’s original 0-6-0 tank engines dating from 1902, and an 0-6-2 tank built in Stoke-on-Trent for hauling sugar cane in Antigua. Equally popular with the passengers are the carriages, all boasting end balconies allowing travellers a close up view of the loco crew as they take on the challenging route of the line. Full details of train times and facilities are available from the railway staff, who are well-versed in looking after coach parties and will be happy to answer any queries.

Contact name for Group Bookings: Kevin Heywood Main periods of operation: Weekends from Easter until end of October & most days in June, July, August, September & October half term Coach parking facility: At Welshpool & Llanfair Caereinion Stations Principal Group Rates: £6.50 Single or £9.50 Return. Further discounts for children Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 10 Max: 200 Catering available for Groups: Our tea room serving snacks & light refreshments is available at Llanfair Caereinion Station. The Station, Llanfair Caereinion, Powys SY21 0SF Tel: 01938 810441 E: info@wllr.org.uk W: www.wllr.org.uk Twitter: @LlanfairLine

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Scotland Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway

Keith & Dufftown Railway

This hidden gem, only 40 minutes from Glasgow and Edinburgh, is located in the historic town of Bo’ness. With excellent group rates including tasty refreshment options, free coach parking, free entry and meal voucher for coach drivers, a visit to the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway is a must.

Speyside, one of the hidden tourist gems of the UK, a quiet area, redolent with history and renowned for the friendly welcome given to visitors. It’s a land of mountain and glen, open moorland, deep forests, lochs and rolling farmlands; dotted with castles, cut by fast flowing rivers and hosting half the distilleries in Scotland. Hidden away in the hills of the old Scottish County of Banffshire and taking advantage of this enchanting landscape is the Keith & Dufftown Railway. Visit this volunteer run “Whisky Line” and enjoy the scenery and wildlife from our comfortable DMU’s that evoke the quiet nostalgia of the 1960’s branch line.

Climb aboard a wonderfully restored carriage and enjoy a scenic five mile journey to the new halt at Manuel. Stay all day, there’s plenty to see and do...make a stop at Kinneil Halt to explore the nature reserve and take a walk to Kinneil House, Museum and Estate and the remains of the Roman Antonine Wall. Bring your picnic and stop off at Birkhill to enjoy the picturesque surroundings of this countryside station. Follow our new Visitor Trail to the Museum of Scottish Railways, Scotland’s largest railway museum, and see more of what happens around the site. Take a fantastic journey into the past and explore three large buildings filled with locomotives, carriages, wagons and other railway artefacts. Discover how railways transformed the lives of our ancestors. There is plenty to keep everyone entertained. See Scotland’s only Royal Saloon coach, learn why the fish van has a sloping floor, come face to face with a mechanical horse and much more. Our popular and comfortable Station Buffet serves a full range of meals, snacks, hot and cold drinks and ice creams. Groups can also pre-order food to enjoy on the train. Gift Shop on site. For more information or to book your group simply call us on 01506 825855 Monday to Friday 10am-3pm.

The “Buffer Stop” restaurant at Dufftown Station provides morning coffee, light lunches and afternoon teas, all freshly prepared on the premises. The restaurant is fully licensed so you can enjoy a glass of wine or a dram with your lunch. Car and coach parking is available at Dufftown and Keith Town stations. There are disabled facilities and wheelchair access to Dufftown and Keith Town, and wheelchair access to the “Buffer Stop” restaurant and on most trains. You can combine your train ride with a visit to one of the local distilleries or castles. Take the train to Drummuir, to enjoy a healthy walk though our beautiful countryside or visit one of the many other local tourist attractions in the Speyside area. Trains run every weekend from Easter to the end of September and also on Fridays in June, July and August. Group bookings and coach parties are welcome and charter trains are available on days when no public service is running. Special arrangements and distillery visits are organised during the Spring and Autumn Whisky Festivals, details can be found at www.keith-dufftown-railway.co.uk and www.spiritofspeyside.com

Contact name for Group Bookings: Margaret Haynes Main periods of operation: Weekends 21 March - 1 November, most days in July & August Coach parking facility: Plenty of free parking for both cars and coaches Principal Group Rates: Discount of 10% for groups of 12-39 paying passengers, 20% for groups of 40 or more (excludes some special event days) Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 12 Max: 300 Catering available for Groups: The Station Buffet at Bo’ness offers a range of catering from teas, coffees & home baking to full meals. Union Street, Bo’ness, West Lothian EH51 9AQ Tel: 01506 825855 • Fax: 01506 828766 E: office@srps.org.uk W: www.bkrailway.co.uk

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Contact name for Group Bookings and Charters: Rod Furr Main periods of operation: Weekends, Easter to the end of September, plus Fridays in June, July and August and during special events. (See website for details) Car and limited coach parking at Dufftown and Keith Town. Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min 10, Max 48(with catering) Catering available for Groups: by prior arrangement.

Station Road, Dufftown, Moray, AB55 4BA. Tel: 01340 821181(weekends) or 01343 870429(mid-week) E: info@keith-dufftown-railway.co.uk W: www.keith-dufftown-railway.co.uk

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Scotland The Strathspey Railway

The Whisky Line

Keith & & Dufftown Dufftown Railway Railway Keith

Home to Britain’s highest and most massive mountain range, its biggest and best ancient forests, vast moorlands, fields and villages, rivers and lochs, red squirrels, reindeer, ospreys, eagles and wildcats in the woods, and 25% of Britain’s threatened species, the Cairngorms National Park boasts a truly stunning catalogue of nature, culture and heritage. And what better way to explore this stunning locale, than on board one of our special, vintage engines. Our Heritage Railway boasts an incredible history, including a steam engine that dates back to 1899, another which was involved in the first ever rail accident attributed to the blackout of the Second World War, and a diesel that celebrated its special 50th anniversary last year. Coupled with the original, authentic carriages, Strathspey Railway offers the most vintage, idyllic trip through the Highlands. From Mince Pie Specials, to the Santa Express, to Teddy Bear weekend – there are plenty of specials planned throughout the year. From tea and coffee, locally brewed and distilled ales and whiskies, Light Lunches and Afternoon Teas, right through to full five course evening meals, there are plenty of wining and dining experiences on offer here.

Open weekends from Easter to September, plus Fridays in June, July and August. Come and enjoy a day out on the Whisky Line. There’s a full season of special events, starting with an Easter Egg Hunt. Spring and autumn Whisky Festivals, a 1940s weekend in June and ending with a Ghost Train in October. We welcome group bookings and have disabled facilites at both stations. Full details on our website

www.keith-dufftown-railway.co.uk

01340 821181 (weekends) or 01343 870429 )weekdays)

2015 - Celebrating 40 years Sailing in Preservation!

Step Aboard

the famous Paddle Steamer Waverley

From walking and cycling packages, to vintage tours and excursions, there are a host of experiences on offer to give you a trip through the Highlands with a real difference! Visit our website, www.strathspeyrailway.co.uk for full information.

Contact name for Group Bookings: Marilyn Smith Main periods of operation: April to October Coach parking facility: At Aviemore and Broomhill Stations Principal Group Rates: Single Aviemore – Broomhill: £8.70. Return Aviemore-Broomhill-Aviemore: £12.50 Number of passengers required for Group Rate: Min: 10 Max: 150 Catering available for Groups

Aviemore Station, Dalfaber Road, Aviemore PH22 1PY Tel: 01479 810725 • Fax: 01479 812220 E: information@strathspeyrailway.co.uk W: www.strathspeyrailway.co.uk

Accessible - sailings from over 70 ports in the UK Capacity - accomodating groups of 10 to 700 Discounts - available for groups of 10 or more Unique - the last sea going Paddle Steamer in the World Versatile - enjoy a cruise, visit a destination or use as transport

Sailings from: LONDON & The THAMES • SOUTH COAST of ENGLAND • BRISTOL CHANNEL • LIVERPOOL & LLANDUDNO • WEST COAST of SCOTLAND

Call 0845 130 46 47 or email groups@waverleyexcursions.co.uk

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Scotland Waverley Excursions

West Coast Railways – The Jacobite

Enjoy a Great Day Out aboard the World’s last sea going Paddle Steamer! Voted Top 3 Nostalgic Journey by the Sunday Times, Waverley can offer a range of options for your group: time ashore at a destination, relaxing on board for a cruise amid spectacular scenery, or use as a mode of transport as part of your package tour. You can step aboard Waverley on the Thames, South Coast of England, Bristol Channel, Liverpool & Llandudno and in the West Coast of Scotland. The cruises leave at convenient times from a port near you, and your dedicated group organiser can advise on the best trip and access points to suit your requirements. At the heart of the ship you can see and hear the mighty steam engines as they propel the paddles that take Waverley majestically through the sea! When you sail you can get grandstand views of some of the finest scenery and sights in the UK, only accessible from the sea. Aboard the steamer is everything you need to feel comfortable and relaxed: a Restaurant, Tea Room, two lounge bars, and a Souvenir Shop. You can pre book your group’s meal or we can issue vouchers for them to go self service. Let your dedicated group organiser ensure your day out is a success. Call now to book your Great Day Out - 0845 130 4647 or email

Voted by Wanderlust Magazine as the Greatest Railway Journey in the world, The Jacobite is the most regular steam excursion running on the national railway system and is run by West Coast Railways.

Waverley can accommodate group sizes from 10 to 700. Fares range between £15 and £49 depending on the journey you choose. A standard 10% group discount will be applied to all groups of 10 or more Adults or Seniors. For larger groups (50+), there is a bigger discount on offer on certain cruises. Your booking can be made with a 25% deposit and the balance is payable along with confirmation of passengers number up to 1 week prior to the excursion.

36 Lancefield Quay Glasgow G3 8HA Tel: 0845 130 4647 E: groups@waverleyexcursions.co.uk W: waverleyexcursions.co.uk

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The 42-mile journey between Fort William and Mallaig in the Scottish Highlands is arguably one of the most scenic lines in Britain, being part of the West Highland line and passing over the famous 21-arch concrete Glenfinnan Viaduct featured in the Harry Potter films. Some of the carriages from the train were actually used in the films as West Coast Railways provided both the locomotive and carriages, making it an unmissable trip for Hogwarts fans. Starting in the shadow of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Britain, the train visits Britain’s most westerly station, Arisaig; passes close to the deepest freshwater loch in Britain, Loch Morar and Britain’s shortest river, River Morar before finally arriving at Europe’s deepest seawater loch, Loch Nevis and the beautiful fishing village of Mallaig. The round trip is 84 miles but one-way tickets may be booked for groups continuing to Armadale on Skye by ferry. This is an extremely popular service with most of the train only available for advanced reservations so booking well in advance is essential (Seats may be purchased on the platform but places are limited). The Jacobite is running from 11th May to 23rd October.

Jacobite – Fort William to Mallaig. Contact name for Group Bookings: Michael Townley Main period of operation: May – Oct - morning & afternoon service Coach parking facilities: Fort William Principal rates: Adult day return Standard £34 – Adult single Standard £29 – Child day return Standard £19 – Child single Standard £17 Principal Group Rates: 10% Discount Number of passengers required for Group rate: 10 Carriages available: Standard, First, Harry Potter style compartment Catering available for Groups: Light refreshments West Coast Railways, Jesson Way, Carnforth, Lancashire LA5 9UR Tel: 0844 850 4680 E: groupreservations@wcrc.co.uk W: www.westcoastrailways.co.uk

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Ireland Downpatrick & County Down Railway

Lartigue Monorail & Museum

This is Northern Ireland’s only full-sized heritage railway, the gauge in Ireland being 5 ft 3 in – a few inches wider than in Great Britain. Two miles of the old Belfast and County Down Railway mainline, which ran to Newcastle and abandoned over 60 years, have now been re-laid. There is a small shop at the station, and a buffet carriage for teas, coffees & buns. A new visitor centre, the “Carriage Gallery” has also opened, allowing visitors to get up close to the unique collection of vintage wooden Irish railway carriages as well as a workshop viewing area to see the behind the scenes activity involved in keeping these veteran carriages running.

A celebration and partial re-creation of the world-famous Lartigue Railway that ran from Listowel to Ballybunion from 1886 to 1924.

The railway runs through the beautiful countryside of the Downpatrick Marshes with totally different aspects in each season of the year. There are great views of the cathedral. Saint Patrick himself is rumoured to be buried beside it. The area is full of ancient history with tales of Vikings and fortified settlements.

The original Lartigue Monorail ran for nine miles between Listowel and Ballybunion in the south-west of Ireland from 1886 to 1924, carrying passengers, livestock and sand. It was the only Lartigue monorail ever to carry passengers and among its unique features were:

Your destination is Inch Abbey, the 12th century ruins of a Cistercian Abbey. The Abbey is home to a ‘living history monk’ on summer weekends who will tell you more of the history of this peaceful place in its wonderful setting. Inch means Island in Gaelic and the abbey was founded on an island in the tidal marsh of the River Quoile. Trains run at Easter, May Day and in summer and there are also special events at other times. And for something completely different, it is possible for groups to hire a train to King Magnus’ Halt on an extra stretch of line that is currently being extended towards Ballydugan Mill. The Viking King, Magnus Barefoot, was killed at this site back in 1103 and the history will be brought to life by a living history Viking Guide. Contact name for Group Bookings: Patricia McGrath Main periods of operation: Summer and Bank Holidays Coach parking facility: Yes Principal Group Rates: 10% discount on group rates on advertised running days, bespoke group visits also welcome Number of passengers required for Group Rate: 10+ Catering available for Groups: Teas/coffees/sandwiches, etc. Conference Facilities available: Yes, in new Carriage Gallery but subject to availability. Market Street, Downpatrick, Co. Down, Northern Ireland BT30 6LZ, Downpatrick Tourist Info Centre Tel: 028 4461 2233 E: info@downrail.co.uk W: www.downrail.co.uk

Based in Listowel, County Kerry, in the south-west of Ireland, the Lartigue Monorail and Museum offers visitors of all ages the opportunity to experience a unique form of rail travel. The Lartigue Monorail could justifiably claim to be the world’s strangest railway: a three-railed ‘monorail’ invented by French engineer Charles Lartigue (inspired by camel-trains in Algeria).

• Locomotives with twin side-by-side boilers • Carriages divided by the central rail • An ingenious track switching system Nowadays, visitors can take a short demonstration journey on a full-scale replica of the original monorail, built by Alan Keef of Ross-on-Wye. In the museum, they can watch film of the original Lartigue and see models, displays and memorabilia of the Lartigue and main-line railways. Open from 1pm to 4.30pm daily, May 1st to September 30th. Otherwise, open to groups by appointment. Contact name for Group Bookings: Martin Griffin Main periods of operation: Open May to September - Open daily from 1 pm to 4.30 pm. Open for group bookings outside of these hours (Please allow 2 days notice). Coach parking facility: Yes Principal Group Rates: Adults: €6.00 Seniors: €5.00 Children over 5years €3,  Children under 5 free Family: €15.00 Group rates available on request. Number of passengers required for Group Rate: 10 or more Catering available for Groups: light refreshments not available. Conference Facilities available: Yes (for small groups) John B. Keane Road, Listowel, Co. Kerry, Ireland Tel: +353 (0)68 24393 E: station@lartiguemonorail.com W: www.lartiguemonorail.com

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INDEX OF ADVERTISERS

AMBERLEY MUSEUM & HERITAGE CENTRE........................... 41

LAKESIDE & HAVERTHWAITE RAILWAY................................... 31

AVON VALLEY RAILWAY........................................................................ 4

LAVENDER LINE......................................................................................39

BABBACOMBE CLIFF RAILWAY........................................................51

LEIGHTON BUZZARD RAILWAY.....................................................33

BALA LAKE RAILWAY............................................................................65

LLANBERIS LAKE RAILWAY...............................................................63

BEAMISH - THE LIVING MUSEUM OF THE NORTH............. 59

LLANGOLLEN RAILWAY......................................................................63

THE BLUEBELL RAILWAY...................................................................41

LYNTON & BARNSTAPLE RAILWAY............................................... 47

BODMIN & WENFORD RAILWAY...................................................... 4

LYNTON & LYNMOUTH CLIFF RAILWAY................................... 45

BURE VALLEY RAILWAY.......................................................................19

MID HANTS RAILWAY ‘WATERCRESS LINE’.............................. 37

CHURNET VALLEY RAILWAY............................................................23

MID-NORFOLK RAILWAY....................................................................12

CLEETHORPES COAST LIGHT RAILWAY.................................... 27

NATIONAL RAILWAY MUSEUM........................................................57

CRICH TRAMWAY VILLAGE...............................................................23

NORTH NORFOLK RAILWAY - (THE POPPY LINE) ................ 19

DARTMOUTH STEAM RAILWAY & RIVER BOAT COMPANY.......................................................................................47 DERWENT VALLEY LIGHT RAILWAY........................................... 10

PEAK RAIL...................................................................................................25

DIDCOT RAILWAY CENTRE...............................................................37

PONTYPOOL & BLAENAVON RAILWAY...................................... 67

EAST LANCASHIRE RAILWAY...........................................................12

RAVENGLASS & ESKDALE RAILWAY............................................ 10

ECCLESBOURNE VALLEY RAILWAY.............................................. 25

ROMNEY, HYTHE & DYMCHURCH RAILWAY........................... 41

EMBSAY & BOLTON ABBEY STEAM RAILWAY......................... 57

SEATON TRAMWAY................................................................................49

EPPING ONGAR RAILWAY..................................................................19

SEVERN VALLEY RAILWAY................................................................25

EXBURY GARDENS STEAM RAILWAY........................................... 33

SOUTH DEVON RAILWAY..................................................................... 6

FFESTINIOG & WELSH HIGHLAND .................................................. RAILWAYS..............................................8 & OUTSIDE BACK COVER FOXFIELD RAILWAY..............................................................................23 GLOUCESTERSHIRE WARWICKSHIRE STEAM RAILWAY......................................................................................27 GREAT ORME TRAMWAY....................................................................65 GROUDLE GLEN RAILWAY................................................................12 GWILI STEAM RAILWAY.......................................................................12 HEAD OF STEAM - DARLINGTON RAILWAY MUSEUM......... 4

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NORTH YORKSHIRE MOORS RAILWAY....................................... 53

SOUTH TYNEDALE RAILWAY...........................................................31 SPA VALLEY RAILWAY...........................................................................39 STEAM - MUSEUM OF THE GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY.......................................................................................................49 STEPHENSON RAILWAY MUSEUM................................................. 10 SWANAGE RAILWAY...............................................................................35 TALYLLYN RAILWAY..............................................................................69 TANFIELD RAILWAY..............................................................................59

ISLE OF MAN RAILWAYS........................................................................ 6

VALE OF RHEIDOL RAILWAY............................................................67

ISLE OF WIGHT STEAM RAILWAY.................................................. 35

THE WAVERLEY........................................................................................71

KEIGHLEY & WORTH VALLEY RAILWAY..................................... 8

WELLS & WALSINGHAM RAILWAY................................................. 19

KEITH & DUFFTOWN RAILWAY......................................................71

WELSHPOOL & LLANFAIR LIGHT RAILWAY............................ 69

KENT & EAST SUSSEX RAILWAY.....................................................39

WEST COAST RAILWAYS ........................ INSIDE FRONT COVER

KIRKLEES LIGHT RAILWAY...............................................................53

WEST SOMERSET RAILWAY................................................................51

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SUPERB SCENERY • COMFORTABLE CARRIAGES • ON-TRAIN TOILETS AND BUFFET SERVICE

THE FFESTINIOG RAILWAY starts beside Porthmadog's harbour and takes you on a 13½ mile journey through the beautiful Vale of Ffestiniog - passing majestic vistas of rugged farmland, moors, mountains, rivers, lakes and waterfalls - to reach the town of Blaenau Ffestiniog, with its famous slate caverns, just a few miles from Betws-y-Coed. Operated by the Oldest Independent Railway Company in the World, this historic line, with its unique Victorian 'two-ended' Fairlie steam locomotives, has provided a quality experience for its visitors for the past sixty years. Spooner's Café/Bar and our gift shops also enhance your day... THE WELSH HIGHLAND RAILWAY runs 'coast to coast' from the historic walled town of Caernarfon to the harbour town of Porthmadog in Cardigan Bay, and provides spectacular views of the magnificent scenery as it twists and turns through one of the more 'off the beaten track' areas of Snowdonia. The trains climb, and then descend, over 650ft from sea-level around dramatic horseshoe bends as they cross the slopes of Snowdon on a 25-mile journey, via Beddgelert and the magnificent Aberglaslyn Pass. The ever-changing views from the train allow our passengers to see Welsh landscape at its very best... WE OFFER YOU A CHOICE of two distinctive narrow-gauge railways - providing a wide variety of journey options and destinations to suit tour operators and group travel organisers alike. Our train services run all year round, but with a limited winter timetable. On-Train catering can be arranged for your group by prior request. Our experienced staff are happy to supply further information, advice and help with suggestions for your itinerary...

group travel guide 2015  

HRA Group Travel Guide 2015

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