The UK's Top 5 Miniature Railways

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Travelling on a full sized train is one thing. But there is nothing better than being able to travel on a miniature railway. The UK has some great examples of miniature railways worth riding on as well, as you will see from the examples below.The Beer Heights Light Railway is definitely worth a look if you are in Devon, as it boasts a mile long track with lots to look at on the way round. It is set in truly stunning countryside with amazing views of the sea in places as well. Watch out for views of Portland Bill in the distance.The Lappa Valley Steam Railway in Cornwall is slightly larger in size, but the 15 inch gauge railway gives you a superb trip around a mile or so of the Lappa Valley scenery. It’s a wonderful way to see this part of Cornwall.If you prefer to ride miniature railways that have been around for many years, the Scarborough North Bay Railway will meet your needs. This has been going since 1931 and all the engines in use date from the same time. If you happen to be in Scarborough this railway is a must see.Next up is the Bressingham Steam Railway – although to call it a single miniature railway would be wrong. There are actually four routes to try out while you are at Bressingham, and each one shows you a different part of the beautiful gardens there.You can try out the Nursery Railway, the Garden Railway and also the standard gauge railway and the Waveney Valley railway. The latter one takes you through a lot of countryside and provides some wonderful views and a good way of seeing as much of Bressingham as possible.Our final stop on this particular journey is the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway in Kent. It’s known as ‘the world’s smallest public railway’ and it covers fourteen miles all in all. You can enjoy a nice trip from Hythe at one end, through Romney and Dymchurch and along to Dungeness at the opposite end of the line. It’s well worth the trip and there is lots to see along the way too. Of course these five miniature railways only touch the surface of all those that are available around the UK as a whole. Some others are contained within other visitor attractions, such as zoos or parks. But in any event if ever you find yourself near to one of the above locations, or close to another miniature railway anywhere else, make sure you try it out. You can always book train tickets to get there in the first place anyway, before boarding an altogether smaller train for the next part of your journey.


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This article was published on 2010/10/25