Thursday, 30 October 2014

UK Heritage and Preserved Railways List

Locate Your Favourite UK Heritage Railway

Since the late 1960's when the last remaining steam locomotive clanked and rattled along to its fate at a scrapyard, and the age of steam had finally come to an end, interest in the UK railway preservation movement has increased in leaps and bounds bringing back a bygone era of times past .

For many decades past, heritage railways – such as standard gauge, narrow gauge light and miniature railways – have sprung up at countless locations across the UK recreating the golden age of steam!

In light of this ever-burgeoning interest, the 'Along These Tracks' blog has published below a list, in alphabetical order, of over 100 'Heritage Railways' to be found throughout the UK, including wherever possible, the railway name, address, telephone number and website address. 

Please note: The illustrations used in this post do not apply to any particular entry.

Aln Valley Railway:
Lionheart Railway Station, Lionheart Enterprise Park, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 2EZ.

Stowe-by-Chartley, Weston, Staffs, ST18 7LB.
Tel: 01785 850965.

Apedale Country Park, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffs, ST5 7LB.
Tel: 0845 0941953.

East View Farm, Stone Lane, Ashmanhaugh, Norwich, NR12 8YW.
Tel: 01603 404263.

Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JL.
Tel: 01799 542134.

Bitton station, Bath Road, Bitton, BS30 6HD.
Tel: 0117 932 5538/7276.

Llanuwchllyn station, Gwynedd.

The Station Buildings, Barry Island, South Wales, CF62 5TH.
Tel: 01446 748816.

Barton House, Hartwell Road, Wroxham, Norfolk, NR12 8TL.
Tel: 01603 782470/722858.

Shackerstone station, Shackerstone, Leics, CV13 6NW.
Tel: 01827 880754.

Sheffield Park Station, East Sussex.
Tel: 01825 720800.

Bodmin General Station, Cornwall.
Tel: 01208 73666.

Bo'ness station, Bo'ness, West Lothian, EH51 9AQ.
Tel: 01506 822298.

Springwell Village, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE9 7QT.
Tel: 0191 4161847.

Pant station, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 2UP.
Tel: 01685 722988.

Tel: 01379 686906.

Quainton Road, Quainton, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP22 4BY.
Tel: 01296 655720.

Aylsham station, Norwich Road, Aylsham, Norfolk.
Tel: 01263 733858.

The Station, Park Road, Brechin, DD9 7AF.
Tel: 01356 622992.
Just off Llynclys Crossroads on A483, SY10 8BX.
Tel: 07527 107 592.

Chasewater Country Park, Pool Road, Brownhills, Staffs.
Tel: 01543 412121.

Chinnor station, Oxfordshire, OX39 4ER.

Wallingford station, Hithercroft Road, Wallingford.
Tel: 01491 835067.

Station Road, Cheddleton, ST13 7EE.
Tel: 01538 750755.

Castle Hedingham, Essex.
Tel: 01787 461174.

Station Road, Corris, Machynlleth, SY20 9SH.

Queen's Park station, Torbay Road, Paignton, TQ4 6AF.
Tel: 01803 555872.

Norchard, Forest Road, Lydney.
Tel: 01594 845840.

Derwent Valley Light Railway:
c/o The Yorkshire Museum of Farming, Murton Lane, Murton, York, YO19 5UF.
Tel: 01904 489966.

Devon RailwayCentre:
The Station, Bickleigh, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 8RG.
Tel: 01884 85567.

Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11 7NJ.
Tel: 01235 817200.

Downpatrick & County Down Railway:
Market Street, Downpatrick, N. Ireland, BT30 6LZ.

East Kent Railway:
White Cliffs Colliery Line, Station Road, Shepherdswell, Dover, Kent, CT15 7PD.
Tel: 01304 832042.

Bolton Street station, Bury, Lancs, BL9 0EY.

Lakeside Country Park, Wide Lane, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO50 5PE.
Tel: 02380 612020.

Cranmore station, Cranmore, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 4QP.
Tel: 01749 880417.

Wirksworth station, off Coldwell Street, Wirksworth, DE4 4FB.
Tel: 01629 823076.

Warcop, Cumbria, CA16 6PR.

Elsecar Heritage Centre, Wath Road, Elsecar, Barnsley, S74 8HJ.
Tel: 01226 746746.

Bolton Abbey station, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BO23 6AF.
Tel: 01756 710614.

Ongar station, Station Approach, Ongar, Essex, CM5 9BN.
Tel: 01277 365200.

Evesham Country Park, Twyford, Evesham, Worcestershire, WR11 4TP.
Tel: 01386 422282.

Exbury Gardens, Southampton, SO45 1AZ.
Tel: 023 8089 1203.

Beach Road, Fairbourne, Gwynedd, LL38 2EX.
Tel: 01341 250362.

Harbour station, Porthmadog, LL49 9NF.
Tel: 01766 516073.

Caverswall Road station, Blythe Bridge, Stoke-on-Trent, ST11 9EA.
Tel: 01782 396210/259667.

Common Lane, Yenston, Templecombe, Somerset.
Tel: 01963 370752.

The Railway Station, Toddington.
Tel: 01242 621405.

Great Central Road, Loughborough, Leicestershire.
Tel: 01509 230726.

Groudle GlenRailway:
Onchan, Isle of Man.
Tel: 01624 670453.

Bronwydd Arms, Carmarthen, Wales.

Hayling Island, Hampshire, PO11 0AG.
Tel: 023 9237 2427.

Ford Forge, Heathesham, Cornhill-on-Tweed, Northumberland, TD12 4TJ.
Tel: 01890 8203170.

Trevarno Farm, Prospidnick Farm, Helston, Cornwall.
Tel: 07875 481380.

Iron Hill, Liphook, Hampshire, GU30 7LP.

Douglas, Isle of Man.
Tel: 01624 663366.

The Station, Haven Street, PO33 4DS.
Tel: 01983 882204.

Haworth station, Keighley, BD22 8NJ.
Tel: 01535 645214.

Dufftown Station, Dufftown, Barffshire, AB55 4BA.
Tel: 01340 821181

Next to Kempton Park Pumping Station, Snakey Lane, Middlesex, TW13 6XH.
Tel: 01932 765328.

Tenterden, TN30 6HE.
Tel: 01580 765155.

Clayton West station, Huddersfield.
Tel: 01484 865727.

Haverthwaite station, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 8AL.
Tel: 01539 531594.

St. Thomas Road, Launceston, Cornwall, PL15 8DA.

Isfield Station, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 5XB.

Page's Park station, Billington Road, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 4TN.

Ludborough station, Grimsby, DN35 5QS.
Tel: 01507 363881.

Gilfach Ddu, Llanberis, Caernafon, Gwynedd, LL55 4TY.
Tel: 01286 870549.

The Station, Abbey Road, Llangollen, LL20 8SN.
Tel: 01978 860979.

Woody Bay station, Parracombe, Devon, EX31 4RA.

Douglas, Isle of Man.

The Middleton Railway Trust Ltd., The Station, Moor Road, Hunslett, Leeds, LS10 2JQ.
Tel: 0113 271 0320.

The Station, Alresford, Hampshire, SO24 9JG.
Tel: 01962 733810.

Butterley station, Ripley, Derbyshire.
Tel: 01773 747674.

Station Road, Dereham, Norfolk.
Tel: 01362 690633.

Brockford station, Wetheringsett, Stowmarket, IP14 5PW.
Tel: 01449 766899.

Wansford station, Stibbington, Peterborough.
Tel: 01780 784444.

North Gloucestershire Railway: (2' Gauge)
Rear of Toddington Station Yard, Toddington, Glos, GL54 5DT.

Brampton station, Chapel Brampton, Northants. NN6 8BA.
Tel: 01604 820327.

The Station, Sheringham, NR26 8RA.
Tel: 01263 820800.

Pickering station, YO18 7AJ.
Tel: 01751 472508.

Matlock station, Derbyshire, DE4 3NA.
Tel: 01629 580381.

Perrygrove Road, Coleford, Gloucestershire, GL16 8QB.
Tel: 01594 834991.

Plym Valley Railway:
Marsh Mills, Plym Bridge, Plymouth.
Tel: 07580689380. 

Off B4248 between Blaenavon and Brynmawr.

Ravenglass, Cumbria.
Tel: 01229 717171.

Albert Edward Dock, Riversway Docklands, Preston.

New Romney station, Kent.
Tel: 01797 362353/6.

Royal Deeside Railway:
Milton of Crothes, Banchory, Aberdeenshire, AB31 5QH
Tel: 01330 844416. 

Rudyard station, Rudyard Road, Rudyard, Leek, Staffs, ST13 8PF.
Tel: 01538 306704.

Rushden Transport Museum, Rushden station, Station Approach, Rushden, Northants, NN10 0AW.
Tel: 01933 353111.

Bewdley, Worcestershire, DY12 1BG.
Tel: 01299 403816.

Viaduct station, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 2DZ.
Tel: 01795 424899.

Laxey station, Snaefell, Isle of Man.
Tel: 01624 675222.

Midsomer Norton South station, Silver Street, Midsomer Norton, Avon, BA3 2EY.
Tel: 01761 411221.

The Station, Buckfastleigh, Devon.
Tel: 0845 345 1420.

Spa Valley Railway:
West Station, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 5QY.
Tel: 01892 537715.

Steeplehouse station, Old Porter Lane, Wirksworth, Derbyshire, DE4 4LS.
Tel: 07769 802587.

Aviemore station, Dalfaber Road, Inverness-shire.
Tel: 01479 810725.

Sutton Hall Railway:
Tabors Farm, Sutton Hall, Shopland Road, Rochford, Essex, SS4 1LQ.
Tel: 01702 334337.

Swanage station, Dorset, BH19 1HB.
Tel: 01929 425800.

Tadpole Lane, Blunsdon, Swindon, SN25 2DA.
Tel: 01793 771615.

Wharf station, Tywyn, Gwynedd, LL36 9EY.
01654 710472.

Marley Hill Engine Shed, Old Marley Hill, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE16 5ET.
Tel: 0845 463 4938.

Tarka Valley Railway:
Torrington Station, Station Hill, Torrington, EX38 8JD.
Tel: 07881 905260.

Henllan station, Henllan, Llandysul, SA44 5TD.
Tel: 01559 371077.

Old Loco Shed, Bridge Road, Horsehay, Telford, TF4 2NF.
Tel: 01952 503880.

Park Avenue, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 1PG.
Tel: 01970 625819.

Harbour station, Porthmadog, Gwynedd, LL49 9NF.
Tel: 01766 516000.

The Station, Tremadog Road, Porthmadog, Gwynedd, LL49 9DY.
Tel: 01766 513402.

The Station, Llanfair Caerinion, Welshpool, Powys, SY21 0SF.
Tel: 01938 810441.

Leeming Bar station, Leases Road, Leeming Bar, Northallerton, N. Yorkshire, DL7 9AR.

Station Road, Hesketh Bank, Preston, Lancs, PR4 6SP.
Tel: 01772 815881.

The Railway Station, Minehead, Somerset, TA24 5BG.
Tel: 01643 704996.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Northampton Station Water Tower Continues To Survive

UK Railway History

Photo: Charles Moorhen

An Rusting Relic From The Days Of The Steam Train

Since steam-hauled passenger and freight trains passing through Northampton station came to an end in the 1960's, it seems virtually nothing tangible has survived in the area to testify to the existence of the 'Great Days of Steam'.

The locomotive shed, once covering an area where part of Northampton Castle formerly stood, was cleared to make way for an ugly, metal, two-tiered car park.
The coaling-plant was blown-up, signal box numbers '1' and '2' were demolished and the large semaphore signal gantries have long since disappeared.

However, tucked away close to the corner of a bridge truss, one relic from that romanticised era did manage to survive pretty much intact. A line-side water tower that over many decades quenched the thirst of thousands of steam locomotives.

So, how did this example manage to escape extinction?

When studying the tower's location, the reason for its survival becomes clear.
Northampton Station Water Tower     Photo: Charles Moorhen

Standing adjacent to the track running into the former Northampton sidings, and close to the main running lines into and out of Northampton station, it is logical to assume that removal of the tower would cause major disruption to both freight and passenger rail traffic on this busy stretch of track.

Without doubt it would require the temporary removal of overhead power lines. 
The entrance to the few remaining weed-strewn sidings, where Class 66 diesel locomotives can often be seen and Loram rail-grinding trains can sometimes be spotted, would be completely beyond use.

Add to this is the fact that the water tower stands only a few metres away from the busy Spencer Bridge Road bridge - a main artery into Northampton town - and the entry road leading to 'Martin's Yard', a small industrial area, its removal would no doubt cause serious traffic-flow problems in the area.

Northampton Station Water Tower   Photo: Charles Moorhen

So, for the time being at least - much to the delight of many rail travellers, railway enthusiasts and railway historians alike - it looks as though this relic from the glory days of steam will remain where it is for a little while longer.

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