Summer Holidays - Hop On A Historic Railway

By 24 Hour Museum Staff

You can travel back to the golden age of Steam this summer at dozens of preserved railways right aross the UK.

At Porthmadog’s Ffestiniog Railway in Wales, trains run daily through the gorgeous scenery of Snowdonia National Park. The preserved North Yorkshire Moors Railway also passes through some stunning landscapes, while Leighton Buzzard Railway was built in 1919 for industrial use, and now carries passengers.

Darlington Railway Centre and Museum incorporates the birthplace of passenger rail. The Stockton & Darlington Railway was the world's first steam-worked public railway, built in 1825, and you can ride on a piece of this history at Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon, Durham, every Sunday in August 2006.

It was here that George Stephenson and Timothy Hackworth launched the first passenger steam train. Now the site is packed with child-friendly interactives.

Watch out for a forthcoming 24 Hour Museum Heritage Railways trail for more railway ideas, or learn about the man behind the Great Western Railway in our IK Brunel trail.

You may also wish to look at the UK Heritage Railways Association website, which includes a comprehensive map listing of the many heritage railways open to the public in the UK.

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