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Offline Tonye

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Re: Top 5 preserved railways - what's yours ?
« Reply #30 on: July 10, 2016, 08:42:32 AM »
This is quite difficult ,but the seven valley has to be near the top spot then maybe KWVLR, Bluebell, Tanfield , GCR. I rarely have a bad day out when visiting preserved lines.
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Re: Top 5 preserved railways - what's yours ?
« Reply #31 on: July 10, 2016, 06:54:44 PM »
Severn Valley Railway ( runs at the bottom of my garden)
South Devon Railway (what I regard as typical GWR branch line)
Strathspey Steam Railway (Beautiful scenery, what's not to like)
West Somerset Railway (again great countryside)
Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway ( takes you to Dartmouth one of my favourite places).

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Re: Top 5 preserved railways - what's yours ?
« Reply #32 on: July 10, 2016, 08:07:56 PM »
Another vote for the RHDR from me. Not a preserved line perhaps, but one that has sought to preserve the original ethos and concept - just wish more of the original Clayton stock had lasted ! Isle of Man is also worth mentioning - loads to see there. Probably the closest thing to experiencing the old Irish 3' gauge lines in operation, with original locos and wooden bodied stock. Exciting dining car development in recent years too....not to mention the electric traction heading north to Ramsey and Snaefell.

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Re: Top 5 preserved railways - what's yours ?
« Reply #33 on: July 11, 2016, 09:33:08 PM »
Not been to 5 so mine will have to be a top 3;

Great Central
Only 20 miles away. Went for a special day where they had a very large steam train (steam trains aren't my speciality!) called Oliver Cromwell.  Nice ride over to Loughborough where there was a lot to see.

Northampton & Lamport Railway
The old LNWR trackbed runs behind my house and have occasionally cycled all the way down to the Northampton end where there is a short line.  Nothing special really.  Loads of rusting trains and coaches with a couple of old diesels providing short runs in summer.

Georgetown Loop Railroad (Colorado, USA)
Quite an interesting little railway in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.  Only 3 miles long but climbs 640ft.  Some great views and spectacular bridges.

Going to Colorado again in December so will try and fit in a trip to the Durango & Silverton railroad.  They have a 45 mile long route through the mountains but the last 19 miles are lopped off in winter.  Should still be an interesting day out plowing through the snow.

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Re: Top 5 preserved railways - what's yours ?
« Reply #34 on: July 12, 2016, 04:02:44 PM »
how's about something that works for a living ?

1. 'Lall Ratty (Ravenglass & Eskdale Rly).
2. Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Rly.
3. Cleethorpes Coast Light Rly.
4. North Bay Rly Scarborough.
5. Saltburn Miniature Rly ( :D ).

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Re: Top 5 preserved railways - what's yours ?
« Reply #35 on: July 12, 2016, 04:17:45 PM »
Having visited most of the preserved lines in the UK it is very difficult to give a fair assessment as all are very different.  However, the ones I have enjoyed most, ignoring narrow gauge, are:-

1. NYMR ... good length, excellent range of motive power and great scenery
2. GCR ... double track mainline running, great selection of locos and stock
3. SVR ...  great scenery, great locos, good length and excellent beer!
4. West Somerset ...  great scenery, good length
5. East Lancs ... excellent range of motive power including some great diesel locos,  good length and easily reached by public transport.


My no. 6, if allowed would be Bluebell Line, my local, it's got so much better since it gained Network Rail access.

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Re: Top 5 preserved railways - what's yours ?
« Reply #36 on: July 12, 2016, 09:55:47 PM »
how's about something that works for a living ?

5. Saltburn Miniature Rly ( :D ).

Right well that is a surprise. I didnt thgink anyone on here was familiar with the SMR. What a great bunch of guys that run it too.
I took some kids from school a couple of weeks ago, and one of our club members was there as he helps out regularly. They were more than happy to accomodate us, and even stored the wheelchairs for us. The kids loved it of course.

<picky hat on> Its not a preserved railway though :D :D

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Re: Top 5 preserved railways - what's yours ?
« Reply #37 on: July 13, 2016, 01:50:43 PM »
I've always liked the Ravenglass to Eskdale railway - mainly for the views.

A great trip, even in the Cumbrian rain ! so good we did it twice
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Re: Top 5 preserved railways - what's yours ?
« Reply #38 on: July 13, 2016, 01:57:29 PM »
I prefer the ones that have a destination at both ends, so that you  can get off, have a look around a different town etc, the wife enjoys those more too.

Of those I think the Dartmouth has to be the best, not just because of the distance, but also the stunning scenery, closely followed by the West Somerset.
For an all over experience you can't beat the SDR, our club arranged a trip which included a trip around the works to see how they actually repair and rebuild a lot of the stock.
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Re: Top 5 preserved railways - what's yours ?
« Reply #39 on: August 04, 2016, 03:29:32 PM »
No-one has mentioned my favourite---The North Norfolk.
 My other four, in no particular order are
 The Ffestiniog
Butterly
North Yorks
and hoping tramways count
Seaton

Must admit I am influenced by my preference for LNER and LMS rather than GWR or (if tramways count) Southern (Tongue firmly in cheek)
I must confess that my visit to NYMR left me feeling a bit sad, seeing Sir Nigel on a short line was (to me) a bit like seeing a famous racehorse giving rides to kids on Blackpool beach
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Re: Top 5 preserved railways - what's yours ?
« Reply #40 on: August 04, 2016, 06:53:04 PM »
I must confess that my visit to NYMR left me feeling a bit sad, seeing Sir Nigel on a short line was (to me) a bit like seeing a famous racehorse giving rides to kids on Blackpool beach
But at least being based on the NYMR means Sir Nige can easily and regularly escape on to the main line but can earn it's keep in between those main line jaunts...

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Re: Top 5 preserved railways - what's yours ?
« Reply #41 on: August 04, 2016, 06:58:26 PM »
I must confess that my visit to NYMR left me feeling a bit sad, seeing Sir Nigel on a short line was (to me) a bit like seeing a famous racehorse giving rides to kids on Blackpool beach
But at least being based on the NYMR means Sir Nige can easily and regularly escape on to the main line but can earn it's keep in between those main line jaunts...

Very logical and my head says you're right but seeing it my heart says otherwise
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Re: Top 5 preserved railways - what's yours ?
« Reply #42 on: August 13, 2016, 09:00:35 AM »
No mention for the Epping and Ongar Railway then?  :(

For all you diesel demons they have a diesel gala next month  Diesel Day  ;) Unfortunately for you steamys the steam gala was held in june!  :(

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Re: Top 5 preserved railways - what's yours ?
« Reply #43 on: August 13, 2016, 10:30:41 AM »
No mention for the Epping and Ongar Railway then?  :(

For all you diesel demons they have a diesel gala next month  Diesel Day  ;) Unfortunately for you steamys the steam gala was held in june!  :(


I remember when that line was steam hauled with a push-pull service worked by BR . Mind you it was doomed from the time London Transport pinched the connection from Stratford to Epping. Could never understand why the weren't made to take the whole route or get nothing!
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