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BROOKSIDE MINIATURE RAILWAY

Tel: 01625 872919

Brookside Garden Centre, Macclesfield Road, Poynton, Cheshire

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Brookside has 5 locomotives, three of these are steam engines (Jane, Annie, Jean) and two are diesel. The famous railway circuit is now bigger and better and now extends to almost half a mile in length. A major engineering project involving a high level bridge and 65 foot tunnel under tha main vehicle entrance road has enabled the line to run counter clockwise right around the perimeter of Brookside.

CREWE HERITAGE CENTRE

Tel: 01270 212130
Vernon Way, Crewe (Close to Town Centre)

From M6 Junction 16 and all other routes follow the signs for Crewe and the brown tourist signs to 'The Railway Age'.

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Our attractions include the prototype tilting Advanced Passenger Train, working signal boxes, a shop with a stock of old and new transport books and the children's corner - and of course our famous Miniature Railway. We even have a prototype Bentley Continental GT on display! The history of other aspects of the town is widely featured in our displays.

EAST LANCASHIRE STEAM RAILWAY

Tel: 0161 764 7790
Bolton Street Station, Bolton Street, Bury

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A trip on the East Lancashire Railway is journey back in time. It was opened in 1846 to link the Manchester to Bolton line with Radcliffe and was a popular passenger and freight route which served the Irwell Valley from Bury, via Ramsbottom, to Rawtenstall and beyond. 1972 saw the last passengers travel on the Bury to Rawtenstall section, and that would have been the end of an era had the East Lancashire Preservation Society not been committed to restoring the line to its former glory. .

HALTON MINIATURE RAILWAY

Tel: 01928 701965
Town Park, Halton
Follow Signs for Runcorn Ski Centre Town Park M56 jct 12 by Sutton Weaver. Follow Brown Tourist Signs

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Known throughout the world to all enthusiasts, this railway system is staffed by volunteers. It has a track gauge of 71/4 inches, and operates a passenger service every Sunday afternoon throughout the year in the Town Park, Stockham Lane, Runcorn. Young and old passengers are transported from Mousetrap Hall Station along the mile-long track through the park's delightful scenery. Major steam weekends are organised each April and September.

HIGH LEGH RAILWAY

Tel: 07799 118968
High Legh Garden Centre, Halliwells Brow, High Legh, WA16 0QW

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High Legh has 4 home locomotives and currently 4 visiting Locomotives. They range from a Steam Locos to Battery Electrics. Meaning Children young (and older) can get up close and have a good look in safety! We run in the grounds of the Garden Centre adjacent to the entrance of the store. We have teddy Bears picnic monthly with stories, songs and Jam Sandwiches. In 2011 we are adding a 400yard extension to the line running into the woodland area.

EMBSAY & BOLTON ABBEY STEAM RAILWAY

Tel: General Enquiries: 01756 710614 - Talking Timetables & Fax: 01756 795189

Travel between Embsay station, built in 1888, and the new award-winning station at Bolton Abbey. Your journey takes you through picturesque Yorkshire Dales scenery. Bolton Abbey station is the ideal stopping off point for a pleasant one and a half mile walk to the ruins of the 12th Century priory. Venture a little further to picnic on the banks of the River Wharfe, or in the shade of Strid Wood where you will find the Cavendish Pavillion for refreshments.

MODEL RAILWAY VILLAGE, SOUTHPORT
Tel: 01704 538001

King's Gardens, Lower Promenade, Southport

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Since 1996 Southport Model Railway Village has been attracting model train enthusiasts from all over the world. This spectacular Model Village consists of beautiful vistas and fabulous panoramic views of the miniature landscape and Model Trains. Based upon typical southwest Lancashire architecture the layout consists of a country scene, village and town. Movement is generated in the Model Village by one of the largest 45mm garden railway systems in the UK. With Five LGB trains continuously running on 500 metres of track.

RIBBLE STEAM AND RAILWAY MUSEUM

Tel: 01772 728800

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On the historic Albert Edward Dock in Preston's Riversway Docklands. If you're heading from the M6, leave at Junction 29 (if you're travelling Northbound) - whilst Southbound visitors should depart at Junction 31. Head towards the town centre following Signs for "Riversway Docklands" Then follow the brown signs for "Steam Railway" - and this will bring you to our Riversway headquarters. The area detailed in the map below shows the docklands area.

A visit to the site will not only give you the opportunity to travel along our 1½ mile dock and riverside line, but also access our newly built museum and workshop. The line itself crosses the Preston Marina entrance via a swing bridge, and runs alongside the diverted River Ribble on the site of the former sprawling docklands. The substantial workshop facilities were constructed in 2001 to provide a modern facility in which we are able to restore the many and varied exhibits in the railway's collection. Our museum building is continually being updated and improved to give visitors a truly interactive look into the fascinating industrial railway history of the North West of England.

RUDYARD LAKE STEAM RAIlWAY

Tel: 01538 306704
Rudyard Station, Rudyard, Nr. Leek, ST13 8PF

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Steam railway gives 3 mile return trip alongside scenic Rudyard Lake. The trains are always pulled by one of the railways 5 steam engines. There are special event days,childrens birthday partytrains, Santa trains and learn to drive a steam engine courses. The lake is beautiful and gave Rudyard Kipling ( jungle book etc) his name. Check website for dates.

SANDIWAY MINIATURE RAILWAY

Travelling from Chester Take the A556 towards Northwich, until you reach the traffic lights at the junction with the A49 (Shell garage on your left). Go straight ahead then after 200 yards turn right into Blakemere Craft Village. The railway is situated adjacent to the top car park. Travelling from Northwich Take the A556 towards Chester, passing the Sandiway golf club on your left. The road then climbs towards the roman turret in the centre of the road. Carry on through the traffic lights and the rest of the village and turn left into Blakemere Craft Village before the juction with the A49. The railway is situated adjacent to the top car park.

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Enthusiasts from the Mid Cheshire Society of Model Engineers run their steam and diesel locomotives on the track that meanders its way through the woods. Enjoy a ride for a donation to the society.

WEST LANCASHIRE LIGHT RAILWAY

Tel: 01772 815881
Hesketh Bank, Lancashire

The line is situated nearly opposite the Becconsall Hotel at Hesketh Bank, midway between Preston and Southport.

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The West Lancashire Light Railway is a two foot gauge passenger carrying railway located in the village of Hesketh Bank midway between Preston and the resort of Southport. The line features a number of interesting locomotives and other railway equipment brought together from industrial lines in the immediate locality, from elsewhere in Great Britain and from overseas.

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