Latest update 31/03/2018 with 361 locations in the file.
Steam railways are a great source of interest and fun for young and old alike. There are more heritage railways than you would imagine. Most are run by enthusiastic volunteers and they range in size from standard gauge (4 feet 8.5 inches between the tracks) down to miniature gauge at just a few inches. Almost all steam railways offer rides to visitors, usually for a fee. The ride could last for a few minutes or a few hours and you can dine on some trains and experience the way in which people travelled decades ago.
In general the locations mark the entrance to the property, station and/or car park but where there are no mapped roads nearby the nearest appropriate approach point is indicated.
Some railways have several stations and where possible these are shown. If the entry states 'No Car Access' or similar then another entry will show the nearest available car park if possible. There may be other car parks.
The basis for this file is the list of railways found in Wikipedia and on heritage railway sites on the internet. The telephone number for each property or site is provided where available. To avoid disappointment check by phone or on the internet that the railway is operating before setting off! Volunteers run these railways so most of them are only open at weekends.
The files are available in Tomtom ov2, Garmin csv and gpx, Volvo Sensus gpx, Google Earth kml and Google Maps kmz format. The Tomtom ov2 files can be used in the CoPilot phone navigation app. See the included instructions.
The Google Earth kml and Google Maps kmz files also contains links to the relevant steam railway's web site. Just click on the icons to reveal the links.
This file is dedicated to the memory of my brother, Hugh A Caldwell (1938-2010) who loved steam trains, engineering and sailing. After he retired he worked on the Watercress Line in Hampshire at the Ropley engine sheds helping to restore and maintain the railway.