United Kingdom minor railways

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Train routes in the United Kingdom

Mapping the independent and minor railways.

Status started

Standard Gauge

Railway name Route Sources/Notes
Avon Valley Railway Relation Route
Bluebell Railway Relation Route 100% mapped, currently from NPE. GPS survey coming fairly soon. GPS tracks north of Horstead Keynes already
Bodmin & Wenford Railway Relation Route 100% mapped
Boness And Kineel
Chasewater Railway Relation Route Node Brownhills West station (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history) mapped only
Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway Relation Route According to Wikipedia, an extension into Princes Risborough mainline railway station is proposed.
Cholsey And Walingford Railway Relation Route
Churnet Valley Railway Relation Route
Dean Forest Railway Relation Route Station locations only approx. Railway shares way with the border of a forest at one point - probably needs fixing.
East Kent Railway Relation Route Unclear which bits are in operation </br> According to company website Shepperdswell to Eyethorne is operational? ShakespeareFan00 11:40, 3 July 2009 (UTC)
East Lancashire Railway Relation Route
East Somerset Railway Relation Route
Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway Relation Route 90% mapped
Epping and Ongar Railway Relation Route Currently closed, according to website, but extensions planned.
Foxfield Steam Railway Relation Route Partially mapped (from NPE). Steepest (1:19) standard gauge adhesion railway in Britain (they claim)
Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway Relation Route 100% mapped. lsces tracks and others
Great Central (Nottingham) Railway Relation Route
Great Central Railway Relation Route
Isle of Wight Steam Railway Relation Route 100% mapped
Kent & East Sussex Railway Relation Route 100% mapped. Currently from NPE. GPS survey coming soon.
Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway Relation Route 100% mapped
LLangolen Railway Relation Route
Mid Hants Railway Ltd Relation Route 99% mapped
Mid Norfolk Relation Route 100%? mapped. From NPE.
Midland Railway Centre
National Railway Museum
Nene Valley Railway Relation Route 100% mapped.
North Norfolk Railway Relation Route 100% mapped.
North York Moors Railway
Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway 99% mapped.
Peak Rail Relation Route most of line mapped from landsat
Severn Valley Railway 52.53,-2.42125 100% mapped
South Devon Railway 99% mapped
Spa Valley Railway Relation Route Extension to Eridge isn't included yet as this doesn't appear to have re-opened yet.
Swanage Railway Relation Route 100% mapped
The Lavender Line Relation Route Isfield station mapped only (at approx location). Operational line apparently continues north for 1 mile.
West Somerset Railway Relation Route 99% mapped

Narrow Gauge

Railway or Museum OSM Relation or Location Sources / Notes
Bala Lake Railway Relation Route mapped from NPE & references to company website
Brecon Mountain Railway Relation Route
Corris Railway Relation Route
Derwent Valley Railway 53.962,-1.06
Ffestiniog Railway Relation Route mapped from NPE - however extensive deviation therefrom exists on ground at northern end
Leighton Buzzard Railway Relation Route
Lynton & Barnstaple Railway not mapped. former route should be railway=abandonded (from NPE)
North Gloucestershire Railway 51.98863,1.92677 not mapped yet
Ruslip Lido Railway Relation Route
Seaton Electric Tramway Relation Route
Snowdon Mountain Railway Relation Route
Talyllyn Railway Relation Route mapped -needs confrimation
Teifi Valley Railway 51.9685,-4.4739
Vale of Rheidol Railway Relation Route mapped from NPE
Welsh Highland Railway Relation Route
Welshpool And Llanfair Light Railway Relation Route line mapped -intermediate stations missing


Railway Gauge Operator OSM location contacted Map Status Notes
Ashton Court Miniature Railway Ashton Court Miniature Railway [1] No 75% From Bing
Bressingham Steam Museum Bressingham Steam Museum & Gardens No 0%
Bure Valley Railway Bure Valley Railway No 100% From NPE
Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway Adventure Park No 0%
Eastleigh Park Miniature Railway Eastleigh Lakeside Railway No 100% Mentioned on proposed map features for minature lines.
Fairbourne and Barmouth Steam Railway No 20% Mapped very roughly from NPE
Hambleton Valley Miniature Railway 7¼" HVMR No 0%
Ickenham Minature Railway Ickenham & District Society of Model Engineers No 0%
Millerbeck Light Railway 7¼" Millerbeck Light Railway Circuit No 99%
Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway 15" Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway [2] No 100%
Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway [3] No 100% From NPE. GPS survey in next few months.
Ruislip Lido Railway Ruislip Lido Railway Society No 90% From Yahoo aerial images- No stations :(
Watford Miniature Railway Watford Miniature Railway No 0%
Wells & Walshingham Light Railway Wells & Walshingham Light Railway No 100% From NPE.

Disused or Abandoned lines (re-puposed, obliterated or otherwise)

Railway OSM Location(s) Status Reuse (if applicable) Map Status Sources
Bushey Heath Tube extension unbuilt-now oblit Beard,T.;(2002);"By Tube Beyond Edgware"
Croseor Tramway(part) reused railway
Edgware and Highgate Railway(part) Reused footway Ground survey
Muswell Hill Railway reused footway Ground survey
Woodside & South Croydon(part) reused tramway Clive's London Underground Guides
Woodside & South Croydon(part) oblit

Incline, cliff, rack and funicular railways

Location or Railway Operator OSM Location Contacted Map Status Notes
Babbacome (Unoffical site) 18/50.4817/-3.5167 No 100%
Birmingham Airport 'AirRail Link' to railway station 18/52.45182/-1.72943 No 100% Funicular pair on ex Maglev tracks
Bridgnorth 18/52.53428/-2.41794 No 100%
Folkestone No
Hastings No Two railways - East and West
Lynton and Lynmouth Lynton & Lynmouth Lift company No
Snowdon Mountain Railway Relation Route No 100% Rack railway

Cable cars, Gondola lifts, chair lifts and passanger ropeways (United Kingdom)

(see also OpenPisteMap 's data for ski-tows)

Location or Railway Type Operator OSM Location Contacted Map Status Notes
Alton Towers Areial tramway No 0%
Cairngorm No
Dudley Zoo No 90% Abandoned?
Glencoe chairlift No 90%
Heights of Abraham Gondola lift No 0%
Nevis Range Gondola lift No 80%
Pleasurewood Hills Chairlift No 0%
The Needles,Isle of Wight No 99%