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Transport Heritage Guide

recommended places to visit for transport enthusiasts


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well-presented railway museum, largest in the world, with a wide-ranging appeal beyond the railway enthusiast

Science Museum

London SW7

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famous for its interactive exhibits, this museum has seven floors of exhibits covering the development of science and technology

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with some of the most comfortable carriages on any preserved railway – standard or narrow gauge – step back in time to a more civilised age

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the line runs from Piampol to Pontrieux with classic steam engines and period carriages following an attractive route through countryside and forest

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often used in film and TV, with seven and a half miles through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The views from the carriages are breathtaking

Amberley Museum

Arundel

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lots to keep all the family busy here. From transport and industrial heritage to nature trails and craft workers

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take a ride on a steam train along a 2 mile standard gauge railway, and view the collection of locomotives and rolling stock

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a living working experience of life as it was in the early 1800s and 1900s complete with shops, pubs and horse drawn carriages and trams

Bluebell Railway

Uckfield

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nearly 60 years old, this classic railway has featured in many films and TV programmes. It runs from Sheffield Park to East Grinstead

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13 mile steam heritage railway through beautiful countryside creating the atmosphere of a 1950s Cornish branch line and open daily during the Summer months and occasionally during the winter

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all aboard for a spectacular journey operating between Kingswear and Paignton along a picturesque route bordering the Dart Estuary

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built in 1888 with a new award winning Bolton Abbey station which is a reconstruction of the original and vintage steam locomotives

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boasting an impressive range of transport exhibits, from travelling chariots of the 1800’s to some of the fastest cars ever made

Great Central Railway

Loughborough

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UK's only double track, main line heritage railway. It’s the only place in the world where full size steam engines can be seen passing each other

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a family run living heritage attraction with one of the last horse-drawn barges in Great Britain

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a five-mile return journey alongside Lake Padarn, right in the heart of Snowdonia, stopping at Cei Llydan, a beautifully tranquil place that's ideal for a lakeside picnic

Locomotion

Shildon

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explore the rich seam of local railway history and discover how the railways have changed all our lives, with a model railway to please all enthusiasts

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featured in many films and TV programmes, this preserved railway has large steam locomotives and runs from Alton to Alresford

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historic narrow gauge railway, located in the Western part of the Lake District National Park with two main stations, Ravenglass and Dalegarth

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impressive modern museum, with a fascinating collection of cars, buses, trams and bikes and an atmospheric recreation fo a Glasgow shopping street from the early 20th Century

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