Bekonscot – Beaconsfield

I paid my first visit here a couple of months ago. I don’t know why I hadn’t visited before because it’s great…

It’s a model village first constructed in the 1930’s with a significant railway theme. The ticket office is a BR mark 1 carriage. It’s a short walk from the station.

The signal box controlling the model railway is a treat.

Older postcards have been produced but the current offering is detailed below ( one is a wooden postcard):

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The Amerton Railway

Just by the A518 between Stafford and Uttoxeter can be found the Amerton Railway. This ia a 2′ gauge line around a lake and  farm land.

Most of the locos have local Staffordshire connections.  There’s an interesting assembly of steam and diesels.

My Sept 2017 visit found three postcards for sale in the ticket office/shop.

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Heatherslaw Light Railway

An interesting 15″ gauge line that is promoted as the most northerly narrow gauge railway in England. I discovered that it is a useful break of journey when travelling the A1 from Newcastle to Edinburgh. Whilst the station building could be termed a “wooden shed” there is also a model railway, and other activities including a stone built restaurant. Just one postcard available from the station that shows a scene en route. Well worth a visit  if you are in the area or travelling through.

Hayling Seaside Railway

The Hayling Seaside Railway is at the southern end of Hayling Island (near Portsmouth) and adjoins the sea front and visitor amusements. The shop and workshops are currently ( autumn 2015) being relocated from the western to eastern end of the line. The line does sell postcards featuring its own operations. The service is volunteer operated. Whilst not as old as many seaside narrow guage lines there are historical elements to find such as sections of track recovered from the old Alton Towers

The cards available in September 2015 are detailed here ( click on link below to view postcards)

Hayling Island Seaside Railway

Saltburn Cliff Railway

Saltburn has three railways operating during summer weekends, the Cliff railway, a miniature line and the standard gauge branch to Darlington. Saltburn standard gauge station today is of “bus shelter” design on a platform just to the west of the former station building which acts as a home to local retailers and a gateway to a supermarket. The local picture retailer at this site has a postcard for sale produced by featuring the cliff railway in 1984. Unfortunatey this is the only postcard featuring any of the railways to be found at any of the stations in Saltburn. Don’t be deterred, if you’ve not had rides on all these lines they each have unique features and merit a visit to this generally little known coastal resort.

Armley Mills Museum, Leeds

This museum has a locomotive section with a variety of industrial locos originally manufactured in Leeds. Only “Jack” of the steam locomotives is currently operational and this loco is fired up to run on the museum’s demonstration line on special event days. The museum shop does sell a few postcards but these at present do not feature any of the railway collection.

Apedale Railway, Chesterton, Staffs.

This is a relatively new narrow gauge railway and as such may be unknown to many members. It combines with a mining musuem and nature reserve on the site of the old Silverdale mine. A fine new station building has been errected with Lottery Funding assistance. Yes, postcards are for sale in the station shop, but unfortunately not featuring the railway itself. There are postcards produced a few years ago now by Severnside featuring a series of Titled trains of the 1950’s painted by Frederick Lea.