Heritage railways/ railroads...

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Shunter05, Apr 24, 2006.

  1. Shunter05

    Shunter05 New Member

    Jul 19, 2005
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    Hi guys,

    A thought came to me a few days ago, while I was undergoing guard training on a narrow guage heritage railway here in Britain. Are any of you members of heritage railways/ rail museums? And if so, do you go and volunteer regularly? I know I've always found it really enjoyable, a great thing to do on a weekend. You get to play trains with real locomotives and suchlike, and help keep some really interesting old railways going.

    The railway I was was volunteering on was the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, in north west England. It's a very interesting railway, despite its small size (15" gauge!) its not a park or amusement ground railway, climbing seven miles from the coast to the foot of some of britain's highest mountains on gradients as steep as 1 in 60, at some hundreds of feet above sea level, and has been running in its present form since 1915 (originally built to carry granite extracted from a quarry in the mountains).

    The only bad thing about volunteering - I was was too busy to take any photos for the good people of the Gauge!

    Nevertheless, here is a link to the railways official website:

    and a wikipedia article, with more images and history: