Whats on guide

Updated 4th July 2020

The UK coronavirus lockdown has led to preserved railways in the unfortunate situation with no income from ticket sales, but still occurring costs for maintenance, insurance, improvement projects and overhauls. Most railways are running appeals to have get them stay afloat through this situation. Please, if you can, think about making a donation to your favourite preserved railway to help ensure that they can reopen in the future.

Welcome to the refreshed Whats On Guide from Preserved Railway. Covid-19 closed all railways in March 2020, but many lines are starting to announce their planned reopening dates. Most of these are pre-booked services only. I will try and keep track here of railways that have announced their re-openings. I have not listed Autumn events at the moment, these will be listed once railways have confirmed their reopening plans. I have started to list provisional 2021 dates as they are announced.

As ever all information is provided in good faith, please check the railways own website/social media for full details.

Events are listed below by start date. Hover and click on the arrow for full dates and outline details of the event.

COVID-19 Reopening dates

Most railways are only operating pre-book services only.

Click on name of railway to visit their website.

Already Reopened:

Appleby Frodingham

Didcot Railway Centre

Heatherslaw Light Railway

Ironbridge Gorge Museums

Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway

North Bay Railway

Perrygrove Railway

Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch

Seaton Tramway

Dartmouth Steam Railway - from 7th July

North Norfolk Railway - from 8th July

Snowdon Mountain - from 10th July

Bure Valley Railway - from 11th July

Crich Tramway Village - from 11th July

Kirklees Light Railway - from 11th July

Swanage Railway - from 11th July

"The Warcress Line" Mid Hants - from 11th July

Isle of Wight - from 12th July

Devon Railway Centre - from 15th July

East Somerset Railway - from 18th July

Beamish - from 23rd July

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway - from 25th July

Embsay & Bolton Abbey - from 25th July

Dean Forest Railway - from 1st August

Epping Ongar Railway - from 1st August

North Yorkshire Moors - from 1st August

Severn Valley Railway - from 1st August

Middleton Railway - from 2nd August

Northampton & Lamport - from 2nd August

Bluebell Railway - from 7th August

Gloucestershire Warwickshire - from 15th August

Nene Valley Railway - Thomas Shuttles - 25th/26th July & 1st/2nd August
Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway - Provisional Reopening - from 25th July
West Somerset Railway - Minehead Living Museum Days - 25th/26th July & 1st/2nd August
Statfold Barn Railway - Quarry Hunslet 150- Enthusiast Day - 20th March 2021
Corris Railway - Gala Weekend & Visit of No. 4 - 8th/9th May 2021
Talyllyn Railway - 70th Anniversary Celebration - 14th-16th May 2021
Talyllyn Railway - Gala (featuring Corris No. 7) - 12th-13th June 2021
Bala Lake Railway - Bala ReRailed - 12th-13th June 2021
Statfold Barn Railway - Trangkil 50 - Enthusiast Day - 12th June 2021
Ffestiniog Railway - Fairlie Eventful - 18th-20th June 2021
Preserved Railway Logo (original colour)

(c) Lee andrew davies 2020

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