Bells & whis­tles

The Simple Things - - ESCAPE | OUTING -

Some for­mer routes have been re­stored for use as her­itage lines, of­fer­ing pas­sen­gers the chance to en­joy the full sen­sory ex­pe­ri­ence of steam: the smoky scent in the air, the mag­i­cal chuff-chuff of ac­cel­er­a­tion and the oc­ca­sional tune­ful whis­tle. They in­clude:

The Blue­bell Rail­way Climb aboard splen­did steam trains with ro­man­tic names such as the Sus­sex Belle and Golden Ar­row run­ning between East Grin­stead and Sh­effield Park in East Sus­sex; blue­bell-rail­way.com.

North York Moors Rail­way Ad­mire the North York Moors Na­tional Park from the steam trains on this not-for-profit, vol­un­teer-led rail­way, which is fast ap­proach­ing its 200th birthday – don’t miss Goath­land, fa­mous for play­ing fic­ti­tious sta­tions in­clud­ing Harry Pot­ter’s Hogsmeade, as well as a turn in 1990s TV show

Heart­beat; nymr.co.uk. Ffes­tin­iog & Welsh High­land Rail­ways In­dulge in af­ter­noon tea and first-class travel as you steam between Porth­madog and Caernar­fon along the world’s old­est nar­row gauge rail­way – the car­riages’ win­dows fram­ing mag­nif­i­cent moun­tain­ous views as it passes through Snow­do­nia; fes­trail.co.uk.

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