There’s nothing like a steam train to create a glow of nostalgia and a sense of rail-born romance.
All over the UK, small groups of enthusiasts keep old trains and short lines open through devoted volunteer efforts and by capturing the public’s desire to experience travel by steam train – especially in the countryside.
One of the best I’ve ever travelled on is the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, which runs from the market town of Pickering, through Goathland (of ITV Heartbeat fame) up to the village of Grosmont, in the heart of the Yorkshire Moors. The trains and stations have been really well preserved and vintage diesels are in use as well as steam engines.
If you are in the area, it is well worth a visit – even if you just stand at the station and admire the locomotives from the platform!
If railway modelling is more your thing, then we have a range of OO Gauge steam trains that should complement a period layout perfectly. In stock at the time of writing are:
- Trix Trains A H Peppercorn 4-6-2 LNER 525 Engine & Tender – click here
- Hornby R378 4-4-0 Class D49 Cheshire Locomotive & Tender, LNER 2753 Cheshire – click here
- Hornby R063 BR 4-6-2 Britannia Class 7 Locomotive & Tender – click here
- LIMA 205111 MWG Class 45XX Prairie Tank 2-6-2 GWR Loco – click here
- Hornby R252 Class J83 0-6-0 Tank Locomotive, LNER 8477 Steam Engine – click here
We’ve also got 20 OO gauge carriages and several 1:76 scale (OO gauge) die cast buses, trolley buses and trams in stock at present.