Below is the latest news for 2021. The most recent additions are shown in RED. Last amendment: 2 August 2021
Alderney Miniature Railway
This 7¼" gauge railway originally opened in August 1995, but was out of use by July 2010 due to a lack of manpower. In June 2014 it was reported as definitely closed on H&S grounds. However, the track was not lifted and became heavily overgrown. The railway has been refurbished over the last 4 years, the track was lifted and re-laid, ballast renewed and all the sleepers replaced. In July 2020 it had an H&S inspection and was signed off, with the first public passenger run being on Saturday 1 August 2020. The railway is located in Mannez Quarry at the far end of the standard gauge line. The circuit of 400 yards wends its way through a wilderness of willow, gorse and bracken - affording a good view of Mannez Wildlife Pond. Public running is in connection with the standard gauge line every Saturday afternoon until October, plus Sundays in July and August - weather permitting
2 August 2021. Source: Branch Line News
Lancashire Mining Museum
The 2ft gauge railway in the grounds of the Museum at Astley Green, has been reconfigured, partly relaid and had two stations added, to allow for public passenger operation. The work has been completed and the railway was opened Sunday 30th May 2021.
2 August 2021. Source: Museum's Facebook pages
Llanelli & Mynydd Mawr Railway
The line now extends north to 6m 42ch (SN49380779) and the train runs to within one-coach length of the end of the track (there is no buffer stop). No public trains ran in 2020 and the railway reopened on 26/06/21, marking the opening date of this extension
2 August 2021. Source: Visit 26/06/21
This 15" gauge railway reopened, along with the Park, on Monday 12th April 2021. it had been closed since the end of October 2018 due to the construction of a new area in the Theme Park called Tornado Springs. Opening of this area was due in 2020, but was delayed due to the Pandemic. The railway appears to have been slightly realigned to fit around the new "Storm Chaser" ride in Tornado Springs. From Google Maps it seems to have been "pushed out" slightly, over a section of around 250ft in length, on the north western side of the circuit - between the first curve out of the station and the first level crossing. Admission to the park is around £35!
31 May 2021. Source: Park web site & Google Maps
Cefn Mably Railway
This new 12¼" gauge railway runs inside Cefn Mably Farm Park at Michaelston-y-Fedw, north of the M4 near Cardiff - but just in Newport County. It is a dumb-bell layout of 640 yards. Opening had been planned for 2020, but flooding and then the Pandemic delayed the scheme.
31 May 2021. Source: Parks Facebook page
All Minor Railways
With the easing of pandemic restrictions, many railways in England will begin to reopen from Monday 12th April 2021. Different dates apply in Channel Islands, Ireland, Isle of Man, Northern Ireland, Scotland & Wales. Please refer to relevant Government and Local Authority web sites for details. You are strongly recommended to contact the railway before any prospective visit, to check opening dates, times and advance booking/access restrictions.
8 April 2021. Source: UK Government
Moseley Heritage Museum Miniature Railway
This new 5"/7¼" gauge railway opened in August 2020 at the Moseley Heritage Museum near Redruth in Cornwall. As at the end of August 2020 the line was an "E" run of 100 yards. Extension to an overall length of 300 yards is planned to be complete ready for the 2021 season. There will be a turntable at each end of the line. The new railway operates alongside the well-established 2ft gauge railway at this most interesting Museum.
7 January 2021. Source: Report received Photo: A view of the new line looking out from the shed/station area. Courtesy: Jonathan James
All Minor Railways
Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, all Minor Railways are closed until further notice. Please do not attempt to visit any railways. Stay at home!
7 January 2021. Source: UK Government