About This Site


This site is run by an enthusiast for enthusiasts.  Its purpose is to share information on forthcoming railtours that cover "rare route".


Any contributions or corrections would be welcomed - tim[underscore]s[underscore]63[at]hotmail[dot]com


This site has no commercial interest in any of the tours listed.  Information is sourced from the tour promoters’ websites and any other information that comes my way.  The routes shown are my assumptions only, so do not expect to hold either this website, or the tour promoters, responsible if the tour does not run that way.


I would aspire to keep this site up to date and accurate, particularly in response to any information people take the effort to send me.  However, this is just something that I am doing for a hobby, so don't get heavy with me if I don't achieve either of these aspirations!



What does this site mean by "rare route"


The information explained

Rare route is route that is not normally or easily covered by timetabled passenger services.  Of course, one person's 'rare' is another's 'well done'.  For the purposes of this site, rare route means route shown in red in SK Baker's "Rail Atlas of Great Britain and Ireland".  However, I have also included some of the routes that are defined in "Passenger Train Services over Unusual Lines", in particular if they have no more than one train per day (in any direction) during sociable/daylight hours, or if trains only run one day per week.  Ultimately though, it’s a judgement thing!




I don't generally list 'regular' excursions such as the various steam hauled services that operate during the summer months, as this would consume too much space and effort, especially as they rarely involve rare route.  I also do not generally list VSOE/Northern Belle excursions as it is hard to get precise route info from their web site and their prices make them of less interest anyway!


But as ever, it's my web site and I am allowed to bend my own rules.

The tables of information on the listings pages are structured as follows:


DD/MM/YY xxxx: YYYYY (dd/mm)

$ a-b-c

> X-Y

> Z <




DD/MM/YY is the date of the rail tour

xxxx is the railtour promoter (see Links page)

YYYYY is the name of the rail tour

(dd/mm) is the date this entry was last updated


$ a-b-c is a brief summary of the overall route. 

* indicates places that are both pick up and set down

~ indicates other calling points

^ indicates reversal

@ indicates attach or detach loco


> X-Y, > Z < are the sections of rare route, defined by the start and end junctions (or just the terminus of branches) as shown in SK Baker's "Rail Atlas of Great Britain and Ireland". 

< After the entry indicates that the route is also traversed in the opposite direction.

? Where it is questionable that this is the route to be taken, it is surrounded by question marks.  In some cases, where there are a number of route options, the known calling points are shown, again within question marks, for people to use their own judgment about the route that will be taken.