Heritage railways

Heritage railways are railway operations that are not part of mainstream rail travel.

Oriented mostly towards historical railways, heritage train travel is usually short in length; many of these train operators are attached to museums, associated with heritage of a region or location. In many cases, heritage railways are the last bastion of working steam locomotives in their respective countries.

Some countries and operators take their role seriously to the point of generous funding, facilities and operational concessions to heritage railways.

Always check in advance as to operating times and seasons, as smaller museums and steam travel in many countries are severely restricted seasonal operations. Many of these lines are run by volunteers or staffed by summer students, leading to annual, seasonal changes of their days of operation. Not all countries provide English as a language for tourist railway information.





The "Marisa" locomotive of the Alūksne–Gulbene narrow gauge railway, Latvia



United Kingdom

North America

Steam train in Wakefield, Québec in 2010
See also Tourist trains#Historic and museum trains, Rail travel in Canada and Rail travel in the United States.


United States of America

South America



See also

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