UK & Ireland Heritage Railways

Webmasters Blog

There is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes of this website. Some of the results of that work are highly visible (such as the Events page), but other work such as updates to the Locomotives Database are not so visible. So this page is intended to highlight some of the less noticable additions and updates on the website as they happen.

17 July 2018
I've been off on holiday again, this time to Shropshire where we stayed in the carriages at Coalport Station. It's a lovely location on the banks of the River Severn within walking distance of the Ironbridge Museums and of course handy for the Telford Steam Railway, Black Country Living Museum and Severn Valley Railway.
I returned to find emails and loco pictures from several people and these will be uploaded in the next few days.

13 June 2018
My thanks to Nick Blyth for his photos of Embsay, Vintage Carriages Trust, Somerset & Dorest Railway Trust, Barrow Hill and Bristol Harbour railways, which have now been added to the pages for each of those railways.
I have also been updating the Events Diary with events for the second half of the year (as many railways had not published those when I was checking nearer the start of the year).

8 May 2018
EasyMapMaker have informed me that they are going to start charging for maps that have more than 100 locations so I have now converted the Map page to directly access Google Maps. Unfortunately it does mean that the location grouping feature is no longer available so the map looks a little crowded until you start zooming in.

30 April 2018
I've been away in Liverpool for a few days and managed to catch the Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society running.
Also added several loco photos supplied by Ian Johnston, thanks Ian.

16 April 2018
I noticed that the Lathalmond Railway Museum (aka Shed 47) is now open much more often and therefore meets my criteria for inclusion in the main listings and the map, so I have now added a dedicated page for them.
There have also been a few more Loco updates and photos added or updated.

27 March 2018
Just a quick note to let you know I'm still here but not been much happening on the website. I did do another pass of the outstanding railway events so the Events Diary is almost fully up to date now.

15 February 2018
A month since my last update. Where does the time go?
Well I've not been idle as those of you who regularly look at the Events page will have seen. There are still about 20 railways that have yet to publish their events for 2018 so I will be keeping any eye out for those over the next few weeks.
I expect the majority of my 'free' time over the next couple of months to be spent runing the HRA InterRail Card scheme (For those who don't know, it's a privilege travel scheme for staff and volunteers on heritage railways. If you want to know more, then please ask the staff at whatever railway you volunteer on. If you don't volunteer on any railways, then this scheme is not for you.), but don't let that put you off sending any updates and/or photos for this website. It may be a few days before I respond, but nothing gets forgotten.

11 January 2018
Regular visitors may have noticed the rapidly expanding list of events, and I am now about half way through the first pass of heritage railways collecting their events into my Events Diary. Quite a few have yet to publish their events and I will be revisiting those websites in a couple of weeks time.
My thanks to Nick Blyth for his photos of the Derwent Valley Railway and to Daniel King for his update and photos of the Talyllyn Railway.
Those of you interested in what some of our European colleagues have been up to, may like to take a look at Eastern Star No 68 which I have just uploaded to the New Europe Railway Heritage Trust website at

31 December 2017
It's been a good year for the website with visitor numbers up 20% on the previous year. All the TV programs about, or featuring heritage railways have obviously helped and most of the railways themselves have reported greatly increased visitor numbers.
Over the next couple of months I will be busy adding events to the Events Diary, and also issuing InterRail cards on behalf of the Heritage Railway Association.
My thanks everyone who has contributed info and pictures for use on the website. It wouldn't be nearly as useful without all your help.

8 November 2017 - Links and Locomotives
I have been reviewing the links in the Websites database to ensure they are all working (A few were broken and have therefore been removed; and others seem to have been replaced with new websites/domains). I try to check them all at least a year but near 800 websites takes a while (especially when I get distracted by reading the news pages on them!). It's a shame other webmaster are not a diligent as I often find links to my older websites that would not have worked for years (and emails to contact addresses on those websites notifying them of the change also go unanswered)
My thanks to Matthew Searle and Tony Page for their recent locomotive photos.
I also had an email from the Steeple Grange Light Railway asking to be added to the main listings and map, which I have now done (they were previously only in the Websites database).

13 October 2017 - Locomotives
More locomotive photos uploaded.

25 September 2017 - Isle of Wight
The wife and I recently spent a week dodging the showers on the Isle of Wight. Obviously we paid a visit to the Isle of Wight Steam Railway and took a few pictures for the website while we were there.
I returned to find another batch of photos from Matthew Searle so I will also be adding these over the next few days.

23 September 2017 - ISP Renewed
The domain name registration and hosting have now been renewed for another 2 years.

8 September 2017 - Locomotives
My thanks to Matthew Searle and Tony Page for their recent photographs of various locomotves. We now have over 2,000 photos, so a big thank you everyone that has contributed over the years.

16 August 2017 - Irish Railways and Downtime
I discovered the website was off line on Thursday morning 10 August. The Pixelnet status page informed me that there was a fault with the server storage and they were in the process of restoring from backup, which was expected to take approx 48 hours. I would have prefered they unblock the ftp access and let me upload the content myself as that would have been much quicker. Anyway, it got there eventually and there doesn't seem to be anything missing.
I was pleased to received an email from Alan Moore with updated info and some pictures for the Waterford and Suir Valley Railway. My knowledge of the Irish railways is not nearly as good as that of those in the UK and I am always happy to learn more about them. They seem to have made a lot of progress recently and more to come over the next couple of years.
I also discovered the Irish version of the UK postcode lookup service and have been able to use that to improve the accuracy of the Map page.

27 July 2017 - Locomotives and Events
My thanks to Matthew Searle and Tony Page for their recent photographs of various locomotves.
I have also updated the Events Diary with late season events for those railways that had not published their full listings for 2017 by the end of April.

10 July 2017 - Welsh Trip
I've been on holiday again, this time to north Wales. We visited Cambrian Heritage Railways, Great Orme Tramway, Llangollen Railway, the railway museum at Penrhyn Castle and Conwy Valley Railway Museum. We also stopped off at Buckinghamshire Railway Centre on the way home (who kindly allowed us to have a look around even though they were not officially open that day). These were all places I had not previously visited, so several sites can now be removed from my must visit list.
My webpages for these various railways have been updated and there will be further updates to the Locomotive Database as soon as I get around to uploading the numerous photographs taken.