Relive the Good Old Days with UK Heritage Railways
As technology continues to rapidly progress, many people still hanker after the UK heritage railways and a life that has long gone, when steam ruled the railways. With over 160 heritage railways running throughout the UK, this is no longer a niche market, but something that is of interest not just to men. Women and little boys and girls all like the romance of steam railway engines, so everyone is pleased.
Many steam railways are run with volunteers who give up their time to help restore the steam engines that bring pleasure to so many. When you meet them, it's obvious that steam trains are not just an interest, they really are a passion.
Steam engines also take part in regular events throughout the UK, so that rail enthusiasts can see them in all their glory. Some have themed evenings where everyone may be in 40's dress and the swing bands are playing as the steam train glides off into the sunset.
At Christmas, many lay on special themed days where you can ride on a train and then meet Santa Claus in his grotto. It really is wonderful if it is snowy when these are on, and the mincemeat pies are usually fantastic.
Certain railways offer special days out, where you get to travel in sheer luxury and dine on excellent food with some great wines, and enjoy the feeling that you really are being pampered. These tend to cost just under £200 for a day out, which is quite expensive, but the routes are always exceptionally scenic and you almost believe that you have stepped back in time.
Thomas the Tank Engine has brought a whole new range of steam fans, many of whom are not even 5 years old. This is celebrated in regular Thomas the Tank Engine days, where engines and people are dressed up as characters from the books: excellent fun for the whole family.
So with so many different UK heritage railways in operation, and so many different activities going on starring the ever-popular steam trains, it looks like they will never die out. They'll simply grow and grow in terms of popularity, and continue to enchant us for years to come.
UK rail fares have gone up again. This time by more than 6%. Looking for ways of saving on transport fare will help cushion the hardship predicted for this year 2011.
We bring you some practical tips and tricks to helps save you pounds on you journey!
Buy Advance Ticket before you travel. You could save well over 40% even up to the night before traveling. Just Look for train ticket offers online
or call your nearest train station to make a reservation for advance ticket up to the night before you travel.
It is always better to book advance train tickets as soon as you know you will travel, up to 12 weeks before, to get the best deal
Look for singles instead of return tickets. They are sometimes cheaper than buying the full return tickets. A full return ticket from London to Manchester return for example will cost from £76 to 285 for a non first class travel return. If bought as singles, you could pay only £48 total for the same journey!
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