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.