A number of heritage railways are moving forwards on proposals to extend their running lines. This page provides a summary of projects that are being developed or have been proposed. The projects are grouped into three categories.
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Standard Gauge Extensions
Aln Valley Railway (North East of England)
The Aln Valley Railway Project is ultimately planning to reconnect Alnwick with Alnmouth using the former branchline. The A1 has severed the railway line near Alnwick so the project group are using a site near the A1 as their Alnwick terminus, extending towards Alnmouth. The initial phase will extend the railway line to Greenrigg Bridge with phase 2 extending the railway line to Alnmouth station.
Bodmin Railway (South West)
The Bodmin Railway could be extended towards Wadebridge.
Cambrian Heritage Railway
The Cambrian Heritage Railway are planning to restore the railway line between Gobowen and Oswestry.
Churnet Valley Railway (West Midlands)
There are a number of proposed extensions to the heritage railway here. A short extension north towards Leek is proposed. In addition, proposals exist to extend the line towards Stoke on Trent and Alton Towers.
East Lancashire Railway (North West)
The railway are looking to extend their railway 1.5 miles eastwards towards Castleton. One of the options will see the railway run into a platform alongside the existing railway station.
As well as proposals to introduce national rail services, a group is currently restoring the railway line between Fleetwood and Poulton ahead of an agreement with Network Rail to operate trains on the line.
Great Central Railway (Bridge the Gap)
This major project connects two heritage railways to create one of the longest heritage railways in the UK by restoring a bridge across the Midland Mainline.
Gwili Steam Railway
Following completion of the southern extension to Abergwili Junction in 2017, the next extension is expected to be northwards towards Llanpumsaint.
The Helston Railway is planning an extension towards Helston.
Lincolnshire Wolds Railway
This railway is working on an extension towards Louth.
Somerset and Dorset Railway at Midsomer Norton
This railway is currently extending the railway southwards towards an infilled cutting at Chilcompton.
Mid Norfolk Railway (extension to County School)
Mid Norfolk Railway are working on extending their line towards County School.
Norfolk Orbital Railway
This proposal would see the Mid Norfolk Railway connected to the North Norfolk Railway via Fakenham.
North Yorkshire Moors Railway (Yorkshire)
A six mile gap remains between Malton and Pickering. This proposal is highly unlikely following construction on the trackbed south of Pickering.
Swindon and Cricklade Railway
The Swindon and Cricklade Railway is working on an extension towards Cricklade.
Telford Steam Railway
The Telford Steam Railway are considering an extension of the line towards Ironbridge following the closure of the Power Station there.
It is proposed that this railway should eventually be extended from Redmire to Hawes and eventually Garsdale.
Apedale Valley Light Railway
The Moseley Railway Trust are working on a major project to create an industrial narrow gauge railway line and museum.
Bala Lake Railway (North Wales)
This proposal will extend the 4.5 mile narrow gauge Bala Lake Railway from Pen-y-Bont station 1,200 metres into the centre of Bala. The railway will use the existing road bridge creating a tramway before running into Bala.
The existing railway has received planning permission to extend the line from Killington Lane to Wistlandpound Reservoir. Ultimately, the railway is aiming to extend towards Lynton.
South Tynedale Railway
The South Tynedale Railway is set to open its most recent extension to Slaggyford in 2018.
West Somerset Railway (Taunton connection)
Yorkshire Dales Railway (Skipton connection)