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Post COVID Reopening Dates for Passenger trains - List in Post 1

Discussion in 'Heritage Railways & Centres in the UK' started by Sidmouth, Jun 18, 2020.

  1. Sidmouth

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    List of railways known to be reopening for passenger operations (edited for clarity)/remaining closed based on pronouncements so far . Please check on individual railway websites for updates/restrictions (such as pre booking)

    I will correct and amend as needed

    Already open
    AFRPS - 27th June
    Didcot - 4th July **** Steam from July 18th*****
    RHDR - 4th July
    North Bay - 4th July
    Perrygrove Railway - 4th July
    Cleethorpes Coast - 4th July
    Seaton Tramway - 4th July
    Blists Hill - 4th July
    Great Laxey Mine Railway - July 4. at www.laxeyminerailway.im
    Bressingham Steam Museum - July 4th
    Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway - July 4th
    Groudle Glen Railway -July 5. :www.ggr.org.uk
    Statfold Barn 5th July
    Bala Lake - 9th July
    Paignton and Dartmouth Railway - July 7th (earliest date)
    North Norfolk Railway - July 8th
    Snowdon Mountain Railway - July 10th (per facebook) round trips to Clogwyn only
    Watercress Line - July 11th - per facebook
    Bure Valley - July 11th
    Crich Tramway Museum - July 11th
    Swanage Railway - July 11th Modern Traction only initially
    Kirklees Light Railway - July 11 www.kirkleeslightrailway.com
    Isle of Wight - July 12th
    Fairbourne - July 14th
    Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum - July 15th (Per Facebook)
    Devon Railway Centre - 15th July
    East Anglian Railway Museum - 17th July
    East Somerset Railway - July 18th
    Kent and East Sussex Railway - July 18th . Tenterden - Bodiam round trip only initially
    Lynton & Barnstaple - July 18th
    Ffestiniog Railway - July 20th
    Beamish open air museum - July 23rd
    Great Central Railway - July 25th (per TV)
    Nene Valley Railway - July 25th
    Ecclesbourne Valley - July 25th (per facebook)
    Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway - Thursday 30 July.
    Embsay and Bolton Abbey Railway - July 25th (per facebook)
    Severn Valley Railway - August 1st - per facebook - ticket details to be released on the 6th July
    Epping and Ongar - August 1st
    North Yorkshire Moors Railway - August 1st (website)
    Dean Forest Railway - August 1st (per facebook)
    Avon Valley Railway - August 1st
    Apedale Valley Light Railway - August 1st
    Churnet Valley Railway - August 1st
    Talyllyn - August 1st
    Llangollen - August 1st
    Welshpool and Llanfair -August 1st https://www.wllr.org.uk/
    Battlefield Line - August 1st
    South Devon Railway - Buckfastleigh site - August 1st
    Amerton Railway - August 1st
    Northampton and Lamport - August 2nd (Facebook)
    Buckinghamshire Railway centre - August 2nd
    Middleton Railway - August 2nd
    Sittingbourne and Kemsley - August 5th
    Bluebell - August 7th - Tickets available from July 15th SP-KC only
    Middleton - August 2nd
    Strathspey - August 8th
    East Lancs railway - Postponed from August 1st - expected August 8th - check website for details
    Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway - August 15th
    North Tyneside - August 21st
    Mid Suffolk Light Railway - Model Mania event August 25th/26th

    Something different
    West Somerset Railway - Two living history community weekends

    Science Museum Group

    Reopening planned

    Mid Norfolk Railway - planning in progress
    Pontypool and Blaenavon - date to be announced


    Closed for 2020
    Chasewater Railway (subject to ongoing review) Brownhills West Cafe open
    Bodmin and Wenford Railway
    Eden Valley Railway and Steeple Grange Railway
    Yeovil Railway Centre
    Launceston Steam Railway
    Bredgar & Wormshill
    Vale of Rheidol
    Brechin (closed to 31st August)
    Telford Steam Railway
    Steeple Grange Light Railway
     
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    KESR are working towards 18/07 to restart steam services.

    Andrew
     
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    It was mentioned in the recommissioning thread Middleton was also reopening from August 2nd.

    The Pontypool and Blaenavon railway also working towards reopening, no date yet but fast track overhaul of SK to go with BSK underway (WSR to repaint under contract) to allow all compartment train to run, otherwise the numbers didn’t add up with social distancing.
     
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    Nothing yet from the railway themselves, but BBC East Midlands today announced the GCR will return from 25 July.
     
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    Mentioned in todays "Rail Mail" as being the date they are aiming for.
    They are hoping to open the cafes at Quorn & Rothley before that date, though awaiting HM Govt to burst into life on that one....
     
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    Yes, although there is an overlap between the two threads, they are serving two different purposes. This thread is just for reporting the reopening dates. That thread is for the wider discussion of the entire reopening process, where the dates of reopening can easily be lost in the discussion. I don't want to go through several pages of discussion just to find out the reopening date of a railway.

    And to bring this thread back on topic:
    Statfold Barn has announced that their first event is planned to be 'Socially Distanced Cars in Strawberry Park' on 5th July. The Museum is likely to be closed and trains will not be operating. More Info: https://statfoldbarnrailway.co.uk/events/socially-distanced-cars-in-strawberry-park/
     
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    The SVR's is I think reopening planned rather than announced:

    "The Railway is working towards a target date of [..] 1st August for the reopening of the line itself to the public. " (newsletter)

    "We are planning for the Railway's reopening, but this won't happen until August, at the earliest. " (website)

    No formal announcement of reopening on website or Facebook

    Patrick
     
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    thanks all . Posts tidied up . please keep adding any news of railways reopening in this thread .
     
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    First news from the Welsh NG I think (May have missed one) - Bala are proposing a service from 6thJuly
     
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    I think that is only a case of being hopeful of a limited trial opening from that date. Since in Wales you are required to stay local i.e. not travel more than 5 miles from your home (with some exceptions) until the 6th July opening the day the restrictions are lifted seems optimistic. The Welsh Government's hopes is to allow trips to outdoor tourist attractions from 6 July, how they will view narrow gauge railways I am not sure, but it will only be for day trippers until 13 July when you can stay in a self-contained accommodation. i.e. self catering accommodation with own kitchen & bathroom.
     
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    Agreed. Wait and see like everything, but good to see some positive steps.
     
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    Following today's government announcement on the relaxation of the lock-down restrictions, the North Norfolk Railway will re-commence train services on the 8th of July.

    Initially services will be limited to four pre-booked return steam hauled trips, from Sheringham only, per-day. To meet social distancing requirements the rolling stock will be compartment stock only; initially the LNER Quad Art set, one Mk1 Suburban compartment coach and a BSK Brake. The set will be cleaned thoroughly between each trip. Bookings will be taken (and charged) per compartment (up to eight people can be accomodated in a compartment) and no groups will be mixed in a compartment.Weybourne and Kelling Heath Park stations will remain closed for the time being, and Holt will only be open to those arriving by train. Only volunteers on duty and ticket holders will be allowed onto Sheringham and Holt stations. Social Distancing controls will be in place.

    This is a step towards normality, if and when further relaxation of the rules occurs there is the possibility of introducing additional services. At present due to social distancing restrictions there are no plans to re-introduce the North Norfolkman dining services.
    Tickets will go on sale online later today.

    The new services have been designed to meet social distancing regulations, ORR requirements, and meet the Visit Britain Visitor Kitemark standards.
     

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