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A ridable miniature railway (USA: 'riding railroad' or grand scale railroad') is a ground-level, large scale model railway that hauls passengers using locomotives that are models of full-sized railway locomotives (powered by diesel or petrol engines, live steam engines or electric motors).


Typically they have a track gauge between and , though both larger and smaller gauges are used.

These large model railroads are most often seen in urban parks or in commercial settings, such as amusement park rides.

The major distinction between a miniature railway and a narrow gauge railway is that miniature lines use models of full-sized prototypes. There are miniature railways that run on gauges as wide as , for example the Wicksteed Park Railway. There are also narrow gauge railways running on extremely narrow track as small as gauge or less, for example the Rudyard Lake Steam Railwaymarker, Perrygrove Railwaymarker and the Eaton Hall Railway: these are known as minimum gauge railways.

Typically in the UKmarker miniature lines are operated as public heritage railways, though many private lines also exist, especially in the USA.

At gauges of and less, the track is commonly raised above ground level. Flat cars are arranged with foot boards so that driver and passengers sit astride the track. The track is often multi-gauged, to accommodate , , and sometimes gauge locomotives.

UK Miniature Railways




Bure Valley Railway
Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway





Wells and Walsingham Light Railway



  • Brambridge Park Garden Centre, Eastleigh, Hampshire

  • Hove Park Railway
  • Leyland Society of Model Engineers, Lancashire
  • Strawberry Line - part of Avon Valley Country Park
  • Maidstone Model Engineering Society, Mote Parkmarker, Maidstonemarker
  • Malden and District Society of Model Engineers Ltd
  • Tonbridge Model Engineering Society
  • Bentley Miniature Railway
  • Crowborough Miniature Railway
  • Guildford Model Engineering Society
  • Coventry Model Engineering Society (Running "Ryton Pool Miniature Railway", also gauge)
  • GEC Model Engineering Society (Running "GEC Miniature Railway", also & gauges)
  • North London Society of Model Engineers (NLSME)


  • Leyland Society of Model Engineers, Lancashire
  • Maidstone Model Engineering Society, Mote Parkmarker, Maidstonemarker
  • Malden and District Society of Model Engineers Ltd
  • Tonbridge Model Engineering Society
  • Crowborough Miniature Railway
  • North London Society of Model Engineers (NLSME)

Miniature railways - rest of the world


  • Aotea Railway, Aotea Lagoonmarker, Porirua, New Zealand
  • Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad, USA
  • Collegeville and Southern Railway, USA
  • Meadows and Lake Kathleen Railroad, USA
  • National Railway Museum, Adelaide SA (also operate the Semaphore & Fort Glanville Tourist railway)
  • Venice Miniature Railway, Venice Beach, Venice, California, (1943-1968),

gauge (USA)


gauge (Rest of the World)


  • C&H Railroad, USA
  • Wabash Frisco & Pacific Railway, Missouri, USA
  • Zilker Zephyr, Zilker Parkmarker, Austin, Texas USA


  • Assiniboine Valley Railway ( )
  • Los Angeles Live Steamers ( )
  • Golden Gate Live Steamers, ( )
  • Hesston Steam Museum ( )
  • Sacramento Valley Live Steamers, ( )
  • Train Mountain, Chiloquinmarker, Oregonmarker, USA ( )
  • Sagebrush Short Line Railroad, Ridgecrest CA ( )
  • Riverside Live Steamers, Riverside, California ( )
  • Great Lakes Live Steamers, Royal Oak and Southgate, Michigan.(( ) ? )
  • Triad Live Steamers, Farmington and Harrisburg, NC. ( )
  • Railroad Museum of South Florida Train Village, USA ( )
  • Orange County Model Engineers, USA
  • Willow Creek Railroad, Oregon, United States (( ) ?)
  • Burnaby Central Railway, Burnabymarker, BC, Canada ( )
  • Shady Dell Pacific, Pacific Northwest Live Steamers, Molallamarker, Oregonmarker ( )


  • Altona Miniature Railway, Victoria, Australia ( and )
  • Many Model Engineering Societies in New Zealandmarker, including
    • Kapiti Miniature Railway & Associates, Raumati Marine Gardens, Raumati Beach, New Zealand ( and ) dual gauge)
    • Keirunga Park Railway, Havelock North, New Zealand.
    • Canterbury Society of Model and Experimental Engineers, Christchurchmarker, host of 2006 CANMOD International Convention
  • Diamond Valley Miniature Railway, Eltham Victoria, Australia ( )
  • Finnish Railway Museummarker, Hyvinkää, Finland


See also


  1. Combe Martin Wildlife Park website
  2. website Eaton Hall Railway
  3. Evesham Vale Light Railway website
  4. Kirklees Light Railway website
  5. website Longleat
  6. website Markeaton
  7. Hotham Park Railway website
  8. Ruislip Lido Railway website
  9. Beale Park website
  10. Audley End Railway website
  11. Berkeley Light Railway website
  12. Bickington Steam Railway website
  13. Birchley Miniature Railway website
  14. Brookside Miniature Railway website
  15. Eastleigh Lakeside Railway website
  16. Savilles Garden Centre
  17. Mortocombe Railway website
  18. Royal Victoria Railway website
  19. Stapleford Miniature Railway website
  20. Sutton Hall Railway website
  21. Vanstone Woodland Railway website
  22. Wells Harbour Railway website
  23. Barking Park Miniature Railway website
  24. 1949 to 1962
  25. website
  26. Bekonscot Light Railway website
  27. Bentley Miniature Railway website
  28. Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway
  29. Echills Wood Railway website
  30. Fancott Miniature Railway website
  31. Frimley Lodge Miniature Railway website
  32. Great Cockcrow Railway website
  33. Guildford Model Engineering Society
  34. Halton Miniature Railway Society
  35. Leyland Society of Model Engineers website
  36. Little Orchard Railway website
  37. Malden and District Society of Model Engineers Ltd website
  38. Mizens Railway website
  39. Moors Valley Railway website
  40. NLSME website
  41. Saltwood Miniature Railway (External website link)
  42. Strand Miniature Railway
  43. Weston Miniature Railway website
  44. Weston Park Railway website
  45. Hove Park Railway
  46. Maidstone Model Engineering Society
  47. website
  48. Tonbridge Model Engineering Society
  49. Bentley Miniature Railway website
  50. Crowborough Miniature Railway website
  51. website
  52. Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad website
  53. Collegeville and Southern Railway website
  54. Meadows and Lake Kathleen Railroad website
  55. National Railway Museum website
  56. Venice Miniature Railway
  57. American Heritage Railroad
  58. Glenwood South Park & Pacific Railroad website
  59. Joshua Tree & Southern website
  60. Paradise and Pacific Railroad website
  61. Redwood Valley Railway website
  62. Sonoma Traintown website
  63. Waterman & Western Railroad website
  64. Springbank Express
  65. C&H Railroad website
  66. Wabash Frisco & Pacific Railway website
  67. Golden Gate Live Steamers website
  68. Hesston Steam Museum website
  69. Sacramento Valley Live Steamers website
  70. Train Mountain website
  71. Sagebrush Short Line Railroad website
  72. Riverside Live Steamers website
  73. Great Lakes Live Steamers website
  74. Triad Live Steamers, Farmington and Harrisburg website
  75. Railroad Museum of South Florida Train Village website
  76. Orange County Model Engineers website
  77. Willow Creek Railroad website
  78. Burnaby Central Railway website
  79. Shady Dell Pacific, Pacific Northwest Live Steamers website
  80. Altona Miniature Railway website
  81. Keirunga Park Railway website
  82. Diamond Valley Miniature Railway website
  83. Cedar Rock Railroad
  84. Brackenridge Eagle
  85. Círculo Madrileño Ferroviario website

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