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In recent decades, the atmospheric sounds of trains from a bygone era have been brought back to life. Around Britain more than a hundred old steam railways have been renovated by dedicated enthusiasts. And the sound of these trains, the chuffing of the steam engines and the blasts on the whistles, are an important part of the experience.

I’ve don’t find old engines particularly appealing, but vast numbers of people would disagree. Studies have shown that visitors to the British countryside like a nostalgia-tinted experience, and the sounds of heritage railways certainly provide that.

Logistics and location

There are 108 Operating Railways and 60 Steam Centres throughout the UK and Eire listed on this website. Far too many to list on Sonic Wonders, but here are a few of the best:

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

North Yorkshire Moors Railway [1]

The 18-mile railway from Pickering (YO18 7AJ) to Whitby (YO21 1DX) offers fine views of the North York Moors National Park. website.

Ffestiniog railway

Ffestiniog railway [2]

One of numerous steam railways in Wales. Built to transport slate from quarries near Snowdon.website.

severn valley railway

Severn Valley Railway [3]

Severn Valley Railway is a full-size standard-gauge railway line running regular steam-hauled passenger trains between Kidderminster in Worcestershire and Bridgnorth in Shropshire, a distance of 16 miles. website. Kidderminster postcode DY10 1QX.

Jacobite railway

Jacobite railway [4]

The Jacobite takes you on one of the Great Railway Journeys of the World, passing through stunning scenery. website.


Several websites are devoted to steam railway sounds such as Steam Sounds UK and railway sounds.


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