Below is the latest news for 2020. The most recent additions are shown in RED. Last amendment: 28 July 2020
All Minor Railways
Many Minor Railways have now reopened and some are preparing to reopen. However, a good number have announced they will not reopen until the 2021 season. Before planning to visit any railway, please carefully check the railway's web site and/or Facebook page for detailed arrangements. In the majority of cases advance booking will be required, with possibly (for some standard gauge railways) a restriction on single person bookings. The wearing of a face covering/mask may well be compulsory or recommended. Shops and/or cafes may be closed.
28 July 2020. Source: Various web sites
All Minor Railways
Due to the relaxation of rules to control the Covid-19 Pandemic, some Minor Railways have reopened, or are preparing to reopen. Before visiting any railway, please carefully check local travel restrictions (these differ across the UK) and the railway's own web site and/or Facebook page. In many cases advance booking may be required, in addition to the wearing of a face covering/mask. Please refer to official UK Government web sites for guidance.
27 June 2020. Source: UK Government
Clevedon Miniature Railway
This 15" gauge railway reopened on Wednesday 27th May 2020 and may have been the first Minor Railway across the UK to do so, following the Covid-19 Pandemic control measures. On Sunday 21st June 2020 it was at work with 5305 - a LMSR "Black Five" 4-6-0BE in green livery with two coaches. The fare for one circuit of the 900 yard track was £2. Rolling stock was two open coaches, with every other bay of seats out of use. The railway was popular, but without any queueing when observed in the afternoon.
27 June 2020. Source: Railway's Facebook page Photo: 5305 at work on 21st June 2020
All Minor Railways
Due to the current Covid-19 Pandemic, all Minor Railways are closed until further notice. Please do not attempt to visit any railways. Stay at home! See update above
17 April 2020. Source: UK Government
Poole Park Railway
Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole Council has issued expression of interest documents for a contract for the "Installation and maintenance of locomotives and rolling stock" with an estimated value of £105,500.00. The window for applications ran from 15.30 on 14th November to 14.00 on 5th December 2019. The estimated contract dates run from 3rd February 2020 to 4th August 2021. There is an extensive selection of associated documents, but gauge is stated as 12¼", with a battery electric locomotive, with a steam outline appearance.
1 January 2020. Source: Council web site
Coulsdon Old Vehicle & Engineering Society
The December 2019 edition of The Railway Magazine (page 92) reports the site occupied by this group at Finmere station on the former Great Central Railway has to be cleared in January 2020 due to it being required for HS2. The site is home to electro-diesel 73 130, 4-CIG unit 1753 and a number of other 3rd third units.
1 January 2020. Source: Railway Magazine
Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum
The 2ft gauge line here, operated by the Hampshire Narrow Gauge Railway Trust (HNGRT) ran for the last time on Sunday 27th October 2019. The HNGRT has been disbursing its collection. 0-4-0ST "Wendy" (WB2091/1919) moved from Amberley Museum, its home for 2019, to Statfold Barn - departing on 11th November and arriving the following day. Arriving on the same day at Statfold Barn from Bursledon were 4wPM "AGWI Pet 2" (MR4724/1939) and 4wPM "Brambridge Hall" (MR5226/1930), the ex-Ramsgate Tunnel Railway coach and a former Dinorwic quarry slate wagon. 0-4-0ST "Cloister" (HE542/1891) arrived at Statfold Barn on 20th November 2019 from Bressingham, where it had been for most of 2019. The remainder of the Trust's stock has been donated to the Hampton & Kempton Waterworks Railway (HKWR). Much of the stock departed Bursledon on 14th November 2019, along with a privately owned coach, which has been purchased the HKWR. Privately owned 4wDM (FH3787/1956) has moved to the HKWR on loan. The 7¼" gauge railway at Bursledon remains in operation.
1 January 2020. Source: Branch Line News Photo: HNGRT, last day of running