Book Online or Call 08432 244 222
Home >> Holiday Types >> Holidays for Rail Enthusiasts
 Destinations Page 
 Holiday Collection 2015 
 Festive Collection 2015 
 Email Search Web Areas 
 Festive Collection 2015 
 UK Collection 2016 
 EU Brochure 2016 
 Ocean Cruises Brochure 2016 
 NT Brochure 2016 
 NT Festive Brochure 
 USA Brochure 
 UK Islands Brochure 
 Ireland Brochure 
 UK Collection Homepage Redirect 
 EU Collection Homepage Redirect 
 NTS Brochure Online 
 2016 Redirect 
 SuperValue Europe Link 
 USA redirect 
 Holiday Collection 2016 
 Single Traveller Brochure 

Experience More...

  • Over 1 million happy travellers
  • Over 450 local pick-up points for your convenience
  • Great range of breaks across Britain and the Continent
  • Included excursion programmes
  • Superb value assured
...Pay less

Holidays for Rail Enthusiasts

Relive a golden era and take a journey back in time to the heyday of railways with our selection of breaks in both the UK and abroad, featuring wonderful railway journeys through stunning scenery and unspoilt countryside.
Railways were an invention of the early 19th century and went on to transform Britain. Originally intended to move coal and goods, passengers soon flocked to this new form of transport. The Victorians were fascinated by the railways which were seen as fast and exciting, with a certain amount of glamour and romance to them.

Railways changed the way people lived and worked. Cheaper than coach travel, seaside fishing villages suddenly became fashionable and day trips to the coast became common. Thomas Cook organised his first rail excursion in 1841, from Leicester to Loughborough for a temperance meeting. He went on to make his fortune taking people on trips by train.

Fast forward to the next century and the fascination for trains continued. It was the wartime Southern Railway clerk Ian Allan who first put together a booklet giving basic technical data about locomotives and listing them number by number; Locospotters’ Guide, giving rise to ‘train spotting’ as a national hobby. In the post war decade, the ABC of British Railways Locomotives was a must for any schoolboy trainspotter standing on a station platform crossing off the numbers of passing steam trains.

The final days of steam came about in the 1960s, an outmoded fashion that was never supposed to return. However, thanks to the passion and dedication of railway enthusiasts who rescued and restored many railway lines and steam engines, a vital part of our heritage has been preserved.

Today, the great affection for heritage railways continues; perhaps a sense of nostalgia for Britain’s great pioneering railway past or the romance of travelling by steam train. The UK has more heritage railways per square mile than anywhere else in the world. There are more than 100 heritage railways while 60 steam museum centres are home to 700 preserved locomotives that were once rejected by British Railways in the 1960s.

Idyllic railway stations have been restored to their period appearance while steam engines, with their colourful liveries and polished brass work, chug back and forth along scenic rural railway lines, giving us the chance to step back in time to a bygone era.

There has also been a long relationship between railways and film. Cinema’s railway obsession dates back to the dawn of the medium, when French pioneers the Lumière brothers filmed the arrival of a train at La Ciotat in 1895. Since then, heritage trains and stations have been the place of countless stories; of drama, mystery and adventure, with classics such as The Railway Children and Brief Encounter to name but a few.

There is a railway for everyone; from the Strathspey Railway in Scotland and the Ffestiniog Railway in Wales to the Bluebell Railway in southern England; each offers a wonderful way to admire the surrounding scenery.
Personalise Your Just Go! Holidays Results

By providing your postcode in the box below, our website will personalise your results, only showing tours departing from your local pickups.

This information will not be used for any other purpose.

I do not want to give my postcode and am happy to see holidays departing from all nationwide pickups

Refine Your Search

Departure Points