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The Leadhills & Wanlockhead Railway
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What a wonderful Experience and lovely People

This Visit formed Part of a 5 Day Experience to the Area arranged by our Children to celebrate our... read more

Reviewed 13 September 2018
heidelberger2016
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Riddlecombe, United Kingdom
Friendly volunteers

This is quite a short trip in to the hills running weekends from 11am. we were pleased that the... read more

Reviewed 18 August 2018
IK786
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 September 2017

There is plenty to do whilst you wait for the train. You can visit the engine shed or look in the shop. The train itself has no windows so is open to the elements, so dress up warm on a cold day.

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Reviewed 30 August 2017

Tucked away in the Lowther Hills and easy to miss, this is a great little volunteer run railway. I was given a tour of the shed and signal box, where I had a go with the levers. While short, the journey was interesting with some lovely views. They have plans to extend the track further towards Wanlockhead - i'd love to come back when they've done so. The staff were friendy and inviting.

Thank MikeX4356
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Reviewed 21 August 2017

We watched with excitement as the little train pulled into the station at Leadhills. The friendly bunch of staff looked very happy to engage with and chat to the passengers and toot the horn of the loco for them. We opted to drive to the Lead Museum but could have caught the train the mile and quarter there instead. From the road there are a couple of good vantage points to view the heritage train trundle along to Wanlockhead.

Thank Swedishtomcat
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Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

Traveled here on a day trip. Have been to several railways around the country and wanted to see what Leadhills was like. Found a quaint little railway set in the hills of Lanarkshire which on our visit was blustery but fair. We were greeted by the volunteer staff who were very friendly and approachable. The train ride isn't very long but the story of the surrounding area is of interest. We could view the workshop and get hands on with the signal box
I understand that there are plans to extend the track which can only provide a better experience.
This may not be the biggest heritage railway you may find but it punches its weight in history and scenery. And yes the weather can play a part in your enjoyment but you are up a hill in Scotland!

Thank douglase333
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David W, Front Office Manager at The Leadhills & Wanlockhead Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2017

Thank you for your review, we have crossed over the border (county Boundary) last Thursday 17th and are now working to extend the track, into Dumfries and Galloway. The weather in July August has been very wet, for which we are extremely sorry.

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Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

Whilst in the area took a trip on this little railway. Highest adhesion railway in the UK? However, due to it being run by volunteers, it only operates at weekends and Bank holidays. At £10 a trip it is a little expensive for what you get. There is a short stop for photos about 10 minutes down the line at the terminus, then it's back to the station again. Train holds quite a few people so you shouldnt queue for too long. Nevertheless, an unusual novelty trip.

Thank 35stephenf
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David W, Front Office Manager at The Leadhills & Wanlockhead Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2017

Thank you for your review, as this was a special event weekend different fares were in effect. We normally run diesel trains and the steam loco was brought up from Leighton Buzzard for this weekend only. I am glad that you enjoyed your trip on the train and that you managed to visit us when the steam train was in operation.

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