The Landy Valley Railway is a preserved railway (8 miles) that runs daily through out the year as we also run commuter trains during the week. Our trains run to the following stations: Brandiston - Gateley Moor - Landyford - Sandsend. Our trains cross with Northern Rail at Landyford so you can change trains to go further a field.
The Landy Valley Railway (LVR) is a fictional place, somewhere in the UK. Originally when the Railway was built it was called the Landy Valley Joint Railway (LVJR) and runs through the Landy Valley, which is where the line gets it name from. In many places the trains required bankers due to the steep gradients, on the preserved section the line is relatively level but once the line joins the national network theres a very steep gradient of 1 in 45, only 5 coach trains are allowed on this section when we run tours.
The LVJR was opened in 1898, it ran from Norwich (sharing part of the Great Eastern mainline) rite through to Birmingham, the line passed through the city of Brandiston, which lead to the junction at Landyford. From Brandiston you were able to get to London, Southampton, York, Padstow, Norwich, and many other places. As a result of this, the line used locos and rolling stock from all regions, including stock built specifically for the railway, and a few of these survive today! Brandiston Station wasn't the end of the line, it was still double track to Landyford, where the line then went to single. Landyford is where the LVJR ended and joined the GNR branch line to Sandsend, which is now part of the National Network, due to the steep gradient only a 4 coach train is able to go up the branch.
The LVJR was absorbed into the ‘big four’ companies, but still ran very independent until the end of steam in 1968. The line ran until 1978, and between 1978 and 1983, the odd rail tour passed through.
A preservation group called the Landy Valley Joint Railway Society (LVJRS) was set up in 1964 and already running the section from Gateley Moor to Itsfield although stopping just outside Gateley Moor due to BR still owning and occasionly running trains on whats now the main part of the LVR.
The society was then given permission to have stock at Landyford in 1966 as the the yard there was now redundant, but in 1973 BR told the LVJRS to remove the stock as BR started to lift track on the Landyford to Gateley Moor section, so in late 1973 the last train ran with the stock to Gateley Moor Station.
The LVJRS put a bid in for the whole section from Landyford to Southdown in 1974 of which would have made a 50 mile railway! Unfortinatly this failed and the LVJRS only got the Gateley Moor to Brandiston section! By 1975 the track from Gateley Moor to Landyford had been lifted. In 2001 we bought the Gateley Moor to Landyford section and in 2008 the line was reopened and relaid as double track.The section from Brandiston to Southdown will never be re opended due to the lack of track bed that still exsists.
Sadly when the LVJRS took over the Brandiston - Gateley Moor Section, the 3 mile long Itsfield branch of which the LVJR set up on, was closed as the trackbed was destined to become the Brandiston Bypass. All that remains of this branch is the spur leading off from the LVR.
As well as being a museum for steam, the LVR runs an all year round daily service for the daily commuters. We run a minimum of two trains at a time, all timetables run extensively, so trains don’t take long to turn around, and there are trains at least every fifteen minutes. We run the LVR just how it was in its hey days, so there’s regular trains, along with decent sized trains. We run mainly steam locos, but often you will find heritage diesels running on the line.
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