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Welcome to Leadhills and Wanlockhead Railway
Heritage Railway Association - Award Winners 2016

Leadhills is the home for Britain's highest narrow gauge adhesion railway, reaching 1,498 feet above sea level. Operated and managed by a team of dedicated enthusiasts, all of whom are volunteers, the railway welcomes visitors every weekend during the summer months. We also run special events outwith these times and hope that families enjoy our Easter, Halloween, Santa and Steam Weekends. On Saturdays and Sundays, the trains run frequently, with journey time taking 25 minutes. The journey takes you from the station at Leadhills to the terminus at Glengonnar halt before returning back to the station. The train runs past the disused Glengonnar Mine, where minerals were first excavated in the 1450's. The narrow gauge track has been built on the original track bed of the Caledonian Railway and today runs a variety of historic industrial diesel locomotives. Visitors are invited to explore the signal box and railway shed, view the trains and wander around our small shop and museum.

20170211 233958594 iOSBack in November 2016 we were nominated to be included in the HRA Annual awards, Small groups, this was for the work we did putting on the Road Closure service in July 2016. There was a short list of 4. These were: -

  • The Bredgar and Wormshill Railway, for the creation of an appealing collection of working Railway artefacts.
  • The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, for the completion of a booking office at both ends of a complete branch line.
  • The Headhunters Barber Shop and Museum, for a very individual approach that brings many aspects of the railways in Enniskillen to life in a working barber shop.
  • And The Leadhills and Wanlockhead Railway, for providing essential public transport into their village whilst the main highway was closed, saving a 50 mile detour.

The awards dinner was held on Saturday 11th Feb at the Wolverhampton Low Station conference centre. David Winpenny attended as the representative of the railway, and he is delighted and very proud to announce that we won the award. The award itself is a solid brass plaque that will take pride of place at the station in Leadhills.