Posted By a63vette on 04/05/2008 5:08 AM
Hi guys, I'm in London - any good railroad sites/hobby shops/garden railroads to see? I'm staying in Mayfair.
Your nearest museum is at Covent Garden (which is a pleasant place to visit anyway.) The London Transport Museum is tucked away in a corner and has a few railway exhibits, plus buses, trams, etc. http://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/default.aspx
A fun trip is the train to Princes Risborough (Marylebone Station, Chiltern Line, about 1 hour,) where you will find Garden Railway Specialists at the bottom of the station access road. http://www.grsuk.com/
You are surrounded by restored railways about 1-2 hours away. The Bluebell line is in Sussex http://www.bluebell-railway.co.uk/.
The Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch is a unique 'miniature railway' http://www.rhdr.org.uk/rhdr/home_flash.html on the south coast. Unfortunately, most are no longer connected via the rail network, so you end up connecting via bus which takes a lot longer. And the NRM is in York, a mere 2 hours up the ECML at 125mph. Pick up a copy of 'Steam Railways" magazine for details of the full-size steam action.
The Princes Risborough shop is great I always call in when work takes me in that direction.If you are going there go a little further to the Didcot Railway Centre, Great Western steam in all its glory, Broad Gauge as well all 7ft1/2 inch of it!! take the Great Western main line from Paddington the centre is alongside Didcot station. Something smaller? Leighton Buzzard NG railway @ 1ft 11 1/2''.South of London? then try the Bluebell railway plenty of Southern steam here,it connects with the main line.