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When talking about railways, the mainstream media (particularly cheap gift books and DVDs that a relative might buy you because you "like trains") tend to focus on the biggest, fastest express trains. In this thread, I want to share photos of quaint little branch lines in the countryside. Standard and narrow gauge are both welcome. Stone built sheds, cheeky tank engines are encouraged. Starting with… Castletown station on the Isle of man steam railway.


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Remote Barrhill, on the route to Stranraer, retains semaphore signalling, and services are provided by the ubiquitous Class 156 Super Sprinter.


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Corsica's railways have a picturesque, run-down appearance enhanced by the older railcars, now being replaced by modern DMUs.


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Topsy, a Ruston & Hornsby narrow gauge engine, lives at the Llanberis lake railway in Wales.


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Big American trains can be quaint as well, especially when they are in somewhere as remote as Alaska.


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…of course nothing says "quaint" better than a run-down branch line in the middle of the countryside.


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This somewhat reminds me of the Transpolar railway (this is unofficial name, I mean parts of enigmatic Stalin's Transpolar mainline which weren't abandoned along with some lines constructed recently). This isn't a branch line, but it is definitely quaint. Literally just railway in a middle of the snow desert!


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This photo looks more conventional but (this is the same railway) it is just beautiful.


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Considering how loud and chaotic the Magic Kingdom can be the WDW RR is surprisingly quaint and relaxing.


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Strasburg! 4.5 steam-powered miles through Amish countryside.



This is cool. This is one of those things that makes me like Russian trains.


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Then heres another eloquent photo and very likely I will tell more about this part of the network in my 1520 thread soon after the New Year, so stay tuned if it is interesting to you.


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East Broad Top Railway, narrow gauge coal line in Pennsylvania. She operated as a tourist service from the 60's to 2006, when she was bought by someone.Her current owners are trying to give/sell her to a nonprofit.


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A *little* bit further south on the Essex/Suffolk border is the town of Sudbury. Its station is on a single-track branch running from Sudbury to Marks Tey, around twelve miles away.

Anyways, 156402 sits at Sudbury awaiting departure south on a bright summer afternoon.


Along with the occasional steam powered revenue freight!

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