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“Great attraction, a must for steam fans”
Review of Strathspey Railway

Strathspey Railway
Ranked #12 of 47 things to do in Aviemore
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Steam through the stunning Scottish Highlands in style.Our steam engines take you on a very special trip through the Cairngorms National Park as you travel between Aviemore, Boat of Garten and Broomhill.Why not make your trip extra special with one of our dining on board options: Light Lunch offers soup, sandwiches, tea and coffee; Afternoon Tea has some sandwiches, scones with jam and cream followed by some delicious cakes; or enjoy a full three course Sunday Lunch or Dinner. Why not upgrade to First Class to enjoy a meal in one of our compartments, finely decorated in it's own tartan, with vintage British Rail mirrors and luggage racks inside. Split your trip up with a visit to Boat of Garten to explore some fantastic walk trails or bring your bike on board to explore the great cycle routes in the area. See if you can beat the train back from Broomhill on your bike!We are also taking part in the Great Railway Treasure Hunt 2013, so there's plenty for the kids to do on the trip!
Useful Information: Food available for purchase
Reviewed 24 September 2017

This volunteer run railway is a mecca for steam enthusiasts to take a trip down memory lane. The line runs through lovely scenery to Broomhill a few miles from Aviemore. Steam engines and ex LMS coaching stock, proper trains. You will need to book seats during busy times. The trains stop at the intermediate station, Boat of Garten to take on water and each round trip takes 800 gallons of water. Cafe at Aviemore station. Limited car parking available

Thank Chris C
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Reviewed 21 September 2017

A must do! Like going back in time, I felt like Miss Marple. If going, I suggest you do the lunch! Go

Thank Liz F
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Reviewed 20 September 2017

Enjoyable experience with enthusiastic, friendly staff. The best views are on the right hand side for Aviemore departures.

1  Thank AndyPlusJan
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Reviewed 20 September 2017

I am a regular visitor to heritage railways around the UK and work as a volunteer on one in the east midlands of England so I feel I have some experience to comment.

We arrived by road at Boat of Garten (mid point on the line) and found a lovely attractive station. Parking was free and easy to find. We bought tickets but were off put by the booking office staff who were disparaging about things to see at their Aviemore station. "You'll see it all in two minutes" was hardly inviting. We were told that we could ride behind two engines that day as the Sunday lunch service was in operation.
Train arrived (super Caledonian steam engine) and we set off to Aviemore. Average scenery but clean coaches. Aviemore didn't have much to see on the station and we didn't have time to go off the station to visit the town.
Engines changed over and we finished off the rest of the round trip arriving back in Boat of Garten.

The station staff had kindly arranged for me to visit one of the two signalboxes (I am a signal manager on my home line) and it was very good to see. Never been in a Scottish Railway SB before. However the signalman quickly moaned and "dissed" the signalling technicians on the line and was disparaging about other signalmen.

Overall I think a pretty line but not much to see and the railway needs to look at the way it works internally and improve "team culture". Potentially they could do a lot better.

Oh....and I didn't see any café facilities anywhere on the railway apart from a small on-train bar. But the Sunday Dining Special train looked wonderful.

1  Thank Keith P
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Reviewed 18 September 2017

As we were staying in the Strathspey Hotel in the Aviemore Centre we thought we would spend some of the morning on the steam railway. The carriages gradually filled up and were at capacity when the whistle blew to tell us we would soon be underway. Wonderful to enjoy the sounds, sights and smells of steam once more in this superb trip down memory lane.

Thank Robandeil
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