Scenic Rail Winter

21 December 2023

Britain's railways can be picture-perfect at any time of the year, but we think there is something magical about them glistening in winter.

So, to celebrate this year's Winter Solstice, we've collated some of our favourite scenic railway photographs taken over the years. A big thank you to our followers on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram that have shared their beautiful winter photos with us, some are included below.

Take some time out, get cosy and relax with a warm drink as you enjoy browsing these chilly, but charming, photographs of scenic railways in winter.

And don't forget to follow us on social media for more stunning scenic rail photography throughout the seasons. We always love to see photos of your rail adventures, so be sure to share them with us on our Twitter, Facebook & Instagram pages.

Highland Main Line

Photo: Jonathan Bird & Network Rail

Snow plough train along Highland Main Line

Settle to Carlisle Railway

Photo: Anthony Ward

Train in the distance with rolling snowy countryside
Station with snowy mountain in the background
Stone station building with ornate footbridge

Hope Valley Line

Photo: onenorthernman on Instagram

Snowy train tracks with countryside and mountains in background

Whatstandwell Station, Derwent Valley Line

Photo: Colin Hoskins, Whatstandwell Station Adopters

Lightly dusted snowy platform with ornate footbridge Whatstandwell Station

Waterbeach Station, Cambridgeshire

Photo: Dom McWilliams

Station platform overlooking frosted fields | Waterbeach Station

Scarborough to York

Photo: Ricky Nowis

TransPennine Express Train travelling across lightly dusted snowy tracks

Train in the snow at Aspatria station, Cumbrian Coast Line

Photo: Martin Tweddle

Train in the snow at Aspatria Station, Cumbrian Coast Line

Sutton Park Line

Photo: Owen Griffiths

Robin sat on snowy bridge with train in background

TransPennine Express travelling through the Lake District, with the Howgill Fells as a snowy backdrop

Photo: Tom McAtee

Train with snowy mountains in background, scenic railway journey
Snowy day at Millbrook Station, Marston Vale Line
Llanwrtyd Wells Railway Station in the snow, Heart of Wales

Brundall Station Footbridge, Wherry Lines

Photo: Tarka_Man

Close up of path on top of footbridge covered in snow

Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Settle to Carlisle Railway

Photo: Flash Taylor

View from the train of Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Settle to Carlisle scenic journey

West Highland Line

Photo: rudakasia82

Blue sky and snowy moujntains along the West Highland Line

Medway Valley Line

Photo: Dom the Train Nerd

Train at the platform with Santa waiting to board

Kents Bank, Furness Line

Photo: Mary Rossall

Kents Bank Station in Cumbria covered in snow

Wickford Station, Southend Line

Photo: Nathaniel Dodd

Wickford Station platform and train covered in snow

Sunrise at Bolton Station

Photo: Tom McAtee

Sunrise at Bolton Station

Esk Valley Railway

Photo: Dr Phil Brown

Esk Valley Railway thick with snow

Blea Moor

Photo: Anthony Ward

Blea Moor in the snow

Ribblehead Station, Settle to Carlisle Railway

Photo: Tom McAtee

Ribblehead Station with snow covered mountains in the background

We'd love to hear what your favourite photo is. Join in the conversation on our socials using #ScenicRailWinter and sure to follow us on social media for more stunning scenic rail photography & videos throughout the year: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram & TikTok.

Please check for disruptions before you start your journey. You can do this through the National Rail website here.

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