Beer Heights Light Railway

Beer Heights Light Railway

The Beer Heights Light Railway is located in the grounds of Pecorama, Beer, Devon.

2-4-2TT no.7 'Mr, P' at Much Natter station

2-4-2TT no.7 'Mr, P' at Much Natter station

It first opened t0 the public on 14th of July 1975. It is considered by many to be the finest 7 1/4 inch gauge railway in the UK!

Fitting that Peco should be based in Beer, as the village never had a Standard gauge railway!

The railway runs in a complex loop for one mile.

On the way round you pass through the longest 7 ¼ inch gauge tunnel in the UK which runs under the main car park.
Further round the line you get some glorious views over  the village of Beer and the coast.
There is plenty to see at Peco, not just the railway.
Peco is obviously famous for it’s model railways, including there permanent exhibit.

On busy days and special events, there is a Shuttle service which operates from Little Moore Loop, to Wild-way Down halt. Normally operated by the Tram engine.

The BHLR is obviously famous for it’s Loco Weekend too. Where all there fleet plus visiting locos operate a busy Timetable!

There has been a lot of work going on over the Winter period, a new engine shed has been completed, 4 articulated Coaches, and a new loco has arrived at the line, a Tinkerbell 0-4-2T type loco built at the Exmoor Steam Railway. It is privately owned.


The BHLR is working on another set of 4 articulated Coaches, which when added with 4 already constructed will form a full rake! These coaches are a new livery of Crimson and Cream.


Operateing days: weekdays & saturdays (Closed Saturday afternoons!)

Line Length: 1 mile.

Operational Locomotives:

  • BHLR 2-4-2TT No.7 Mr. P
  • BHLR 2-4-4T No.9 Claudine
  • Roger Marsh 0-4-2TST No.4 Thomas II
  • Romulus 0-6-0TT No.8 Gem
  • TMA engineering 2-4-0TST No.5 Linda
  • Western Narrow gauge 2-4-2 No.1 Otter
  • David Curwen 0-4-2TWT No.3 Dickie
  • Exmoor SR 0-4-2T Samastipur
  • Severn Lamb Bo-Bo diesel No.6 Jimmy
  • BHLR Bo-Bo Tram No.10 Alfred


The Tunnel, the longest on any 7 1/4 inch railway

2-4-2TT N0.7 'Mr.P' in Much Natter Station

Single Fairlie 2-4-4T No.9 'Claudine' on shed

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1 David Eatwell August 30, 2010 at 3:48 am

It was with the greatest pleasure that I visited the BHLR on Friday (27/8/10) so I feel I must write to thank you all for the wonderful reception I was given and the invaluable help I received. As a result I feel I have obtained a first class selection of photographs which will help to remind me of my great day out in Devon. Andrew Burnham was kind enough to be on hand to make sure I didn’t miss anything, and overall it was one of the most pleasureable experiences I have enjoyed for a long time.
Here’s to my next ‘Beery’ visit!
Best wishes.
David Eatwell.

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