All aboard! Seven houses perfect for rail fans

Indulge in your hobby without leaving the house

A train on the West Somerset Steam Railway

While trainspotting is less popular these days than it was in the golden era of steam, it's still a hobby for as many as 100,000 people across the UK. It takes dedication - and stout clothes, as standing about for hours on a railway platform certainly isn't for the faint-hearted.

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But some lucky people get to enjoy their hobby from the comfort of their own home: we look at seven houses perfect for rail fans.

Combe Florey, Somerset

The West Somerset Steam Railway

You couldn't get closer to the West Somerset Steam Railway than this - the track runs right past at head height, making for some surreal views. And this four-bedroom house comes with a two-bed barn conversion, so there's plenty of space for train-spotting friends. It's a lovely old stone house, Grade II listed, and there's a beautiful south-facing garden. It costs £585,000 through Purple Bricks.

Monks Close, Cornwall

Old Luckett Station

Trains haven't run through Old Luckett Station since 1966 - which is probably a good thing, as the station-house itself faces a leisure complex, created from the old waiting room and ticket office, across the tracks. The four-bedroom house is immaculately presented, and the leisure complex houses an indoor heated swimming pool as well as a sauna, spa bath and shower room/WC. There are several other outbuildings in the two and a half acres of land, and lovely views across Dartmoor and the Cornish countryside. The house costs £695,000 through Purple Bricks.

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St Pancras Place, Kings Cross, London WC1

View of St Pancras from the apartment building

It won't be finished until July, but this two-bedroom duplex apartment is just yards from King's Cross and St Pancras stations. It consists of an open-plan reception with contemporary fitted kitchen and large master bedroom with access to a private terrace, as well as a second bedroom with access to outside space, luxury family bathroom and guest WC. Close to Eurostar, it would make the perfect pied-a-terre for the European train traveller with £1,150,000 to spare; it's available from My London Home.

Burnham, Buckinghamshire

The model railway in the garden

A 170-yard light railway track winds its way round the garden of 1920s farmhouse Lea Rig - 'a relic back to the passions of a previous owner', say agents Hamptons. The six-bedroom detached house is centered around an octagonal hall, and there are three further reception rooms plus a study. For those wishing to commute via rather larger trains, Taplow station is just a short walk away. There's an asking price of £1,450,000.

Penmaenmawr, Gwynedd

"Whether you are a train enthusiast or looking for a mixed residential or commercial investment which could produce an income of over £20,000 per annum this is your chance to buy a piece of North Wales & railway history," say agents Auction House North West. For a guide price of £125,000, you'll get Penmaenmawr Station itself, which is on the main Euston to Holyhead line with 20 trains stopping there each day. On the ground floor, there's a chunk of retail space, and there's a three-bed flat above, It's up for auction on 18 May.

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Southwold, Suffolk

The model railway in the attic

The attic room takes up most of the top floor of this period house, and has a large working Hornby railway running all the way round. There's a fitted cupboard - though the railway currently runs right through it. The railway can be removed, or sold separately. There are another two bedrooms, a brand new kitchen diner, and the house is just minutes from the beach. It costs £725,000 from iMove Estates.

Preston, Lancashire

The interior of the shop

This last property is purely a commercial proposition - but it'd be easy enough to find somewhere to live nearby. Transport Models was founded in 1989 and turns over around £771,000, with a gross profit of around 33%. There's over £400,000 worth of good quality stock at cost value, including model railways, collectable diecast and plastic soldiers. It's up for sale for £100,000 through agents Hilton Smythe Commercial.

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