Welcome to the website of our light railway project in Ripon, North Yorkshire (UK). The permanent 2' gauge railway uses Hudson track and rolling stock and Lister locomotives. Its purpose is to move maintenance materials around a small development of houses and light industrial workshops - and to play trains! The railway is a private site and visitors are welcome by prior arrangement only.

Ripon & District Light Railway draws its name and inspiration from a 1904 proposal to build a 2'6" gauge line linking Fountains Abbey and Ripon town with the North Eastern Railway's main-line station at Ripon. The project was welcomed by the City Council - until they realised how much disruption would be caused by laying track through medieval streets. The North Eastern Railway played on these fears - and won approval for their novel 'motor bus' service as an alternative.

Visits can be arranged with the owner, Neill Clayton, on (01765) 690906.


  Ripon & District Light Railway - - +44 (0)1765 690906