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.
We draw our name and inspiration from a 1902
proposal to build a 3'6" gauge line the from North Eastern Railway's
main-line Ripon station to the city centre and to Fountains
Abbey. The project had been welcomed by the
City Council - until they realised how much disruption would
be caused by laying track through medieval streets. The NER played on these fears - and won approval for
their novel motor bus service instead.
The whole of our site, in 1847, formed part of a larger area under consideration as a location for the new Ripon station. The Leeds and Thirsk Railway had bought the Ripon Canal Company, and amongst its assets was our site.
Website (information only): www.riponlightrailway.co.uk
Research enquiries best via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Book a visit: either via e-mail or call us on +44/(0)1765 690906.