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.

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