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.