Yaxham Light Railway

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Yaxham Light Railway
Yaxham Light Railway 2009.jpg
Locale England
Terminus Yaxham
Commercial operations
Name Yaxham Park Light Railway
Original gauge 2 ft (610 mm)
Preserved operations
Operated by Yaxham Light Railway
Stations 2
Length 360 yd (329 m)
Preserved gauge 2 ft (610 mm)
Commercial history
Opened 1967

Yaxham Light Railway is a 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge light railway (heritage railway) situated adjacent to Yaxham railway station on the Mid-Norfolk Railway. It is located in the village of Yaxham in the English county of Norfolk.

History[edit]

Mr D.C. Potter opened the site's first narrow gauge line in the former goods yard in 1967. This was constructed for his Hunslet 0-4-0ST, "Cackler", and the disused tracks of this line can still be seen from passing trains on the Mid-Norfolk Railway.

In 1969 the loco was moved across the standard gauge line to the Yaxham Park Light Railway (YPLR), which ran for over ½ a mile in meadows beyond the station, eventually being replaced by today's Yaxham Light Railway.[1]

Present day[edit]

The main running line is some 360 yd (329 m) long. It operates a collection of industrial railway equipment acquired over the years from quarries and other locations throughout the country. Passenger trains are usually hauled by a variety of vintage diesel locomotives.[2][3]

Rolling stock[edit]

Narrow gauge steam locomotives

  • YLR No.1 – "Coffee Pot" – vertical boilered locomotive built at Yaxham
  • YLR No. 20 – "Kidbrooke" – W. G. Bagnall Ltd 0-4-0 built 1917 (named after its service at RAF Kidbrooke)[4]

Narrow gauge diesel locomotives

  • YLR No. 2 – "Rusty" – Lister "Rail-Truck" built 1948
  • YLR No. 3 – "Pest" – Lister "Rail-Truck" built 1954
  • YLR No. 4 – "Goofy" – Orenstein & Koppel with a Single Cylinder Crude Oil Engine
  • YLR No. 6 – "Colonel" – Ruston & Hornsby built 1940
  • YLR No. 7 – Ruston & Hornsby 16 hp class, built 1934
  • YLR No. 10 – "Ousel" – Motor Rail Ltd ‘20/28hp’ plate frame type, built 1937
  • YLR No. 13 – Motor Rail Ltd ‘20/28hp’ plate frame type, built 1940
  • YLR No. 14 – "Coldmeece" – Ruston & Hornsby class ‘20DL’, built 1943
  • YLR No. 18 – "Planet" – F.C. Hibberd & Co Ltd type 39, built 1962
  • YLR No. 19 – "Penlee" – Hudson Hunslet 25 hp, built 1942
    Number 19

Standard gauge goods wagons

  • GWR 126977 MOGO Cars Wagon, grounded body and former narrow gauge locomotive shed.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yaxham Light Railway; Yaxham Station and its railways
  2. ^ Yaxham Light Railway (2005). Yaxham Light Railway. Retrieved 13 January 2006.
  3. ^ Yaxham Light Railway (2005). Site Layout. Retrieved 13 January 2006.
  4. ^ "History". Kidbrooke Park Allotment Association. Retrieved 2 October 2017. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 52°39′06″N 0°57′35″E / 52.65163°N 0.95968°E / 52.65163; 0.95968