The Miniature Railway
The Newby Hall Miniature Railway which runs along the River Ure, is a delightful ride with fantastic views of the gardens. The Royal Scot Steam Locomotive is in action on Sundays and Bank Holidays. Every other day of the season, our gas locomotives run a regular service – and always on time!
The Railway first opened in 1971, originally an end to end line, built by Cromar White. The line, now extended runs parallel to the river in the shape of a dumb-bell loop and operates every day of the season. Locomotives used on the railway are two Severn Lamb Western gas locomotives as well as the Royal Scot steam locomotive. The journey takes approximately 12 minutes.
A 4 month project over winter 2018/19 saw the 1.4 km railway track totally renewed with steel rail. The original track was alloy and has been replaced with steel track and reconstituted plastic sleepers. The project was delivered by experts in the miniature railway industry. The Royal Scot locomotive has been restored over the last few years with the final works being carried out by the steam workshop.
Train Tickets £3.00 (under 2s are FREE)
Groups: £50 for a group of 20
The railway operates under a strict Covid risk assessment
- Social distancing markers and signage has been installed on the station platform
- Hand sanitising stations installed on the station platform
- Passengers are required to wear facemasks except children under 11 years and those exempt under the govt guidelines
- Train seats, handrails and all other touch points are sanitised regularly
- Contactless ticket checking system in place
- Numbered carriages will ensure maximum distance between passengers, family “bubbles” to sit together
We are looking for new Railway Volunteers, to assist with the running of this much-loved Newby feature. You don’t need to be a railway or engineering expert, but you will need energy, enthusiasm and a willingness to work as part of a small team. Tasks range from painting railway buildings and weeding the track, to stripping down locomotives and driving the trains. If you can spare a day each week or so, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01423 320406.