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Old railway Lines – Miniature Railways – North Bay Railway, Scarborough

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Miniature Railways

North Bay Railway, Scarborough

 Scarborough_North_Bay_Railway_-_2006-08-03Loco 1931 Neptune passes 1932 Triton at Beach Station, 3 August 2006.      North Bay Railway (NBR) is a miniature railway in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England. It was built in 1931, to the gauge of 20 in (508 mm), and runs for approximately 7⁄8 miles (1.4 km) between Peasholm Park and Scalby Mills in the North Bay area of the town.  

Author This photograph taken by  Optimist on the run.  Permission  (Reusing this file)  This file is released under the following licences:  Creative Commons CC-BY-SA   GFDL Version 1.2 only

  North Bay Railway (NBR) is a miniature railway in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England. It was built in 1931, to the gauge of 20 in (508 mm), and runs for approximately 7⁄8 miles (1.4 km) between Peasholm Park and Scalby Mills in the North Bay area of the town.

The grand opening

The opening ceremony took place at 2 p.m. on Saturday 23 May 1931. The locomotive, Neptune, was officially handed over by the Chairman of the North Side Development Committee, Alderman Whitehead, to the Mayor of Scarborough, Alderman J.W. Butler, for the Entertainments Department. Alderman Whitehead made a short presentation speech:

“On behalf of the National Union of Drivers, Engineers and others, I have to present you, the first driver of the North Bay Railway Engine, with your insignia of office, your oil can and your ‘sweat rag’.”

The mayor was presented with a peaked cap, an oil can (adorned with a blue ribbon), and a rag, before driving the train from Peasholm Station non-stop to Scalby Mills, at which point the engine was transferred to the other end of the train for the return journey.

800px-NBR-scarborough-scalby1Copyright (c) Timothy L’Estrange, 2006

Timetable & Fares


23rd February – 22nd March 2013

Saturday & Sunday

Open 11am -3pm

Monday – Friday  Closed


First train: 11 am from Peasholm Park

Then: On the hour and xx.30 from Peasholm Park and xx.15 and xx.45 from Scalby Mills.  Until: 3pm

Glass House Cafe is open everyday over half term 16th – 24th February from 10am until 4pm


Child Single £2.10

Adults Single £2.60

Child Return £2.70

Adult Return £3.30

Children under the age of 3 travel free – Season ticket and group travel tickets are available

N Bay Rly GeoNorth Bay Railway

Scarborough North Bay Railway is a miniature railway. It was built in 1931, to the gauge of 1 ft 8 in, and runs for approximately 3/4 miles between Peasholm Park and Scalby Mills, offering beautiful views of Scarborough’s North Bay.

The line is now operated by the North Bay Railway Company Ltd.                            © Copyright Nigel Chadwick and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

While in Scarborough, you could also ride the Central Tramway:

Central Tramway Scarbro KACentral Tramway – Scarborough

The top station and, one of the two cars of Scarborough’s Central Tramway. It is a funicular railway which was opened in August 1881 when it was steam powered. Conversion to electrical power was undertaken in 1910, with the current cars date from 1932. The incline is as steep as 1 in 2. Behind the station is one of the corner turrets of the Grand Hotel. © Copyright K A and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Central Nearly Half Way CJNearly half-way

Central Tramway, Scarborough. Despite its official name, it is probably better described as a funicular or cliff railway, as the cabins are not lifted vertically but are cable-hauled up a steep slope. Both cabins are in motion.  © Copyright Christine Johnstone and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

A Weekend Off!

A Weekend Off!

It’s one of those things you say you’ll do – but never get round to.  I have wanted to visit the north-east coast, around Scarborough, for more years than I care to remember.  This year I made it!

We decided to have a long weekend away, taking in the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.  Early on Friday morning, we set off towards the M1 and Whitby passing through Pickering – where the North Yorks Moors Railway starts and where we were booked to stay for a couple of nights.  On to Whitby and our first port of call – the Abbey. Passing through the town it was strange to see a name which I had not heard of since I left school in Lichfield in 1954, Caedmon.  At our school there were three ’Houses’ – Spencer, Chaucer and Caedmon.  We were told that they were poets but, although I had heard of the first two, I had never heard of Caedmon before or since.  Apparently he was the earliest English poet to be remembered by name and became a Monk in Whitby Abbey.  The Abbey proved to be well worth the visit and we ate our lunch there, overlooking the bay, in the warm breeze.

Lunch over, we left the Abbey and went down into the town for a look round.  The old life-boat came up the estuary, returning from a short trip taking passengers around the bay.  That seemed like a good idea so off we went on the next trip.  The weather was fine and the sea calm – just right!  While we were on the boat we heard a steam whistle and were told that it was the local steam bus – a Sentinel called ‘Elizabeth’, so, back on dry land, off we went in search of the bus stop and had a trip around Whitby with Vern and Viv. 

Vern wasn’t always a bus driver!!

Afterwards it was back to Pickering, book in and find somewhere to eat – we went to the Black Swan and a first class meal.

Saturday morning, early breakfast and a walk to the station to catch the first train of the day to Grosmont, over the North Yorkshire Moors.  Of course, we had to visit Goathland, home of ‘Heartbeat’ also known as AidensfieldA great day on a great railway with a bit of a problem after lunch due to the hot, dry weather and a fire on the moors.

After we got back to Pickering we decided to have a quick trip to Scarborough.  It’s somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit, we didn’t stay long – just fish and chips on the front, a look at the sweeping bays and we found the building used when filming the hospital scenes in the ‘Royal’.

Next day it was the start of the long trip home – via Rievaulx Abbey and Nunnington Hall – both lovely places to visit.  At Rievaulx there was a display of old crafts such as pottery and wood-turning, all before the days of electricity – fascinating.  Then we went to see the Abbey from the Terrace and temples – a marvellous view over the Abbey and countryside.

Back to the car again for the final visit of the weekend – Nunnington Hall.  Another lovely place, with the added attraction of Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang on the lawns.  The Carlisle Collection of Miniature Rooms is housed in the attic, fully furnished in the styles of different periods, and is worth a visit in its own right.