North Bay Railway

North Bay Railway

North Bay Railway, Scarborough, Yorkshire

Train Departing Scalby Mills Station, Circa 1969

Picture: © Copyright Alan Walker and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

The North Bay Railway is a unique in that it is the only 20 inch gauge railway in the world, it opened in 1931!

It runs for approximately 3/4 of a mile from Northstead Manor Gardens to Scarborough’s Sealife centre at North Bay. As of 2007 the Railway is operated by the North Bay Railway Company, before run by the council.

The Route

The route is 1300 yards long, and runs from Northstead Manor Gardens where there are other attractions beside the railway to the Sealife Centre at North Bay.

Peasholm Park

This is the railways main station. Around are numerous other attractions as part of Peasholm Park. Since 2007, there have been some changes made to this Station, the Engine shed has been extended and a Cafe has built.

Scalby Mills

Leaving Peasholm the train runs under a footbridge and alongside a lake, then entering a tunnel reappearing further up the lake passing the restored water ride on the right.

Running under another footbridge trough a small park before turning into the Halfway Station, on two train days, the trains pass here.

Carrying on, the line climbs slightly as it runs on a shelf embankment, before entering Scalby Mills Station.

There are plans to build a museum here showing the history of the line. The locomotive is turned and the train returns to Peasholm!



Operating Dates: See Website

Line Length: 3/4 of a mile


  • Huddswell Clarke 4-6-2 S/O Diesel No.1931 Neptune
  • Huddswell Clarke 4-6-2 S/O Diesel No.1932 Triton
  • Huddswell Clarke 4-6-2 S/O Diesel No.1933 Poseidon
  • Huddswell Clarke 4-6-4T S/O Diesel No.570 Robin Hood

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