278 built in 1984 waits in 'Lightwater' in 2004 © C.Peake

278 passes the water chute ride in 2004 © C.Peake


Lightwater Valley Miniature Railway 15 inch

The Lightwater Valley Miniature Railway first opened in 1979 and is situated in the Lightwater Valley Theme Park near Ripon. The line is circular and runs for approximately ¾ mile. Trains run in a clockwise direction from the main station ‘Lightwater’ which has an attractive four road ‘Victorian’ style engine shed and stock siding. On the journey, the train makes brief stops at stations ‘Fort William’ and ‘Whistle Stop’ and passes over one bridge and through a tunnel. Various interesting and historic engines have operated here in the past. These include ‘Blacolvesley’, the only 15inch gauge Royal Scot (built by Carland), Barnes Atlantic ‘John’, 'Yvette' and Basset Lowke ‘Little Giant’. These have all since moved on and now trains are operated by a Rio Grande steam outline built by Severn Lamb, which previously ran at Flamingoland in North Yorkshire.

Address: Lightwater Valley, North Stainley, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3HT
Telephone: 0870 458 0040
Operator: Lightwater Leisure Ltd
Line Length: 1300 yards, Circular
First opened: 1979
Lightwater Valley Miniature Railway Website

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S/O 2-8-0DH
Severn Lamb




Opening Times: Please see website for details

Fares: Please see website for details

LVR Page was last updated on the 29th November 2010 with locomotives & history updated.

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