North Bay Railway (NBR) is a miniature railway in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England. It was built in 1931, to the unusal gauge gauge of 20 in (508 mm), and runs for approximately 7⁄8 mile (1.4 km) between Peasholm Park and Scalby Mills in the North Bay area of the town.
The opening ceremony took place at 2 p.m. on Saturday 23 May 1931. The first 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.
During WWII , the railway was closed as it was in the Coastal Defence Area. The last train ran on 6 July 1940 and the railway remained closed until the Easter weekend 1945 .Scarborough Borough Council continued to operate the line until 2007, when it was “Privatised” by being leased to the North Bay Railway Company Lid..
Developments since then, have included the acquisition of two further steam outline diesel hydraulic locomotives, sisters of the original NEPTUNE and TRITON., also built by Hudswell Clarke, for a miniature railway, long closed, in “Golden Acre” park, Leeds. They now carry the names POSEIDON and ROBIN HOOD.. In 2016, they were joined by the line’s first proper steam locomotive. GEORGINA, which has moved away from the scale model concept, and is a typical narrow gauge 0-4-0 industrial saddle tank.
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