Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Scarborough's historic Miniature Railway and Medieval Castle built in 1150

The Railway – This historic miniature railway in Yorkshire is celebrating its 84th year of operation.

Nelson (1931)
The North Bay Railway has been carrying passengers on a 7/8 mile journey (1.4 km) since 1931. The track runs along the seafront from Peasholm Park to Scalby Mills station on the coast of North Yorkshire. 

I have fond memories of travelling on it as a child and when I revisited Scarborough a couple of weeks ago, my (adult) son and I went for a ride.

The locomotives – Neptune, Triton and Poseidon have a 4.6.2 wheel arrangement while Robin Hood (Number 570) has a 4-6-4T configuration.

Robin Hood (570)
All four engines were built by Hudswell Clarke of Leeds between 1931 and 1933. The track has a gauge of 20" (508 mm).

Nelson on the turntable for the return journey
When travelling south from Scalby, the ruins of Scarborough’s old castle keep and curtain wall can be seen on the headland.

Built in 1150 - Scarborough Castle stands on the headland
Scarborough Castle – Whilst the present stone fortifications date back to the 1150s, archaeological evidence shows that the Scarborough headland has been defended from as early as 900-500 BC (late Bronze Age/early Iron Age).
“Among finds dating back about 3,000 years, a Bronze Age sword, thought to have been a ritual offering, is on display in the castle exhibition.”
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