UK’s last railway nursery marks 30th anniversary

By Stuart Chapman

POPPLETON Community Railway Nursery is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its internal narrow gauge railway.

What is Britain’s last surviving railway nursery, located at Poppleton near York, dates back to the Second World War, when the station goods yard was used by the LNER to grow food for the company’s hotels and staff canteens.

The 2ft-gauge line serves the everyday needs of the Poppleton nursery. STUART CHAPMAN

The 2ft gauge railway dates back 30 years to 1988 when it was introduced to transport materials and produce around the nursery.

Much of the track was reclaimed from BR and other railway sites. The railway was formally opened by TV gardener Geoffrey Smith in 1988.

Sadly, the nursery and the railway fell into disrepair following privatisation and most of the infrastructure and equipment was disposed of. However, in 2006, following abandonment of the site by Jarvis, interest grew in retaining the last railway nursery left in the country.

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