Mark Smithers reports on the launch at Scarborough’s North Bay Railway of its first steam locomotive.
Georgina debuts at Scarborough
New-build Sipat replica Georgina is seen here at Peasholm Park immediately before the naming ceremony. Note the champagne bottle in readiness for the proceedings.
Billed in its 2010 souvenir brochure as ‘Britain’s biggest miniature railway’, Scarborough’s 20in-gauge North Bay Railway has constituted an important part of the town’s tourist industry for a period of more than eight decades.
Unusual, but not unique in being constructed as a pleasure-orientated miniature railway with a gauge in excess of 15 inches, the line was opened in the presence of Alderman JW Butler, then Mayor of Scarborough on Saturday, May 23, 1931.
The route runs from a southern terminus at Peasholm Park, where the railway’s shop, booking facilities, sheds and workshops are situated, via the currently disused Beach station, a distance of about 1500 yards to the northern terminus at Scalby Mills.
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