About Saltburn Miniature Railway
The 15-inch gauge Miniature Railway is entirely manned by dedicated volunteers providing train rides for 5/8 of a mile along the wooded valley beside Skelton Beck. It passes through grassland where there are picnic areas and a variety of play areas before arriving at Forest Halt station. You can take a short walk over the bridge taking you to the Italian Gardens and Victorian Tea Rooms or simply remain on the train for the return journey.
First Established 1947
First established in 1947 by Mr. H. Dunn of Bishop Auckland. The original line was then only 300 Yards long. It started adjacent to the old Brine Baths Pump House, through a tunnel and along the flood plain of the Skelton Beck.
Line improvements 1948
In 1948 Dunn made improvements such as extending the line to the foot of the ramp from the sea front (A174) and installing a reversing loop around the former tennis courts, north and south of the half penny bridge.
Obtained a unique locomotive 1949
In 1949 Dunn obtained a unique miniature locomotive, the 1909 Blacolvesley, a 4-4-4T, built by Bassett-Lowke of Northampton, which was later renamed Elizabeth.
Saltburn Miniature Railway Association1983
Saltburn Miniature Railway Association was formed. This was after a number of years when the line fell into dereliction. It was run in the fifties be C. Pickering who owned the Saltburn Motor Services. This was bought out by Cleveland Transit which was run by Langbaurgh Council, this sale also contained the railway. It ran for a year or so before finally closing. It was tried to be revived by one or two people but it never succeeded and laid almost derelict. This is when a meeting was held in Saltburn with the intention of forming an association to bring back the railway. The association was formed in 1983 with the first trains running in 1985.
Saltburn Miniature Railway Ltd 2016
In 2016, Saltburn Miniature Railway Association became Saltburn Miniature Railway Ltd.