In the 1980s a two-foot gauge railway was built on the site to
help move materials. Much of the track was reclaimed from BR and
other railway sites. The railway was formerly opened by TV
gardener Geoffry Smith in 1988. Man power was generally used to
move trucks around the site, although several diesel locomotives
were also used.
Poster for opening of narrow gauge railway by Geoffrey Smith in
On closure much of the rolling stock, including the locomotives,
was sold or moved to other locations, although several trucks were
left in situ at Poppleton.
The railway is seen as part of the history of the site as well as
being a useful transport system. We have restored four wagons, one
of which had been left in the open when Jarvis closed the site. A
tipper truck and a motorised trolley have been obtained on loan
from the Ripon Light Railway.
One of the trucks as found on the site in 2009 (top) and
in restored condition (lower)
The track has been extended as far as the site boundary at the
west end of the site and plans are in hand to install a new point
further extending the track to include a possible balloon loop.
A model railway has been built by two volunteers to give the
flavour of the Poppleton Nursery. Certain areas on the model will
be recognisable to those who know the nursery, or have seen
photos, but the stock is just the items the builders have
available. The layout was exhibited at the 2011 Narrow Gauge North
model railway show and it is generally on display at the all-day
Scene on PCRN model railway
© 2017 Poppleton Community Railway Nursery.