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Yaxham Light Railway

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Yaxham’s first narrow gauge railway line was laid by the late Mr D C Potter in the Station goods yard in 1967 for his Hunslet 0-4-0ST CACKLER. In 1969 the loco was moved to the Yaxham Park Light Railway (YPLR), which once ran for over ½ a mile in meadows beyond the station.

Today there are two separate narrow gauge railways at Yaxham. The line in the goods yard was begun in 1980 and is now only used for freight movements. The line on the station side was initially re-laid over part of the YPLR from 1982 using light 20lb per yard rail, but from 1988 a start was made to completely renew this railway in heavier 30, 35 and 40lb rail. An incline of 1 in 38 was formed, allowing track to run down to the standard gauge level; in the other direction extra land has been purchased, enabling a 120 yard extension alongside the cutting. The total length is some 360 yards with a service line to the engine shed as shown in the diagram above.