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Yaxham Light Railway is a narrow gauge light railway situated adjacent to Yaxham railway stationmarker on the Mid-Norfolk Railwaymarker. It is located in the village of Yaxhammarker in the Englishmarker county of Norfolk.


Mr D.C. Potter opened the site's first narrow gauge line in the former goods yard in 1967. This was constructed for his Hunslet 0-4-0ST, "Cackler", and the disused tracks of this line can still be seen from passing trains on the Mid-Norfolk Railway.

In 1969 the loco was moved across the standard gauge line to the Yaxham Park Light Railway (YPLR), which ran for over ½ a mile in meadows beyond the station, eventually being replaced by today's Yaxham Light Railway.

Present day

The railway has a gauge of and the main running line is some long. It operates a collection of industrial railway equipment acquired over the years from quarries and other locations throughout the country. Passenger trains are usually hauled by a variety of vintage diesel locomotives.

Rolling stock

Narrow gauge steam locomotives
  • YLR No.1 – “Coffee Pot” – vertical boilered locomotive built at Yaxham
  • YLR No. 16 – “Elin” – Hunslet “Small Quarry” Class 0-4-0 Saddle tank built 1899
  • YLR No. 20 – “Kidbrooke” – W G Bagnall Ltd 0-4-0 built 1917

Narrow gauge diesel locomotives
  • YLR No. 2 – “Rusty” – Lister “Rail-Truck” built 1948
  • YLR No. 3 – “Pest” – Lister “Rail-Truck” built 1954
  • YLR No. 4 – “Goofy” – Orenstein & Koppel with a Single Cylinder Crude Oil Engine
  • YLR No. 6 – “Colonel” – Ruston & Hornsby built 1940
  • YLR No. 7 – Ruston & Hornsby 16hp class, built 1934
  • YLR No. 10 – “Ousel” – Motor Rail Ltd ‘20/28hp’ plate frame type, built 1937
  • YLR No. 13 – Motor Rail Ltd ‘20/28hp’ plate frame type, built 1940
  • YLR No. 14 – “Coldmeece” – Ruston & Hornsby class ‘20DL’, built 1943
  • YLR No. 18 – “Planet” – F.C. Hibberd & Co Ltd type 39, built 1962
  • YLR No. 19 – “Penlee” – Hudson Hunslet 25hp, built 1942
    Number 19

Standard gauge goods wagons
  • GWR 126977 MOGO Cars Wagon, grounded body and former narrow gauge locomotive shed.


  1. Yaxham Light Railway; Yaxham Station and its railways
  2. Yaxham Light Railway (2005). Yaxham Light Railway. Retrieved January 13, 2006.
  3. Yaxham Light Railway (2005). Site Layout. Retrieved January 13, 2006.

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