Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway

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Coordinates: 53°58′30″N 1°59′28″W / 53.975°N 1.991°W / 53.975; -1.991

The Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway (E&BASR) is a heritage railway in North Yorkshire, England, (formed in 1968 and re-opened in 1979). It is part of the former Midland Railway branch from Skipton to Ilkley (which closed down in 1965 14 years earlier). The E&BASR currently runs from Embsay via Draughton and Holywell to Bolton Abbey station, a distance of 4 miles (6 km). It is a long-term objective to extend the line to Addingham and Skipton.



The rolling stock on the line consists of 20 ex-industrial locomotives, the oldest of which was built in 1908; three diesel-multiple units; and ten other diesel locomotives. The railway holds annual galas including the popular Diesel Gala and the Harvest of Steam.

Embsay railway station was built in 1888. Bolton Abbey village is named after a nearby ruined 12th century priory, belonging to the Dukes of Devonshire.

The route was formerly part of the Midland Railway line that connected Skipton and Ilkley via Addingham. The railway was shut down by British Railways in 1965 and was left to rest in disrepair. Around 14 years later in 1979 a group of volunteers put forward a plan to reopen the line as a preservation line. This plan went ahead and Embsay railway station was refurbished and reopened. Then to the west of Embsay station, a loop was built for locomotives to run round. This was near the site of the former Embsay Junction, which was disconnected when the line closed. In 1987 Further extensions brought the line to newly-constructed halts at Holywell and Draughton.

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