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Abbey Light Railway

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Yorkshire
53° 48′ 59″ N 1° 36′ 16″ W
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Demolished
1976
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Abbey Light Railway was a 2 ft narrow gauge railway located in Kirkstall, Leeds, West Yorkshire.

The line was built by enthusiasts in 1976, made up mostly of members from Ffestiniog Railway. They used second hand rail from Ffestiniog and laid the line over a few years, eventually extending to 3⁄4 mile from Kirkstall Abbey to Bridge Road, Kirkstall.

At first the line was a private railway, but then in 1986, it received permission to run passenger services for members of the public. These ran from Spring to Autumn, every Sunday and most Bank Holidays.

In 2006 plans were made to extend the line to the Armley Mills Industrial Museum nearby. This would have involved crossing both the River Aire and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

Peter Lowe, the founding member, died in October 2012, because of this, the railway closed. The decision was reluctantly made by his widow to sell off the rolling stock and infrastructure. All but one of the locomotives and most of the other material was sold to the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway in Porthmadog.