INTRODUCTION TO THE RAILWAY
The story of the New Herrington Light Railway began in 1983.
After almost ten happy years of running trains and steaming locos, family and work commitments and a host of other distractions saw the railway fall into disuse, dereliction and finally destruction. Eventually in 2000 the entire rolling stock was sold off.
Several rather half-hearted attempts resulted in the the construction of a much reduced raised line in contrast to the original extensive ground level line.
Now, with the development of MVL Bridges, it seems only natural that the NHLR should be resurrected.
The New Herrington Light Railway 1983-1985
I started in 16mm narrow gauge in the early 1980s. It was a visit to the 16mm Narrow Gauge Association Show at Stoneleigh followed by the purchase of a Mamod loco which set us off. Having joined the Northumbria Group my early Roundhouse Lady Anne, 'Lady Beatrice' , became a regular runner at monthly meetings. It even celebrated at least one mention and a photograph in an early edition of 16mm Today.
The New Herrington Light Railway played host to many a pleasant afternoon running. Sadly family and job commitments overtook the railway. Like many of its larger cousins the NHLR succumbed. Regrettably the stock was sold off, the track was lifted and much of the track bed redeveloped. Only memories, a few photos and the odd trace of track bed in the garden remain.
However, a movement began in 2009 to bring at least part of the NHLR back to life. With a new 'engineering' firm now on the site building bridges for narrow gauge lines, there is an impetus for resurrecting the line.
WE HOPE YOU WILL ENJOY THE STORY OF THE NEW HERRINGTON LIGHT RAILWAY AS IT IS RETOLD IN THIS GALLERY OF PHOTOS. LOOK BACK AT THE RAILWAY IN ITS EARLY YEARS AND SEE HOW AFTER DECADES OF DISUSE IT WAS RE-BORN.
ONCE AGAIN HERRINGTON ECHOES TO THE ROAR OF GAS BURNERS AND THE HISS OF SAFETY VALVES; NOT TO MENTION THE SLURP OF BEVERAGES AND IDLE CHATTER OF VISITING ENGINE DRIVERS