Miniature Leeds railway on the move

END OF THE LINE: Volunteer Gerald Barker.

END OF THE LINE: Volunteer Gerald Barker.

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Thousands of people have taken memorable trips on a piece of meandering train track that was once the pride and joy of a late Leeds engineer.

The Abbey Light Railway, which ran from Kirkstall Abbey to Bridge Road, in Kirkstall, was the realisation of a childhood dream for Peter Lowe, who lectured in engineering at what is now Leeds Technology College.

But after the 77-year-old’s death in October, the quarter-mile narrow gauge railway closed and after a failed bid from volunteers to keep it going, the railway was sold.


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