As mentioned in our review of Scarborough North Bay Railway we love miniature railways and the one in the village of Gilling East is a particular favourite. It’s on a different scale (pardon the pun) to Scarborough and runs in a giant loop around the grounds of the former village school. The engines are all perfect replicas of real locomotives, both steam and diesel, and you hitch a ride by sitting on the roofs of the scale carriages.
We found it by chance a couple of years ago when we passed a small sign advertising it off the B1363 York to Helmsley Road. The railway is operated by a friendly group of volunteer enthusiasts from the Ryedale Society of Model Engineers and runs most Sundays from Easter through to the end of September.
Train rides are available from 12 – 4.30pm. Tickets cost 50p each or £2.50 for 6 rides – one ride is never enough. There is a free car park and plenty of room for picnics.
They also have a splendid clubhouse, recently built with Lottery funding, which serves refreshment. Tea, coffee, soft drinks, crisps, chocolate and ice cream are available with hot drinks costing just 50p.