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Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway - Thomas Day

The Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway (E&BASR) is a heritage railway in North Yorkshire, near Skipton. Closed in 1965 by British Railways. 

it was originally part of the Midland Railway route from Skipton to Ilkley. It currently runs for a total distance of 4 miles (6 km) from Embsay via Draughton Sidings, Holywell and Stoneacre Loop to Bolton Abbey station.

The railway has a long-term objective to extend the line in both directions eastwards to the West Yorkshire village of Addingham and southwest towards the North Yorkshire market town of Skipton.

Locos awaiting restoration, taken from the car park on arrival at Bolton Abbey Station.


Bolton Abbey station entrance, we had no idea that it was a Thomas Day Special when we arrived, but is soon became evident. 


Inside the station. 



On the way to Embsay Station. 



Embsay Station



Getting up steam. 


Thomas is a rather cheeky, but good hearted engine and generally behaves well, except when he is getting into mishap. He loves teasing the others and, on occasion, brags about his superiority, but is always brought down to earth in due course. If Thomas has one major character flaw, it is that he is forgetful, and slightly impatient. However, he is also optimistic and idealistic




Mavis is a diesel engine who works for the Ffarquhar Quarry Company at Anopha Quarry. She also works at the Sodor Slate Quarry. 


Percy is a fairly typical British industrial shunting locomotive. His bunker is quite unusual for an 0-4-0ST shunter, but was presumably added to allow him to travel greater distances without refuelling than was previously possible. 

These locos are Thomas's friend's for the day.





Raising steam.


An indoor lauout for anyone that wants to play trains. 


After an enjoyable day out at Bolton Abbey Priory and the railway time to head home, but not without a stop on the way for a meal.


Links to:

Article: Bolton Abbey Estate 

Video: A Day At Bolton Abbey & the Steam Railway