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Derwent Valley Light Railway

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Murton, York YO19 5UF

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4ft 8½in



The Derwent Valley Light Railway officially opened on the 19th of July 1913 and ran for a distance of nearly 16 miles from Layerthorpe Station at York to the village of Cliffe Common near Selby. Although passengers were carried in the early years, this discontinued in 1926 and the railway remained predominantly agricultural throughout the rest of its history. The DVLR was never nationalised and remained very much a “light” railway until its closure in October 1981.

The only section of the railway still in use is the half-mile section within the grounds of the Yorkshire Museum of Farming at Murton which is on the east side of York. The railway is maintained and operated by volunteers from the Derwent Valley Light Railway Society.