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Gartell Light Railway
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Headquarters Templecombe
Locale England
Dates of operation 1990–Present
Track gauge 2 ft (610 mm)
Length 34 mile (1.2 km)

The Gartell Light Railway is a privately run narrow gauge railway located at Yenston in the Blackmore Vale, south of Templecombe, in Somerset, England. It operates a 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge railway running for 34 mile (1.2 km), partly along the track of the old Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway. The railway has 4 stations - Common Lane, Pinesway Junction, Park Lane and Tower View.

The railway is controlled using a comprehensive signalling system operated from two signalboxes - Common lane and Pinesway Junction. Both signalboxes control a mix of semaphore and colour light signals with mechanically operated points.

The railway is open to the public on selected dates through the year when it normally operates an intensive 3 train operation with departures from Common Lane station every 20 minutes through the day between 10:30 and 16:30.

The route of the GLR

  • Park Lane
  • Pinesway Junction
  • Tower View


Number Name Builder Type Date Works number Notes
1 AMANDA Gartell Light Railway Bo-BoDH 2000 Ex Southend Pier Railway, rebuilt on the railway
2 ANDREW Baguley-Drewry 4wDH 1973 3699 Acquired in 2007
5 ALISON Alan Keef 4wDH 1993 10
6 Mr. G North Dorset Locomotive Works 0-4-2T 1998 698 Newly built for the line, based on the design of W.G. Bagnall locomotive Polar Bear
9 Jean Alan White 0-4-0T+T 2008
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