Welcome to Karen's Little Railway

Karen, Rupert & No. 10

Our family are building a 7 1/4 inch gauge railway in our garden in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Steam and diesel locomotives pull trains featuring sit-in carriages. It is an example of the type of railway dubbed 'minimal gauge', meaning it is genuine 12 inch to the foot narrow gauge as opposed to a miniature of something else.

We would like to share our enthusiasm and enjoyment through this website which describes the design, construction and operation of the railway. All the construction work is being accomplished using hand tools only, and the ground conditions are not ideal. Of course the same applied to the original navvies who built full size railways, but they had a work force far bigger than ours.

Some carriages will be designed by Karen to be accessible to everyone, including wheelchair users. This is particularly important to her because she suffers from Multiple Sclerosis.

Why Karen's Little Railway?

When Karen noticed our steam locomotive No.10 had the initials KLR on the cab and tender she joked that 'KLR' could stand for Karen's Little Railway. The name has stuck because this engine inspired Karen to become a 'railway director' actively involved in all aspects of the railway rather than just an interested onlooker. Read more about this in Our Journey

There are several picture galleries or slideshows (like the one below) on this web site. Click on a thumbnail to see a bigger picture. Once the bigger picture has appeared you can click on the right hand side of the picture itself to move on to the next one, or the left side to move to the previous one.