THIS unusual aerial shot is of the Newby Hall Miniature Railway, which is open for business again – operating under strict Covid guidelines.

Wear a mask was the instruction taking a ride on the train this Sunday.

The line, at Newby Hall and Gardens, near Ripon, runs along the River Ure.

The Royal Scot Steam Locomotive is in action on Sundays and Bank Holidays – every other day of the season, gas locomotives run a regular service.

The railway first opened in 1971 and today’s extended line runs parallel to the river in the shape of a dumb-bell loop.

Locomotives used on the railway are two Severn Lamb Western gas locomotives as well as the Royal Scot steam locomotive. The journey takes about12 minutes.

Passengers are required to wear facemasks except children under 11 years and those exempt under government guidelines

Train seats, handrails and all other touch points are sanitised regularly, a contactless ticket checking is system in place and numbered carriages ensure maximum distance between passengers. Family ‘bubbles’ can sit together.

Social distancing markers, signage and hand sanitising stations have been installed on the station platform. Train tickets cost £3 - under twos go free.

For more details on opening times, prices and what’s open at Newby Hall, visit the website at