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Great Whipsnade Railway

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Whipsnade Zoo, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU6 2LF.

The Great Whipsnade Railway, also known as The Jumbo Express, is a 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) gauge narrow gauge heritage railway that operates within Whipsnade Zoo.

Construction started in 1970 and the initial line opened on August 26, 1970. The line provided rides within the animal enclosures and an additional attraction in its own right. Originally called the Whipsnade and Umfolozi Railway, it began as a short line running from near the children's zoo. It was later extended to form a loop through several paddocks.

The line was primarily equipped from the Bowater's Railway (now Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway) in Sittingbourne, Kent, which was the last steam-operated narrow gauge industrial railway in Britain.

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