Autumn Half Term – Christmas Holidays (Term-time) = Weekends only 12pm – 4pm*
Christmas Holidays = Santa Specials and General Running.**
* Weather permiting
** Seperate Advertising
Single £2.00 Return £3.00 5 people ride for the price of 4
Daily Rover tickets (Unlimited travel on day of purchase)
Family Rover Ticket (2 adults + 2 children) £22.00
We now offer a reduced rate travel pass, free of charge to people living in the Hastings and Rother area. Upon presentation of this pass , passengers may ride at the current group rates (£1.50 Single or £2.50 Return). Please apply in person with proof of residency.
The railway is 7 1/4″ gauge and consists of roughly a 400 yard running line in a loop, with a two platform terminus station called Fenn Street built off of a triangle junction with turntable and engine release road. A second station called Bell Wood is located on the main running line. Trains stop at Bell Wood for special events only. Both Stations have roof canopies that cover the platforms and track. The line makes its way around the pub grounds and zoo. Yes the Fenn Bell is a pub with a miniature railway and a zoo in the 4 acre grounds. The railway passes close by many of the animal enclosures giving a good view and a different perspective from the public walking route. On your trip you will pass by the duck pond, through a tunnel between the monkeys and parrots, passed the platinum foxes, raccoons, coatis, pigs and many others! The train makes its way around the main circuit twice giving a total journey of over a 1/3 of a mile.
The railway will re open in 2017 at Easter for our first special event of the year. The intentions are to then operate the railway every Saturday and the occasional Sunday from Easter to the end of August. During school holidays the railway will open Wednesday to Sunday.
The main running line is now complete and the full circuit was used for passenger running for the first time at our 2016 Halloween event. During 2017 work will continue on installing a turntable and second platform line at Fenn Street. The loco and carriage shed along with a permanant loading ramp also need to be constructed. The track is all being constructed on site by builder Paul Wenham. The rail is 20 x 10mm steel bar welded on to steel sleepers and then attached to pressure treated wooden sleepers. The track will then be laid on road planings and finished off with 20mm granite chippings.
There is currently a Romulus Steam engine under overhaul which will be used on the railway once complete in 2018 along with a Mardyke petrol locomotive which is currently on loan. A Station Rd Steam ‘Stafford’ is also currently on loan and will operate some services during 2017. Current stock consists of 4 purpose built CMD Engineering sit in carriages which were delivered new to the railway in December 2016. These are in a blue livery and finished with gold lining and logos. We also have 3 Mardyke carriages on loan from CMD so once platform 2 is finished at Fenn St a two train service will be possible later this year..
On site as well is a purpose built ballast wagon, a flat wagon, a tipper wagon and carriage for use on track laying and permanent way trains.
The railway is currently looking for volunteers with some previous miniature railway experience to help with laying and maintaining the track and to run the railway.
The Shibden Miniature Railway first opened in 1983 and is situated in the picnic area at the bottom of Shibden Country Park, which also boasts Shibden Hall museum, large boating lake and 8 hole golf course.
The Miniature railway runs around the lower part of the park, starting at the station by the bottom car park. The trains run through the picnic area and the twisted trees round the bottom bend and then start the steep claim up through the cutting over the crossing on to the first of the two bridges that span the Red Beck, on crossing the second bridge the train swings round through a tunnel and back into the station
Locomotives currently in use are Jake Thomas an 0-6-0 steam outline diesel hydraulic built in 2012 and Emily Grey a diesel electric built in 2014.
The railway is open weekends , bank holidays and school holidays, weather permitting
Shibden Park, Listers Road, Halifax, West Yorks, HX3 6XG
Our volunteer run railway is in the Pulborough Garden Centre, Stopham Road, Pulborough, RH20 1DS. Our trains will take you on an exciting trip through the gardens from Stopham Road Station.
Trains run from March to September and are usually hauled by a real coal burning steam engine. It’s great fun for adults and children alike.
The railway started in 2000 and we have carried many thousands of passengers on a journey of just under one mile.
We are always working to improve the railway and have built a new station and ticket office, an engine shed and extended the carriage shed. We have built a tunnel and will add portals over the coming months.
Come and see what we are up to and say hello. We pride ourselves on a friendly welcome.
SOUTH DOWNS LIGHT RAILWAY
Pulborough Garden Centre, Stopham Road, Pulborough, West Sussex, RH20 1DS
Barnards Miniature Railway was officially opened on Sunday 5th September 2010 when the first 260m of running track was completed. Since then our volunteers have been working hard to extend the line and as we prepare for our Santa Express running in 2015 we have reached Sitooterie Halt a good 1.2km from our starting point at Burtonshaw Terminus. The Halt is located a short woodland walk away from the Sitooterie which is on the lakeside. It has a central platform and like Burton Shaw 3 tracks and a turntable.
Our loop line runs from our new, albeit grass car park, to Belvedere Station and back which is itself a 1.3Km run.
During 2016 more work will be done to again extend the line to 1.5Km, this time to the other Terminus to be called ‘Angel Green’.
The main Terminus: Burton Shaw has been relocated to a more sylvan position where station buildings and toilets have been added. Burton Shaw Terminus is a 2-platform station with 3 tracks. The middle track being the engine release road which allows our steam and diesel engines to run round their trains via the turntable which is located at the East end of the Station adjacent to the new signal box and wind pump.
Soft water feeds and electric light have been provided at 3 of our soon to be four stations.
The line is aluminum 7 1/4 inch gauge and we have two engine sheds, a carriage shed, a small workshop and a Mess.
We run Steam, Diesel/Hydraulic, Petrol and Electric locos. Two, new to us, steamers have been acquired in 2015.
Our ambitious project for this year apart from completing the running line is to install a ‘Traverser’ in the yard to facilitate the use of the new engine shed and a remotely operated road-crossing gate.
In 2016 we will be enjoying Steam and Diesel days, running our Easter, Candles on the Lake Lighting Extravaganza and Santa Express trains as well as hosting six birthday parties and supporting Barnards Farm when it opens its gardens to raise funds for the charities supported by the National Garden Scheme (NGS)
Considered by many the finest 7¼ inch gauge railway in Britain, the BHLR first opened to the public on the 14 July 1975. Given PECORAMA’s location, high on the hillside above the village of Beer, a ride on the railway offers wonderful views over Lyme Bay to distant Portland Bill.
Having been gradually extended over the years, the line forms a complex convoluted circuit now one mile in length. In addition to a lengthy tunnel, the route includes bridges, extensive sidings, one so steeply graded as to zig-zag down to the ‘Beer Mine’, set in the hillside above Wildway Park, stocksheds and a large well-equipped workshop.
At the busiest times, service is provided by running up to three train sets and four locomotives at once. Smooth operation during such times is assured by our fully automatic fail-safe signalling system.Much of the railway’s extensive fleet of locomotives and rolling stock is based on British narrow gauge railway practice such as the well known ‘Great Little Trains of Wales’, but one-third of the size!
Bekonscot Model Village and Railway is the world’s oldest and original model village, opening for the first time in 1929. With over 80 years of history, huge model railway, 1.5 acres of well kept gardens and finely detailed model buildings Bekonscot is a great day out for everyone.
Stuck in a 1930s time warp, see England how it used to be, and discover a wonderful little world tucked away from the hustle and bustle of eveyday life.
Come and take a trip on the Bekonscot Light Railway! Our narrow gauge ride-on (7.25” gauge) miniature railway weaves its way behind the model village, criss-crossing some gardens, encircles a pond and returns to the terminus.
The light railway runs every day during our open season, from 10:30am until 4:30pm, departing “on demand” every few minutes.
Bekonscot Model Village and Railway, Warwick Road, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, HP9 2PL
Tel: 01494 672919
Bentley Miniature Railway is a 1 mile 7 ¼ inch ground level public passenger carrying miniature railway in the grounds of Bentley located between Uckfield and Lewes accessible from both the A22 and A26. Bentley is an ideal day out for all the family.
The railway runs passenger trains powered by a variety of forms, steam, petrol, diesel and electric every weekend of the year and East Sussex school holidays, for full details of when we run, see below
The railway is operated entirely by volunteers and funded by passenger fares.
Bentley Wildfowl & Motor Museum, Halland, Nr. Lewes East Sussex BN8 5AF Tel: 0845 8672583