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South Devon Miniature Railway

The SDMR was formed towards the end of 1992 and saw its first public trains run in the Spring of ’93; at this stage the line was only a few hundred yards long and entailed an end-to-end operation with propelling in one direction from the station beside the shed.

However, the site at Buckfastleigh has boasted miniature railways of different gauges in the past before its current existence, starting back in the late 1970s when the Manning Wardle locomotive Yeo ran around a 7 1/4 gauge line. Evidence of this previous history can be seen at one of the foot crossings near the Rose Garden, where there is another rail embedded in the crossing laid to 10¼ gauge.

A journey today lasts between 8-10 minutes and takes passengers on a ½ mile trip around the award-winning grounds of Buckfastleigh station on the South Devon Railway.

No 3 Pheonix waiting for the days services to start at Buckfastleigh Junction Station ©Kelvin Stapleton

Departing from Buckfastleigh Junction station we pass through the Patio Garden where friends & family wave good-bye, then traversing the level crossing and running parallel to the River Dart for a short distance before entering Riverside Tunnel; on certain days we are joined by the Riverside Shuttle running alongside us as far as Otter Halt. Beyond the tunnel, crews have to work their engines hard to climb the steep gradient to Dartbridge, one of the highest parts of the line, thrown into this is a fearsome S-bend which really tests both engines and their crews.

As we reach the half-way point, to the left is the SDR’s new carriage shed built in 2017, this is lost to view as we now turn south again to head back to the Junction. It is at this point we reach the newest part of the line, Dartbridge Loop, which was completed during the winter of 2016-17, and enables the SDMR to run two trains in opposite directions simultaneously and allows us to run more trains at busy times. Should we pass another train here, keep an eye out for the crews exchanging tokens to allow them to proceed onto the next section of the line. With the loop behind us, another climb ensues to allow the line to cross over the top of Riverside Tunnel; if timed right when to two trains are running you will see the second train disappear into the tunnel as we cross over it.

Here is No 3 Pheonix on a test train shortly after the loop was commissioned ©Kelvin Stapleton

Here we can see No 3 Pheonix running in the opposite direction through the tunnel. If you look closely you can make out the Tram, just about to go over the top of the tunnel ©Kelvin Stapleton

The train now has a brief view of the shed yard across the car park as we head towards the level crossing, with the all-clear from the crossing keeper it is time to descend back into the gardens one of our steepest gradients, passing the junction to the Shed Branch and entering Garden Cutting and finally rounding the curve back into Buckfastleigh Junction Station and journey’s end.

This is a staged photograph from when we re-opened Otter Halt. On certain special events we have visiting guest locos. Here we can see the Tram and Otter posing for the camera ©Kelvin Stapleton

Traction on the line has always been varied, ranging from steam to diesel/petrol by means of electric and even pedal-power! At present the two operational locos are both petrol powered, No.3 ‘Phoenix’, the stalwart of the fleet, and a tram engine built by one of our members. Waiting to return to traffic are resident Hunslet No.8 ‘Idrys’ & petrol powered No.2, alongside two new build locos, a Class 25 & a T2 steam loco.

The Tram can be seen here on the Riverside Branch just outside Buckfastleigh Junction Station, on a demonstration freight. As well as coaching stock we have a fair collection of goods stock some of which is pictured here. ©Tim Symons

And Finally No. 3 Pheonix standing on the turntable before the days services after a polish and a clean. ©Kelvin Stapleton

http://www.sdmr.org.uk/

SOUTH DEVON RAILWAY TRUST
The Station
Buckfastleigh
Devon
TQ11 0DZ 

T: 01364 644370

Cinderbarrow Miniature Railway

Cinderbarrow Miniature Railway is a fantastic little railway that runs round the picnic site at Cinderbarrow,  Tarn Lane, near Yealand Redmayne, Lancashire.


It is open to the public for rides during the opening times below.

A varied selection of locomotives are brought along by our members to haul these miniature trains.

Members from other Model Societies are welcome to bring along their engines.

Opening Times
Every Sunday from
2nd April 2017 to 24th September 2017 (inclusive).

Easter Weekend:
14.04.17, 16.04.17,  17.04.17
Bank Holiday Mondays:
01.05.17,   22.05.15
28.08.17
weather permitting!
Train times
10.30am to 12.30pm

1.15pm to 3.45pm.
The site telephone number is 01524 781767 (Running days only).
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Hastings Miniature Railway

Hastings Miniature Railway is a 10.25″ (260 mm) gauge miniature railway located on the seafront of Hastings Old Town, East Sussex.

The railway opened on 5th June 1948 and still remains a popular tourist attraction to the present day.

The railway operates all year round (limited service through the winter).

Running days and opening times

Christmas Holidays – February Half Term (Term-time) = Weekends Only 12pm – 4pm *

 February Half Term = Daily 11am – 5pm

February Half Term – Easter Holidays (Term-time) = Weekends 11am – 5pm Weekdays 12pm – 4pm*

Easter Holidays = 10am – 6/7pm

Easter Holidays – Spring Half Term (Term-time) = Daily 11am – 5pm

Spring Half Term = Daily 10am – 6/7pm

 Spring Half term – Summer Holidays (Term-time) = Daily 11am – 5/6pm

Summer Holidays = Daily 10am – 7/8pm

Summer Holidays – Autumn Half Term (Term-time) = Weekends 11am – 5pm Weekdays 12pm – 4/5pm*

Autumn Half Term = Daily 11am – 4/5pm*

Autumn Half Term – Christmas Holidays (Term-time) = Weekends only 12pm – 4pm*

Christmas Holidays = Santa Specials and General Running.**

* Weather permiting

** Seperate Advertising

Fares

Single £2.00 Return £3.00 5 people ride for the price of 4

Daily Rover tickets (Unlimited travel on day of purchase)

Individual £7.00

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.

www.hastingsminiaturerailway.co.uk/

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Shibden Miniature 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.

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The railway is open weekends , bank holidays and school holidays, weather permitting

Address

Shibden Park, Listers Road, Halifax, West Yorks, HX3 6XG

Tel: 07854 658635

Email shibdenrailway@hotmail.com

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South Downs Light Railway

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.

Steam Engine Pulborough on its home railway

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

Tel: 07518 753784

http://www.south-downs-railway.com/

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Barnards Miniature Railway

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.

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Our loop line runs from our new, albeit grass car park, to Belvedere Station and back which is itself a 1.3Km run.

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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’.

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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.

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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)

Barnards Miniature Railway
Barnards Farm
Brentwood Road
West Horndon
Essex
CM13 3LX

www.barnardsminiaturerailway.eu/

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Beer Heights Light Railway

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.

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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!

Address Beer, Nr. Seaton, Devon, EX12 3NA
Tel  01297 21542
Fax  01297 20229
Website Beer Heights Light Railway

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Bekonscot Model Village & Railway

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.

Timetable

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

Fax: 01494 675284

www.bekonscot.co.uk/

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Bentley Miniature Railway

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.

No. 18 Thomas II, 7 1/4inch Loco

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

2017 opening dates at Bentley Miniature Railway

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

 www.bentleyrailway.co.uk

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