The NW&DMR is maintained and operated by an independent volunteer group with the aim of providing a miniature train ride service around the garden grounds. We operate a variety of trains including both steam and battery hauled services from April – October and then Christmas Services in December.
The Railway is located at the Harlow Garden Centre on junction 7 of the M11 motorway. Construction of the line began in May 2019 and the first trains ran in September 2019.
The Saffron Walden Society of Model Engineers who were originally based at the Audley End Miniature Railway have relocated to the NW&DMR having had to move from Audley End in September 2019. This of course has been a huge benefit to the NW&DMR with the arrival of more volunteers and rolling stock to help run the Railway.
The Route of the Railway is a single 1/4 mile loop around the garden area with a terminus station. The line is steeply graded and the locomotives have to work hard to get their trains round the track. The line also has a return triangle which enables trains to make several loops of the track before returning to the station.
There is already plans to extend the line to incorporate a double track mainline section with a dual gauge 7 1/4″ and 5″ line running east towards the M11 from the current loop layout. When complete this will give us a total running length of just over 1/2 mile!
The railway is always after more volunteers to help build and operate the railway. If you are interested in being part of this brand new miniature railway then please get in touch!