If you are interested in miniature railways and their histories , you will find this magazine a excellent source of information on both past and present systems. Available from the publisher at http://miniature-railway.com/ . Now in its 18th issue, all back issues are available from the publisher. Very highly recommended.
Miniature railways 1
This is the first page of a sort of miniature railway scrapbook. It will contain some of the lesser lines around the country, that dont really warrant a page to themselves. This in no way means that they are not worth a visit. As always, please support as many of the lines illustrated as possible. There are many miniature railways around the country and the gauges are many and varied , as are the locomotives and stock used on these lines. Passenger carrying railways range from about 5" gauge up to around 21" The best site for imformation on miniture railways in Great Britain http://www.miniaturerailwayworld.co.uk/ . There is also a excellent collection of photo's on flickr by trainsandstuff showing many lines. http://www.flickr.com/photos/trainsandstuff/collections/72157625373928578/
1] Hall Leys Park Railway Matlock . 2 ] Queens Park Miniature Railway Chesterfield . 3]POOLE PARK RAILWAY 4] Abbey park miniature railway Leicester 5] Hotham park railway . 6] Foxfield miniature railway .
Poole park miniature railway opened in 1948.10 1/4" gauge . [not yet visited ]. The Atlantic loco shown on the postcards is one of two built for the line in 1947/8 named "Vanguard " & " Valiant " and the photo shows the former, which was sold in the early 1970's. The line still runs today, please see http://www.pooleparktrains.co.uk/index.php .
Abbey park miniature railway Leicester
The Leicester Society of Model Engineers was founded in 1909. In 1949, the Parks Committee gave the Leicester Society of Model Engineers permission to install a miniature railway for model engines on Abbey Park. The railway is open to the public most Sundays throughout the summer. Gauges range from 2.5”, 3.5" and 5" gauge on the upper raised line and the second is a continuous ground level track some 2,600 feet long, of 5” and 7¼” gauges . http://www.lsme.org.uk/
Hotham Park Railway 12 ¼ inch 900 yards .
The Hotham Park Railway opened in 1969 and was originally run by the Ian Allan Group . Over the years it has had a number of rebuilds and it opened in its current form in 2007. It is now operated by a Keef steam outline 060 named "Boris " Hotham Park, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, PO21 1HV Hotham Park Railway Website
Foxfield light railway , miniature railway .
Foxfield miniature railway is a dual gauge 5" and 7 1/4" ground level railway which is located at the standard gauge Foxfield light railway. The line in now approximately 1000 yards, with a main station terminus and the enterance of the car park of the Foxfield Railway, running up and along the top of the field to a passing loop where the 5 inch gauge track stops. The 7 1/4 then continues on into a balloon loop which then connects back up to the main line. http://foxfieldrailway.co.uk/driverexp.php?gclid=CMLi6-KOucwCFckV0wodh-IPag .
NEWBY HALL MINIATURE RAILWAY
Newby Hall Miniature Railway 10 ¼ inch 1000 yards . The Newby Hall Miniature Railway built by Cromar White opened in 1971 . Newby Hall, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 5AE [ Site Entry Fee ]
Website: Newby Hall Miniature Railway Website Locomotives.. 6100 "Royal Scot " 4-6-0 Battison 1953 D1017 " Lady Mary Vyner " 6-6w Severn Lamb 1970 " Countess de Grey" 4w-4 Severn Lamb 1973