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Going back in time to the days of the original Thorne Memorial Park Miniature Railway .
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Contrasts in s size two views showing the visiting petrol locomotive on the outer dual gauge circuit for 5 & 7.25 inch locomotives. Visitors enjoying the warm March sunshine and a cup of tea with the train service operating in 2007 
A new page has been added to the From the Digital Archives in addition to the original.

Thompson Park Miniature Railway Burnley

I have just received a Facebook message from the railway with a selection of photographs. This is a railway worthy of visit this summer whilst on our travels with the campervan so I shall be looking up the nearest campsites. 

The floods between Boxing Day and New Year hit the railway heavily, with over the quarter of the railway covered in silt washed in by floods. Ballast, the stones that help hold the track in place, has been contaminated or washed away and now needs to be renewed, along with the wooden sleepers which have suffered from resting underwater for such a significant period of time. So an appeal was put out for volunteers and people to help them restore the railway in readiness for the 2016 season.

RUNNING TIMES Every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday, plus Wednesday during school holidays from Easter until the end of September 12:00pm - 4:00pm If you would like more information on the railway you can visit their website on http://www.bpmrs.org.uk/

A visit to Hatfield Stainforth Station whilst shopping at Asda

Coal trains and other goods traffic pass through the Hatfield Stainforth station but none now take coal from the nearby Hatfield Colliery which suddenly closed in June 2015 and is now slowly being dismantled.  The colliery opened in 1916. The pit was stopped in 2001, and restarted 2007; the mine passed through a number of different owners in the early part of the 21st century, with subsequent operators entering receivership. During the same period the site was proposed as the location for high-technology coal burning power stations schemes which did not proceed.
In 2013 the major Doncaster-Thorne railway line which connected South Yorkshire to the Humber ports and Scunthorpe was blocked by a landslip at the colliery spoil for around 6 months. The cost of this and subsequent need to create new tips for the waste on the opposite side of Kirton Lane in Stainforth seemed to indicate that the 2016 closure was going to be brought forward.

The landslip after weeks of heavy rain back in 2013 resulted in the railway line being closed for 6 months costing the colliery and the Network Rail rather a lot of money and diversions of trains and alternative bus services. Above right the now closed colliery and the coal loading facility.

Major changes at Hatfield Stainforth station with the contrasting views from 1975 to the present day . Station buildings have been replaced by bus stop type shelters and the signal box is no more.  The once goods office still survives but no longer can you go in on a winters day and warm yourself in front of the open fire.

Thorne Central publication

Between 2001-2003 I arranged for the Doncaster & District Model Engineering Society Ltd. to receive considerable funding to purchase locomotives, materials for the building of coaches and the electric locomotive John L Stokes. We were also able to purchase two marquees for shows such as the Summer Festival Event. Plastic Tables and chairs for visitors to use. Stationary, publicity leaflets and much more were obtained by funding. I would estimate about £10,000+ worth of funding was obtained with many hours of form filling producing brochures for the funders. The Neighbour Renewal Community Chest also funded this special Newsletter that was made available free at local newsagents etc. Click here to see the contents.     

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