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Home Page February 2019

Welcome to the "Bob's Railway Days on Platform 2" website. This website used to give all the information about the latest operating days and other information related to the then Thorne Memorial Park Miniature Railway.  The railway operated by the D&DMESL has a new website and new name Thornepark Railway this website has all the information about the railway of the Doncaster & District Model Engineering Society including the operating days.  Click here  go to their website . Trains will be operating again Easter Sunday 2019 plus some operating days between now and then subject to weather. On going winter track and rolling stock maintenance will be taking place during the winter months.  See their website and Facebook page  for further details The website has the Facebook link

Left: Train going around the outer circuit in the park  Right above: Summer Festival Event 2018 the main event of the year for the town and the railway lots of stalls, live music etc    Far Right: notice as on shed door. For more information about the 2019 event visit their website.

Wednesday Working Day at the Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft

The Wednesday working group are working hard to restore and maintain the fleet of motorbuses, trolleybuses and other work in readiness for the start of the 2019 operating season that starts previous to Easter on the weekend of the 6th and 7th April (Saturday and Sunday) 2019.

Left Upper: Work on the single deck Doncaster Motorbus No 22 being prepared for a trip to Reading to have some work carried out on the engine. Middle Doncaster Motorbus 94 (fitted with a trolleybus body)  Continues to receive an extensive overhaul in the museum's workshop. Upper Right: O/S front axle continues to be cleaned and painted. Lower Left: one of the safety barriers receiving a new coat of paint. Lower Right: Bradford motorbus 558 continues to receive attention every week. The London RT is on the list to receive attention after some work the previous week.

The Reading trolleybus 193 built in 1961 and entered preservation in 1969 and was operating for the 2018 season receives a set of new tyres This is another of the trolleybuses now on the list for a full repaint and other restoration.   

Work on the 1984 Doncaster Electroline trolleybus continues whilst site work clearing up the Autumn leaves, pruning and work to re-whiten the road marking continues near to the Bradford motorbus 

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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