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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 have a new website which has all the information about the railway that is operated by the volunteer members of the Doncaster & District Model Engineering Society during the Spring/Summer months and for other events listed on the new website.  Click here to go to this website

Operating Days for 2015 announced for the Thorne Park Railway
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The new website by the Doncaster & District Model Engineering Society have now updated their website to show the operating days for 2015.  A mixture of photographs, events and members steam locomotive "Sarah"

Not so much a Platform 2 as Platform "0" at Doncaster

Network Rail have proposed a number of alterations to the layout at Doncaster to mitigate some of the existing issues. These improvements include the upgrading of certain goods lines to passenger standards, the installation of bi directional signalling, and the construction of a new platform to the north of the existing station to accommodate terminating services from the Thorne lines and thus relieve pressure on platform 1 of the main station.  This new platform is already gaining the name Platform 0.  The chose location once served as a cattle train loading area known as the cattle dock. It used to be a popular location for young railway enthusiasts at the weekends and school holidays for gathering rain numbers. After the 1960,s the cattle dock was mainly used for goods trains. In the 1980's and more recently the new Doncaster Bus Interchange came along and the platform was removed. Recently there has been suggestions that part of the are can again be used but this time for passenger trains from Thorne, Scunthorpe etc  that terminate at Doncaster.

Platform 1 in Doncaster station is extremely busy at times with the trains for London to and from Scunthorpe and Bridlington. Delays of trains can have an on going effect . So the solution seems to be a platform similar to the service for local all stations to  Leeds which is terminates in a dead ended Platform.

The all stations to Leeds train awaiting to depart from Platform 6  Whilst on the opposite side of the station the tracks saw little use on the former cattle dock siding in more recent times as can be see by the vegetation but that is soon all to change. As work seems to have started on the Platform 0 project.

Work has started the vegetation has now gone and new point work us ready to be put in place.  It's a case of watch this space or the developments. Little information can be found on the internet but if any one has some and you would like to e-mail the please do so.  Already the markings are in place telling us where the lift and new footbridge will be (10 March 2015)

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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.     


Other Places to Visit

Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft
Rochdale Society of Model & Experimental Engineers
Grimsby  & Cleethorpes Model Engineering Society
Saltburn Miniature Railway
Ikenham and District Society Model Engineers
Sandtoft Miniature Railway Group

Wortley Top Forge Railway
Seven Valley Railway
Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway
North Yorkshire Moors Railway
Seven Valley Railway
Tanfield Railway
Wells Walsingham Railway
Nene Valley Railway
Rhyl Miniature Railway

Llangollen Railway
Welsh Highland Railway
Bala Lake Railway
Sherwood Forest Steam Railway

North Bay Railway Scarborough
North Yorkshire Moors Railway
Ravenglass & Eskdale Steam Railway
Wolds Way Farm Railway
North Norfolk Railway


Saltburn Miniature Railway Open Saturdays Sundays Bank Holidays From 1pm until 5pm Weather permitting Click here to visit their website

Historic seaside miniature railway's in North Yorkshire,
Now celebrating our 83rd year, we have been operating trains since 1931, taking passengers for around ¾ mile from Peasholm Park to Scalby Mills stations, offering beautiful views of Scarborough's North Bay.
100% wheelchair and pushchair friendly.

The Saltburn Cliff Lift is a funicular railway located in Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Redcar and Cleveland and the ceremonial county of North Yorkshire, England. It is the oldest operating water-balance cliff lift in the United Kingdom. Lower Prom, Saltburn-by-the-Sea TS12 1HQ

Please note that this website is to be reformatted so some of the pages may differ in layout. I do apologise for the fact you cannot presently directly access the information that I once gave about the operations of the miniature railway in Thorne Memorial Park, I did offer to continue the website at no cost as it been from 2000, but the societies committee decided not to take up the offer when I resigned from the D&DMESL. Instead the society decided to create a new website called "The Official Site for Thorne Railway" and of course a new domain name totally oblivious in their what seems to be a lack of knowledge about publicity and the consequences that would result. This means that the extensive publicity information I had put out of the original website for the railway, contact addresses and telephone numbers for eleven years. So therefore there is still publicised in many tourist information centres and other websites and publications which they do not seem to have taken much action about by the phone calls, e-mails and other enquiries I still receive.

Note from the webmaster

For the latest weather conditions for the Doncaster Area click here or any of the weather links on the other pages where provided.

Certain photographs on this web site may have the faces etc of a person or persons blurred for reasons of identity especially non-adults inline within the recommendations of the Child Protection and Vulnerable Adults Act even though I may have the permission of the person to take the photograph.

Whilst every effort is taken to ensure that links to other websites are correct, some are changed without me being informed or being aware of them.

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Thursday, 26 March 2015