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The miniature railway was named the "Thorne Memorial Park Miniature Railway" between 2000 - 2012. Then a new name was adopted "ThornePark Railway" with a new website with that name and a new Domain name. The link is provided above. A new page has been added to the From the Digital Archives in addition to the original page. Already the extra new page is nearly full so a further archives page will be added next time.


Due to other commitments this website will be reduced in size both with photographs etc.  Consideration is being given to setting up a Facebook page. This would enable photographs to be of a higher resolution and much easier to load and also take up less space on the near full external hard drive. So please watch this space.

I purchased the steam locomotive Remus a 7 1/4 inch gauge Romulus type locomotive for operation at the Sandtoft Trolleybus Museum, on the Sandtoft Miniature Railway where it operated until 2000 when the railway group ceased operating at the museum. It was transferred to the then Thorne Memorial Park Railway where it operated until 2012. Currently the locomotive is in storage at a private new railway awaiting some work. It had been hoped that it might be on display back at Sandtoft alongside a portable track layout that is being considered for a steam event as below.

For further details about admission times and prices etc please go to the museum's website and go to the events page.

Recent work at The Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft .

The trolleybus often referred to as a Railless or Trackless uses electricity and had resistances similar to that of electric trains of the same era. Regrettably similar to trains the resistance bank on trolleybuses with age start to fail. As with the photograph on the right the fins become thin and then start to burn out, yes they can be strapped out but this is far from ideal so consideration to have more permanent repairs or replacement need to be carried out as here with the preserved 1945 (rebodied 1955) Doncaster Trolleybus. Air Industrial Developments of West Bromwich are  now undertaking an inspection in readiness to consider the next stage forward. Their telephone number is 0121 553 4446 and ask for Paul.

The Narrow Gauge Railway at the East Anglia Transport Museum

Established in 1965 The East Anglia Transport Museum is an open-air transport museum, with numerous historic public transport vehicles (including many in full working order). It is located in Carlton Colville a suburb of Lowestoft, Suffolk. It is the only museum in the country where visitors can ride on buses, trams and trolleybuses, as well as a narrow-gauge railway. So lets have a look at the narrow gauge railway on a visit on September 2nd/3rd 2017

The Chapel Road station is the start of your ride on what is called the East Suffolk Light Railway.   

Left an early map of the museum layout including the railway. Above a train arrives in the Chapel Road station .

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Thursday, 14 September 2017