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Home Page November/December 2020

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.  In 2012 the D&DMESL created a new website and new name Thornepark Railway this website has all the information about the railway.  The Thornepark Railway will be temporarily closed until further notice due to the Coronavirus situation.  Please visit their website and Facebook page (follow the link on the website) 
Most Heritage Railways/Tramways and Transport Museums are closed again due to the lockdown restriction that came into effect on November 5th The new measures will apply nationally for four weeks up to and including Wednesday 2 December. At the end of that period, the restrictions will return to a regional approach, based on the latest data.

A visit to Cleethorpes 11th September 2020

The Covid -19 virus has effected many of our visitor attractions. The coastal resorts have been some that have seen many visitors during the last few months and that includes Cleethorpes that has welcomed visitors since 1863 according to the sign on the towns main railway station . The weather has been very varied resulting on the better days the resort has been packed out.

The Land Train on our visit was very busy carrying passengers to and from the Pier  where we find all the fun fair attractions and the various food outlets traditional to the seaside resort. The resort is now on lockdown as from 5th November attraction suspended again.

The Cleethorpes Light Railway were able to operate a reduced service from Cleethorpes Promenade with the main station at Lakeside linking with the Road Train. On our visit the steam locomotives were being prepared for the weekend service.

A photo review of a few of the attraction that have closed again.

Due to operational problems caused by COVID-19 the Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft remains closed during 2020

The Axholme Stores Windows are being cleaned repainted and displays being made ready for 2021
That is until the latest Covid  --19 Lock Down in November .

A few Miscellaneous from the museum

Replicating the famous zebra crossing famed by the Beetles quite by accident as museum members carry part of show case front from Doncaster Museum. Doubt in either case the 15 mph speed limit was being exceeded.

Display window No 10 window sill receives a coat of paint. The Trolleyshop refurbishment underway, whilst a road sign reappears after a few years in storage as used in some of the restoration of buses at the museum. It has been part cut ready for fitting by the restorationist 

However work continued apace at the museum with the transferring of the railway tracks, rolling stock from another railway. Some extensive maintenance took place to the overhead wires and supporting traction pole replacements for the trolleybus circuit are planned. 

Sandtoft  District Railway
Work has now been completed to transfer the railway from the Ise Valley Railway Northamptonshire to the museum.

The unloading of the locomotives and other items of rolling stock has take place over the last few months since some of the lifting of the Covid restrictions. Planning and other legal matters will have to take place before the work can build railway at the museum.

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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