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I would like to wish you all Season's Greetings. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you for visiting this website since 2000. It has seen many changes and we have visited many places beyond the tracks of the miniature railway in Thorne Memorial Park. I would like to continue the website into 2020 it will be case of let's keep fingers crossed that circumstances will permit it to reach that 20th Anniversary. I would like to thank all of you who supported me to continue this website in this age of Facebook something that if I recall may not have been around in 2000. In the meantime have a great Christmas and I hope to be with you in 2020 Bob Ashton webmaster

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 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  to go to their website . This website has the Facebook link with the latest information about when trains are operating. The last scheduled Sunday operating day was on the 27th October. It is most important that you visit their Facebook page for any other extra operating days or events. The railway will should re-open on  Easter Sunday 2020.

Lower left on going track maintenance and checking prior to the last running day on Sunday 27th October.Lower right in some Autumn sunshine on the last day of scheduled train operation for 2019.  Upper right the railway operates in the beautiful surroundings of the park.

What is happening at Sandtoft

From the beginnings in 1969 to 2019. The first depot being erected on the former RAF Sandtoft Aerodrome to what we see today. The museum has recently acquired further land that over the  coming years will be developed to extend the trolleybus circuit and add new  vehicle storage buildings and exhibition hall.

Thorne Memorial Park Miniature Railway, Thorne, Nr Doncaster
From the Digital Archives of the Miniature Railway in Thorne Memorial Park

Latest News Page December 2013

The advertisement for the Santa Special on the website for the railway society. In reality no snow or trees which is a pity for much effort by the volunteers was put into the setting up of the tracks etc. 

The Santa Specials normally operated in Thorne Memorial Park were transferred to the town market place using a portable track set up by the members of the Doncaster & District Model Engineering Society amidst some of the craft stalls and entertainment area. 

From 2000 the miniature railway put on Santa Specials in the park and were highly successful especially as a result of adverting in the local press, leaflets and posters. Personally I feel these were a better attraction than a short length of portable track next to a derelict building in the market area. We made available courtesy of Brammal Construction Santa bags with gifts for the children, free soft drinks and much much more. It was a fun day for all ages with real steam hauled trains too. Least said about the last couple of years.   

The local community radio station TMCR FM used to provide the music for us and even one of the members seen setting up his model train layout for the children to try their hand at driving. Sadly the 2013 event was nothing like those events when I was a member.

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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