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Going back in time to the days of the original Thorne Memorial Park Miniature Railway .
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Keeping the tracks clear of grass and weeds at Thorne memorial Park in 2008/9. Originally the tracks did not have any wooden edging boards, but with funding obtained boards were purchased and these with some care and attention the appearance of the circuit was transformed.     A new page has been added to the From the Digital Archives in addition to the original

Doncaster Platform "0" work continues 

Work has continued hoist the prefabricated sections of the access walk ways to the new platform.  Platforms 1 to  3  were closed again on Sunday 24th 2016 and many of the train services being replaced by coaches.

Sandsend  Nr Whitby revisited 19 April 2016

A victim of the Doncaster Beeching cuts was the line from Whitby to Saltburn. During a holiday some exploration was possible either  by bus or a walk along the Cleveland Way footpath between Sandsend and the tunnel . Just a few remains of the viaducts can be found in the two estuary channels. 

The former railway station still in situ.  As is part of the former platform which is now gradually disappearing into the undergrowth. Below left is the start of the walk from Sandsend of the Cleveland Way using the former railway track bed. A short distance along is one of two remaining fence posts.

Some views of the tunnel entrance now closed and firmly locked. Above we have a view of the railway line in its later days with steam with a train heading towards Sandsend. I can well recommend taking the walk along the beautiful costal walk that also includes a landscape that resembles the moon's surface a legacy of the mines nearby. 

Continuing along the to Runswick Bay 19 April 2016

Searching for a station at Runswick Bay seems to have hit the buffers as locals said there was never a station there and the railway tracks long removed. The only remaining rail to be seen is for the  hoisting the boats up the jetty whether it is still used I cannot really say but it serves as a heritage feature near to the toilets.

Something Blue  Something Red 17th April 2016

Blue Skies and sunshine greeted visitors to the Thorne park Railway and The Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft today after a couple of days of heavy rain, hail and even snow. Top Left the new Class 39 locomotive .To the right is the former 1959 Huddersfield Trolleybus No 619 going around the inner circuit .

Above Left the 1955 Manchester 1344 which was Manchester's Last Trolleybus of 1966. To the right representing Bradford is No 792 1944 Karrier W4 East Lancs. (1958) H39/31F Formerly Darlington chassis with single deck body.

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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