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Thorne Memorial Park Miniature Railway, Thorne, Nr Doncaster
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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.  A new name has been given to the railway and a new website now has all the information about the railway that continues to be operated by the volunteer members of the Doncaster & District Model Engineering Society during the Summer months and for other scheduled events listed on the new website.   

Memories of the Thorne Memorial Park Miniature Railway Pre-2011
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Events like the Teddy Bears Picnic  in May 2009 were once some of the special events that were arranged and given some good publicity including the offer of free rides for children bringing a teddy bear.

Whilst passing the Alan Keef works near Ross on Wye

Whilst driving down to Gloucester we passed the yard of Alan Keef's and noticed the sign outside advertising their steam day  on the 20th September 2014. Below are two photographs of their previous steaming days. Click here for more information.

Model weekend at the Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft 7th Sept 2014

In 1953 he exhibited, for the first time, his still legendary model trolley bus at the Nuremburg Toy Fair. These models found their way to Great Britain and has since become a very collectable item on E-Bay. Several working models were on display.

The Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft held their annual model weekend and again models of many different varieties were on display at the museum to see above we see Graham Bilbe with his display of steam, clock work and electric locomotives.   

Above Andy Thornton with his Scalextric display in the interior display area.

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
Shepherds Place 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

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

Ruswarp Steam Railway  Address: The Carrs, Ruswarp, nr Whitby, North Yorkshire
Telephone: 01947 600109
Operator: Chainbridge Riverside Retreats
Line Length: 700 yards, Circular
First opened: 1990

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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Tuesday, 09 September 2014