Going back in time to the days of the original Thorne Memorial Park Miniature Railway .
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. As far I know no trains, locomotives have operated on the tracks for 2017 . Above we used to operate a train for visitors on the first Sunday during the winter and early spring up until Easter which was highly successful and stopped the tracks from getting rusty. The above views were taken on the 5th February 2011. The electric locomotive had lost its "2011" head board somewhere. The "Margaret" coach was ideal for family's with young children. 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.
In search of what remains of the New Holland Station and Pier
New Holland Pier juts 1,375 feet (419 m) northwards into the River Humber at the village of New Holland in North Lincolnshire, New Holland Pier railway station stood at the seaward end of the pier Its purpose was to enable railway passengers, vehicles and goods to transfer to and from ferries plying between New Holland and Hull. The station was closed and the ferry withdrawn on 24 June 1981 when the Humber Bridge opened New Holland pier was taken over by New Holland Bulk Services who started a grain and feed import and export business in 1984. When the station and its neighbour New Holland Town were closed they were replaced by a wholly new New Holland station south of the latter, which formed an integral part of the Barton Line which is still operating today.
Above in its latter days of use a train is ready to depart for Cleethorpes. One of the paddle steamer having just left New Holland pier and heading towards Hull Pier. No longer can trains or the public access the pier now since the business set up in 1984. To the far right we have Barton Station that is the end of the line that comes from Cleethorpes.
Above The Google Satellite view showing the present day station and the pier going out into the Humber. To the right is a train arriving from Cleethorpes at the New Holland station 14th January 2017
Above the Humber Bridge that replaced the ferry crossing is one of the outstanding features of the River Humber. Less prominent is the New Holland signal box that once controlled the trains heading towards the pier. To the right is the familiar two way arrow sign and a signal for trains approaching from Barton.
The crossing gate for road traffic to the businesses is still manually operated. To the right looking towards New Holland station the overgrown track to the left are those that once connected to the pier .
Back across the level crossing we are now looking at the now disused tracks heading towards the pier. To the left the tracks have been tarmaced over but are still in situ, it can be imagined how it might have been prior to the closure of the railway services to this once most unusual station that I can remember visiting.
What is happening at Sandtoft
Operating Days for 2017 now published on the museum's website.
The Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft houses the world's largest collection of historic trolleybuses, together with a number of other vehicles including period motor buses throughout the operating season . Host for vehicle rallies and other special events throughout the 2017 season see the website for details.