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Going back in time to the days of the original Thorne Memorial Park Miniature Railway .
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1st of February 2009 the Sunday train service that used to be operated, here we see David Stubbins keeping the steam up.  A nice Valentines Day present for the society back in 2009 with myself receiving a cheque on behalf of the society from the Mayor of Thorne and Moorends, this went towards the new ballast for the track that was delivered on the 24th February.  No passenger trains are advertised as operating at the moment in 2016.  The Doncaster & District Model Engineering Society are to operate the first trains of 2016 on Easter Sunday and Monday according to their Facebook page.   

Seems only a short while ago that I said "February draws ever closer" well here it is too quickly for me, such a lot to do even though I am no longer a member of the society helping to operate what is now called the ThornePark Railway for a couple of years involved with the loaning of the steam locomotive "Remus" that you see above and their publicity. I have been checking on the number of visitors to "Bobs Railway Days on Platform 2" and with the number logging on to the original Domain name we should see a busy year ahead of keeping it updated and continuing to provide a link to the societies new website and Face Book page. Looking forward to providing a continuing input of transport related photographs, articles and other places to visit this year. 
Photographic Review of 2015 has now been transported to a new page click here to go to that page

See the latest developments on the Tram /Train in Sheffield click here

A Visit to the Kirklees Light Railway 7th February 2016

It has been a few years since Pat and myself have visited this railway and with the threat of the storm "Imogen" approaching Britain we decided that a journey from Doncaster to Kirklees would be the maximum distance we would travel as part of our Sunday drive out exploring industrial heritage. Photographs below by Pat Ashton.

In addition to the 15 inch steam and diesel operated railway which is three and a half miles long there is a circular miniature railway that can take various gauges up to 71/4inch locomotives and rolling stock. Upon arrival the miniature railway was something that was to be sampled, for me it was in July 2012 that I drove and rode on the miniature railway at Thorne Memorial park.   

The 13.40  about to about to depart from Clayton West with Owl Avonside Engine Company/Heisler locomotive 0-4-0+0-4-0TG. The journey passes through the local countryside including views of the famous Emely Moor TV transmitting aerial that replaced one that collapsed on the 19th March 1969, a combination of strong winds and the weight of ice that had formed around the top of the mast and on the guy wires brought the structure down. It is presently the tallest freestanding structure in the United Kingdom. The train passes through the 511 yards (467 m) long Shelley Woodhouse Tunnel the longest tunnel on any 15 in (381 mm) gauge line in Britain.

Owl arrives at Shelley Station a journey of approx 20 minutes The locomotive` is then turned around ready for the journey back to Clayton West. There are many new facilities at Shelly which means that you can easily spend an hour looking around before the next train. Café tea room expanded seating area, play equipment for the younger visitors and excellent toilet facilities.

The East Anglia Transport Museum is an open-air transport museum, with numerous historic public transport vehicles. It is located in Carlton Colville a suburb of Lowestoft, Suffolk

Special thank you to Pat for taking most pf the photographs including the above views of 2-4-2 built in 1954 Katie seen on its first test run with passengers in 2016 arriving at Shellie. The locomotive is then turned around and given some more water and some oil before the return journey back to Clayton West. For more information, timetables etc please visit their website

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
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
North Norfolk Railway
Leeds Industrial Museum
Manchester Museum of Science and Industry

Seaton Tramway
Kirklees Light Railway

Other Places to Visit

Seaton Tramway Seaton Tramway operates narrow gauge heritage trams between Seaton, Colyford and Colyton in East Devon's glorious Axe Valley, travelling alongside the River Axe estuary through two nature reserves and giving an unrivalled view of the abundant wading bird life.

Manchester Museum of Science and Industry NS 1500 Class no. 1505 at  The British Rail Class 77, also known as Class EM2, is a class of 1.5 kV DC, Co-Co electric locomotive. They were built by Metropolitan-Vickers in 1953-1954 for use over the Woodhead Line between Manchester and Sheffield.

The Black Country Living Museum covers 26 acres of former industrial land, Black Country Living Museum is uniquely placed to tell the story of the creation of the world's first industrial landscape.

4472 Flying Scotsman on a down express near Hatfield (Hertfordshire) in 1925. Late W J Ashton collection

Black Country Living Museum at Dudley after recent track re-laying the tramway is once again operational subject to staffing please see their website for further details.

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.

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