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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.  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.  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.

Left  Train on the inner track as it makes two trips around the layout.       Centre . Cllr Carol Williams presenting cheque for fund raising on the railway,     Right delivery of ballast for the tracks Tues 24th February 2009

Going Back in time  to 2011

The Trains are back again on the Railway Line between Thorne and Stainforth

Train services on the railway line between Doncaster - Hull (via Google) and Doncaster to Scunthorpe/Cleethorpes were suspended due to a serious trackbed damage caused by a landslip at the nearby Hatfield Colliery. Replacement bus services operated between Doncaster and Goole/Scunthorpe in both directions. The line was initially not expected to reopen until at least September 2013, but following major repairs the line reopened (initially with only 2 of the 4 tracks in use) on 8 July 2013. Train Operating Companies Northern Rail & TransPennine Express will run a limited service to/from Hull & Cleethorpes (supplemented by buses) until a full timetable resumes on 29 July. Above left  the sign at the Hatfield/Stainforth Station. Right the disaster in February as the landslip worsened. Below the first train from Hull to Doncaster Arriving at Hatfield/Stainforth Station at 6.33 am. Middle below two of the first passengers waiting for the train. Right below the train pulls in to the station in the early morning sunshine.   

A reminder of the work that took place during preceding month's

The work to put right the damage to get the damage caused by the landslip will have cost many millions of pounds and transformed the local landscape. The need to remove part of the tip became a massive operation to re-locate the spoil, some being put onto once arable farmland on the opposite side of Kirton Lane on the out skirts of Stainforth. The opportunity to relay and upgrade tracks along the line either side of the landslip. 

On the South side of the railway bridge the trackbed, tracks and point work were completed replaced.  Left looking towards the goods branch to Barnby Dun which was completely renewed.

Meanwhile at the site of the landslip work continues to stabilise the land and track bed. During June using limestone.   

First train into Thorne North from Doncaster on the 8th July 2013

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 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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