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Home Page September/October 2018

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.  The railway operated by 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  go to their website .

Trains will be operating on the 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th October 11am to 3pm subject to weather conditions. See their website and Facebook page  for further details The website has the Facebook link. Train rides are 60p per person unless it is a special event on the day

Click here to go to August  Home Page  or to visit my website about the Sandtoft Miniature Railway .

Stockholes Farm Miniature Railway  supports Macmillan Coffee Morning

In addition to refreshments there was a bric-a-brac stall there was train rides for the visitors to help raise funds for the Macmillan UK Coffee Morning. Steam and electric trains provided rides for all ages at this event. The weather was pleasantly sunny enabling the visors to enjoy the railway and its surroundings.

Sandtoft 2018 Steam Fayre  22nd and 23rd September 2018

The Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft held its second steam event in 2018. Many exhibits as you will see below alongside the museum's trolleybuses.  Jordan Andrew along with James Hodgson and their friends pulled together a unique and well attended event for the museum something that they are looking into for a third event in 2019.

On both days a line up was arranged at 1.30 pm filling the museums main square with a lot of noise and smoke, normally the museum is a quiet and pollution free place to be, but for this occasion contrasts between the quiet electric  trolleybuses and the smoke and noise of the wonderful traction engines, lorries. Below is a selection of photographs taken at the event. Above photograph by James Hodgson

Many forms of steam traction made an appearance but a welcome return for the museum was the miniature railway for the second year. Jack Salter kindly brought his portable track and rolling stock. All proceeds for the train rides were donated to the Macmillan Cancer Support.

What is happening at Sandtoft for the remainder of 2018

Tram/Train under test in as seen in Rotherham 7th September  2018

After some delays driver training is now well underway for the project in readiness for the passenger service to begin. The tram is seen at Rotherham Central The difference in platform levels can be seen at this station, whilst last minute constructional work takes place at the Parkgate terminus.

Journey to Edinburgh from Doncaster by LNER

A visit to Edinburgh was arranged to visit my wife's sister and daughter in Edinburgh as they stopped over in the city for three days as they flew from the USA to Sweden and Norway. Driving up the A1/(M) had been considered but with all the road works that were encountered on an early journey in June to Durham the solution was to take the train.   

The train having arrived at Edinburgh Waverly time to make a way out of the very busy station and to the famous Princess Street and our hotel. Trams have made return to this street after the first  system of 1871 closed in 1956. Passenger carrying trams returned to the streets of Edinburgh on the 31st May 2014 after the construction had begun in June 2008.  One of the features is a section where tram tracks are in laid with grass. 

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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