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Home Page October/November 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 again Easter Sunday 2019 plus some operating days between now and then subject to weather and the ongoing winter track and rolling stock maintenance.  See their website and Facebook page  for further details The website has the Facebook link. (Photos 2018)

Click here to go to August  Home Page  Click here to go to September Home Page

Platform 2 Lincoln Station 4th November 2018

As part of a visit to the annual bus rally put on by the Lincolnshire Vintage Vehicle Society  a bus service took visitors to the railway station so it gave an opportunity to visit the station and of course Platform 2.

A view of Platform 3 and of the front of Lincoln station that has altered considerably since my last visit a few years ago.  Buses for the vintage bus service departing from opposite the station as passengers leave the railway station.

Sheffield Tram/Train starts service 25th October 2018

On the 25th October the first day of passenger service on the trail of a tram/train 2 year project took place in Sheffield with the 9.35am service fro Cathedral - Rotherham Central - Parkgate after the first civic tram seen approaching above had left at 9 am. For more photographs go to page 7

Foxfield Railway  Classic Vehicle Display and steam operating day 

On the 7th October the railways car park was used for a display of classic cars, Scooters commercial vehicles, a  coach. Etc. Fortunately the weather was ideal for the event and there was a very good turn out.

The railway was operating a steam train service during the day. The Railway is entirely volunteer run and they are always looking for new recruits to help in operating, maintaining and developing the railway to ensure its survival for future generations to experience the thrill of steam working hard to earn its living.

Built in 1893 to link the Foxfield Colliery in the village of Dilhorne to the North Staffordshire Railway at Blythe Bridge, 3 ½ miles away the railway takes a round-about route from the colliery due to the requirements to keep the railway as far away as possible from Dilhorne Hall.

For  information about other events and operating days please go to

Foxfield Miniature Railway

This miniature railaway was established by a group of enthusiastic young volunteers who wanted to build a miniature railway. The line has been built around the Foxfield's overflow car park and now offers visitors the chance to travel on a 1/4 mile trip behind some miniature marvels.

Trains are hauled by steam, petrol or battery locomotives over the steeply graded route. For a small supplement you can travel on the railway whilst in the knowledge you are supporting a worthwhile cause for Foxfield's young engineers. The Miniature Railway is open on Selected Sundays

For  information about other events and operating days for the miniature railway please go to

What is happening at Sandtoft for the remainder of 2018

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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Monday, 17 August 2020