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Home Page April 2019

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 are now operating on Sundays in 2019 plus special events subject to weather. On going See their now updated website and Facebook page for further details The website has the Facebook link. Details may change without prior notification

Above: First day of train services on Easter Sunday 21 April 2019 with the train travelling around the very scenic park that is also the venue for the 2019 Summer Festival Event 27th/28th July. .

A journey from Platform 2 on the Tyne and Wear Metro in April  2019

As part of a holiday in the NE of England good use was made of the Tyne and Wear Metro. The Tyne and Wear Metro opened 11th August 1980  referred to locally as simply the Metro, is a rapid transit and light rail system in North East England, serving Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead, South Tyneside, North Tyneside and Sunderland in Tyne and Wear. It has been described as the first modern light rail system in the United Kingdom

A visit to Beamish Open Air Museum

Beamish, the North of England Open Air Museum is an open-air museum located at Beamish, near the town of Stanley, County Durham, England. The museum's guiding principle is to preserve an example of everyday life in urban and rural North East England at the climax of industrialisation in the early 20th century

All aboard! at Rowley Station . The station was originally in Rowley, near Consett, County Durham, in 1867 and was reopened at Beamish in 1976 by poet Sir John Betjeman. My turn to board the next but last train of the day.

Trams, buses a fish and chip shop using beef Dripping, a café traditional shops and new developments taking place for a 1950/60's village are just some of the visitor attractions for visitors. Much more on their website can be seen with dates of special events etc.

Easter 2019 at The Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft

A bit of a Bournemouth flavour  (well almost) in the wonderful Easter Holiday weather  that the UK experienced. The café was kept busy supplying cool drinks and chips.  Work on the trolleybuses and motorbuses continues on Wednesdays which passing visitors are invited to call in and meet the members who are carrying out this work. HSE rules will apply to access to some of the areas not normally ac

A replica pioneer 1911 Cedes Stoll trolleybus will make its debut at the museum Saturday June 29th and again Sunday 30th 2019. This is where it all began for the UK trolleybuses. The museum will the be able to illustrate the full history of the Trolleybus in Britain from 1911 through to 1985 with experimental Electroline trolleybus that is presently undergoing electrical restoration work Go to  the events website page for further details of this event.

Easter 2019 Riding the trams, trolleybuses at the East Anglia Transport Museum

Happy Harold makes a debut at the museum

Built in 1928 for the opening of the trolleybus system in Hastings, on 18 May 1959, is seen (on the left) two weeks before the closure of the network. This vehicle has arrived at the East Anglia Transport Museum in 2019  There are only four known survivors of the system and the oldest and rarest of these belongs to Hastings Borough Council and is being maintained and operated by the Hastings Trolleybus Restoration Group. 1928 Guy BTX with body by Christopher Dodson. Purpose built open-top double deck trolleybuses were unique to Hastings and this is the survivor of only 8 that were ever built. The electric motor was replaced by a Commer TS3 diesel  engine in 1959/60 and the bus has been running on that ever since.
The museum has a wide selection of buses, steam rollers, cars , vintage shop displays and much more please visit their website

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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