March 2014

After a couple of month’s break we re-opened this month and were pleasantly surprised to find that we almost had full trains from the first train we ran. We have become a definite Brogdale fixture for tourist and local families alike.  Opening and running times can be found on our website

There are no increases in fares this year.  So the cost of a single on weekends and Bank Holidays is a straight £1-50 (babies go free), but at festivals we only charge a flat rate of £1-00 per passenger (again babies go free)

Those who have a copy of the Spring 2014 issue of the ‘Miniature Railway Magazine’ will have seen the illustrated article about our Railway.  It covers our history, the Railway today, and describes a trip around our track.  The National Fruit Tree Collection, the shops in the Courtyard and café also get a mention.  The magazine’s website is www.miniature-railway.com.

Our new open articulated carriage is almost ready for running.  It’s designed to move a bit like a ‘bendy bus’, having an articulated joint between two carriages.  The seating arrangements have been laid out so that it’s adult/child, adult/child etc which should help to fit families on more easier.  The colour scheme is green and the hand –crafted cushioned seats are in black.  There is also a nifty screw brake on board for the guard, click here to take a look at the work so far.

Construction is also nearing completion on our new two-seater guard’s wagon which is likely to be tacked onto the back of our two covered coaches when in use.

Thanks to the efforts of new volunteers our winter clear-up of the sheds and yard has now been completed . ‘Mogul’ the Brogdale/station cat has also been spruced up for the season.

Now that it’s stopped raining and the days are getting longer our track maintenance programme has restarted.  This involves replacing the occasional sleeper, adjusting ballast and re-cutting some expansion joints ahead of the summer.  Later on this year there is to be a buildings maintenance programme with the station having a major make-over.

We are already taking party bookings for 2014.  Demand seems high so if anyone wants to have a railway based wedding reception or kids’ railway themed party contact Mick 01795 474211 or use our contact form.  As ever our rates are very reasonable as we are a non-profit making society

For those of you who visit this site regularly, you may have noticed a rather large change to our website, as our new website went live as of Monday the 24th of March. This site is now fully managed by the society and we plan to add booking features for parties, weddings and off course our Santa Specials in the near future.

New volunteer staff are always welcome to join our Railway Society.   If you visit us at Brogdale on most Tuesdays or Wednesdays or Sundays (11am-4pm) we’ll show you round and hopefully talk you into joining us!