The Miniature Railway
This is a 7¼ inch narrow gauge railway which gives passengers a ride over some 700 metres of line. The railway runs alongside part of the standard gauge line of the Colne Valley Railway.
Unlike many miniature railways which are constructed on relatively level ground, the railway is developed on a partially sloping site, with uphill gradients of up to 1 in 50 which for a miniature passenger carrying railway is fairly steep.
At the further end of the line from the boarding station, is a halt and turntable. Passengers are welcome to alight here and watch the locomotive being turned before returning to our departure station. Each journey takes approximately 8-10 minutes depending on the locomotive in use. During busy periods up to 3 trains can operate. Most trains operate with a maximum seating capacity of 12-16 passengers, due to the hilly nature of our site.
The trains will not operate after dusk.
There have been no major changes to the railway for 2016 season, but we will have an extension and new station for the latter part of the 2017 season. Work to develop the new area has started with the removal of many hundreds of tons of soils and undergrowth to enable the railway to reach our new field.
The railway is open 11.30 until 16.00 most days when the main railway site is open (see main timetable) and weather permitting, but opening is also subject to volunteer staffing constraints. We may operate outside these times, but these are the core operational hours. trains will operate approx every 10- 15 minutes (subject to demand) .
We may be able to operate specials, when the main railway is not fully open, please contact us with your requirements.
During periods of heavy leaf fall or in damp conditions the locomotives may be unable to haul the coaches due to slippery rails and services may have to be suspended. Safety is our prime concern on our sloping site, both for our passengers and for our volunteer staff.
Steam locomotives will only be operational when their owners are available to operate them, On these days a Battery / Petrol Hydraulic loco may be operational for parts of the day, whilst drivers / locos take a rest.
The open carriages can seat both children and many adults, although our seats are only 19 inches (55 cm) wide, a coach to cater for those of limited mobility is also available. Please note that we cannot accommodate wheelchairs. Our sit in coaches cannot unfortunately seat large (broad) passengers, however the sit astride coaches do not have this restriction.
Items of interest may be installed along the line during the summer period, particularly for the benefit of our younger visitors. The miniature railway has been installed with the help of and is operated and maintained by a small group of our volunteers.
No charge is made on main railway public operating days, although a donations box is provided to cover our running costs. The Miniature Railway has been privately funded by one of our members for your enjoyment and receives no income from its bigger neighbour. The railway is operated by a small team of volunteers. If you wish to know more about the miniature railway, please ask one of our staff.
Please note: All passengers must remain seated and must not lean out or allow arms or legs to protrude out of the trains whilst they are moving.
Operational Locomotives 2017
Our main operational locomotives are, "Hedingham House","No2", "Saffron" and "Badger".
Our Tram engine "Toby" will be operational on occasions.
A new Petrol Hydraulic loco should be operational, It is expected it will be named CLIVE
Our steam locomotives are usually only operational on special days but are subject to the owner drivers availability.
Other locomotives may visit us on occasions, see our Home page for specific dates.
For the Miniature Railway History and developments - Click here
For further more detailed information visit our Miniature Railway website updated for 2016 with new Photos, Video clips, etc www.cvmrailway.com
"No 2" - Petrol Hydraulic owner eb(temporarily withdrawn from service for mechanical overhaul)
No7 "Badger" - Petrol Hydraulic owner eb
Class 31 Style "Hedingham House" - 24Volt Battery owner eb
Saffron can become "Toby"!
Dock Shunter "Saffron" - 24 Volt Battery. Tram Engine "Toby" - 24Volt Battery.
Saffron and Toby now have a powered driving tender giving them more than double the original pulling power, they will be operational now on a more regular basis, (but will not be seen together! ) owner eb
Our newest Loco Class 86 "Brook" 24 volt Battery
Steam locomotives will only be operational when their owners are available to operate them.
"Sweet William " style Locomotive (owner rab/dc/eb)
Romulus (our 1st resident regular steam locomotive) owner jf
Page updated 03/01/16 EB)