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Miniature Railway History

Miniature Railway History and Developments

The Initial parts of the miniature railway were purchased in 2007 and ran between the footbridge of the main railway across Newmans siding as far as the small loading platform at Drawell. With the arrival of further rolling stock storage had become a problem, so a decision was taken in the Summer of 2008 to extend the miniature railway. It now follows down the side of Newmans siding. Other changes have taken place to further enhance the facility since then.

History.

A Storage area with old sidings  October 2008   and   The Entrance.

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Winter 2008 The staion loop has been completed and the track fully ballasted. The station is taking shape with the paving slabs being laid to form the platform. A crossing over Newmans siding has also been created to allow public access to the railway. The trackbed has been laid along the side Newmans siding and is awaiting track.

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3 views of the station area and the operating stock. 2010/11

Further work was undertaken over winter 2009/10 which has resulted in the further re-development of the station area including an extra platform, carriage siding and station canopy. The section of line leaving the station has been worked on to give a constant grade of 1 in 50. We did have a short section of 1 in 40! this was causing difficulty for some locomotives with full trains. We also repositioned the adjacent main railway siding track to give better access to the Post Office coaches and consequently created more space for the miniature railway, and improved access.

 During the winter of 2011 a new driving tender was constructed to be used with Saffron The tender has a vacuum pump fitted to operate the coach brakes.  Two of our "sit-astride" coaches were rebuilt as seated coaches, to acomodate 4 passengers each. We have installed a further storage facility and this will allow all of the coaching stock to remain under cover when not in use. The loading ramp facility has been redesigned and relocated  behind the new storage container. and connects to the new storage  by means of a traverser.

                              The 2017 Miniature Railway proposed layout    

Track

Plans for the later part of 2017 are to relocate the station area onto the field to the south east of the present station area, due to a major workshop building for the mainline trains being constructed on part of the miniature railways station area.

Our new miniature railway station should have 2 platforms with a turning triangle, adjacent to the main road. The Storage facility will be behind the area where the tunnel was in 2016, and the existing Hill track will be lowered .There should be a new loop arround the new entrance field but this may not be completed until the 2018 season.

When this is done the running line should have increased by some 300metres 

 

Maintenance

 The track and vehicles are maintained  to similar standards for our mainline, and are regularly inspected,  Being of relativly small gauge, the carraiges and locos, do rely on passengers being carried in relativly cramped conditions (for adults). It is important that to maintain stability:-

  •  passengers do not lean out of the carriages and

  •  remain seated whilst travelling at all times. 

  • The railway cannot be held responsible, if this rule is disobeyed 

 Signalling.

 After a few teething problems we now have a fully functioning mainly automatic signalling system installed for multiple train operation in 2015/16, this is being revised for the 2017 alterations. 

Visit us at the Colne Valley Railway, for our opening times, see the main railway timetable. 

Visiting engines are welcome, (usual conditions apply) please call 01787 461174 and ask for Evan. or Email  evancvr@gmail.com     For all other issues or general inquiries please contact our office  01787461174     info@colnevalleyrailway.co.uk            

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updated 3/1/16 EB