Stapleford Miniature Railway Open Weekend – August 2017

I’ve been meaning to post a few photographs from this event for some time as a follow-up to the 1974 cine film I wrote about earlier this year. The railway is currently open to the public on a couple of occasions each year in June and August, with profits going to the Leicestershire and Rutland Hospice (LOROS). It’s maintained in fantastic condition by a dedicated army of volunteers known as the Friends of Stapleford Miniature Railway. For once, the August Bank Holiday weather was beautiful.

Stapleford Hall

Stapleford Hall – Car parking for the open weekend was in a field in front of the hotel – which was somewhat challenging terrain for my Caterham!

Queue for the trains

The queue after I’d been on the train – it paid to get there early.

Sir Nigel Gresley

A4 Pacific Sir Nigel Gresley and Southern Railway 4-6-0 Lord Nelson, both visiting from the Eastleigh Lakeside Railway.

White Heron

Diesel Locomotive White Heron. This can also be seen in action on my 1974 cine film of the railway.

As well as the miniature railway there were exhibits of classic cars, stationary engines, fairground organs and miniature steam engines. All told it was an enjoyable morning spent re-living a part of my childhood.

Stapleford Miniature Railway in August 2017 from Tim Holyoake on Vimeo.

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