Watford Miniature Railway
|Locale||Cassiobury Park, Watford, England|
|Dates of operation||1959–|
|Track gauge||10 1⁄4 in (260 mm)|
|Length||600 yards (550 m)|
The railway was first opened at Easter 1959 by Charles Reed as a circuit adjacent to the River Gade. Initially there were two locomotives; an LMS Compound steam locomotive named 'Maid Marion' and a petrol powered 08 Shunter locomotive. In 1968 the steam locomotive left and the railway was sold to George Webb.
In 1979 the railway was sold to Jeff Price, who set about expanding and improving the railway. In the 1980s the station was rebuilt on a new site, accessed by a gated level crossing across one of the paths in the park. More coaches were added and a number of steam locomotives used.
On Mr Price's retirement in 2017, the railway was sold to new operators Southern Miniature Railways.
The railway's main station is adjacent to the paddling pools and main children's playground. From here it turns 120 degrees, crosses a level crossing, and then rounds on itself in an ingenious manner in a wooded area adjacent to the River Gade.
Trains run regularly at weekends and school holidays throughout the year.
|Conway Castle||Diesel Hydraulic||4w-4w||Fenlow Engineering||1972|
|Nikki Louise||Diesel Hydraulic||0-6-0||R Prime||1988||Built for the Suffolk Wildlife Park, arrived at Watford in the early 1990s and extensively rebuilt for use there.|
|Bree||Diesel Hydraulic||2-4-2||B. Whalley||Undergoing rebuild for use at Watford|
|Marri||Steam||2-6-0||Willis Engineering||1993||Returned to service in April 2018 for the first time since 2003.|
|Builder||Built||Photo||Dates at Watford|
|1070||Maid Marion||Steam||4-4-0||Unknown||1920s||1959 - 1968|
|Petrol Mechanical||0-6-0||C. Reed||1958||1959 - ?|
|Meteor V||Petrol Mechanical||2-4-2||Shepperton Metal Products||1981 - 1996|
|Meteor II||Diesel Mechanical||2-4-2||Shepperton Metal Products||1983 - 2003 |
|4442||Steam||4-4-2||A. Glaze||1983 -|
|Meteor VI||Diesel Mechanical||2-4-2||Shepperton Metal Products||1970||1985 - 1996|
|Derek||Diesel Mechanical||4w||Shepperton Metal Products||1985 - 1991|
|4179||Chiltern Shuttle||Steam||0-6-0||R. Morse||c.1985 -|
|Trevithick||Steam||0-6-2T||R. Marsh||c.1991 - 1997|
|Nelly||Steam||2-4-0ST||Richards Engineering||1977||2005 - 2014|
|Thomas Poole||Petrol Hydrostatic||0-6-0||Roanoke||2006||2011 - 2018|
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