Watford Miniature Railway

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Watford Miniature Railway
Watford Miniature Railway.jpg
Locale Cassiobury Park, Watford, England
Dates of operation 1959–
Track gauge 10 14 in (260 mm)
Length 600 yards (550 m)
Website http://www.watfordrailway.co.uk/

The Watford Miniature Railway is a 10 14 in (260 mm) gauge railway running in Cassiobury Park, Watford, Hertfordshire.

History[edit]

The railway was first opened at Easter 1959 by Charles Reed[1][2][3] 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.[4]

The Railway[edit]

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.[3]

Locomotives[edit]

Current Locomotives[edit]

Number Name Locomotive type Wheel

arrangement

Builder Built Photo Notes
Conway Castle Diesel Hydraulic 4w-4w Fenlow Engineering 1972 Conway Castle Diesel Locomotive.jpg
Nikki Louise Diesel Hydraulic 0-6-0 R Prime 1988 Nikki Louise Diesel Locomotive.jpg 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.[5]

Former Locomotives[edit]

Number Name Locomotive type Wheel

arrangement

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[6]
Meteor II Diesel Mechanical 2-4-2 Shepperton Metal Products 1983 - 2003 [6]
4442 Steam 4-4-2 A. Glaze 1983[7] -
Meteor VI Diesel Mechanical 2-4-2 Shepperton Metal Products 1970 1985 - 1996[6]
Derek Diesel Mechanical 4w Shepperton Metal Products 1985 - 1991[6]
4179 Chiltern Shuttle Steam 0-6-0 R. Morse c.1985 -
Trevithick Steam 0-6-2T R. Marsh c.1991 - 1997
Invicta Petrol 4w Maxitrak
Nelly Steam 2-4-0ST Richards Engineering 1977 2005 - 2014[8]
Thomas Poole Petrol Hydrostatic 0-6-0 Roanoke 2006 2011 - 2018

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Watford Miniature Railway - Miniature Railway World". www.miniaturerailwayworld.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-01-04. 
  2. ^ Roy), Knight, N. R. (Neville (1999). British miniature railways : a photographic survey. Chester: Rail Romances. ISBN 9781900622028. OCLC 42273592. 
  3. ^ a b "About | Watford Miniature Railway". watfordrailway.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-01-04. 
  4. ^ "Future of miniature railway secured after being taken over by new owners". Watford Observer. Retrieved 2018-01-04. 
  5. ^ "Steam Trains return to Cassiobury Park in 2018 | Watford Miniature Railway". watfordrailway.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-02-02. 
  6. ^ a b c d "The Meteors" (PDF). 
  7. ^ "Miniature Railways News". Narrow Gauge News. 146. February 1985. 
  8. ^ "News". Miniature Railway Magazine. 24. Spring 2014. 

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