The Railway will be re opening at Easter when our running hours will be, as always, 11 am to 4 pm over the Bank Holiday weekend - all four days (i.e. including Good Friday) - subject to the weather being kind of course. We are hoping to have two or three locos in steam for this holiday but that is subject to loco and crew availability.
From then on we will be running on the 2nd and 4th weekend (Saturday & Sunday - 11a.m. to 4 p.m.) of every month. Please note that we count the weekends as being the "complete" weekends (e.g. if only the Sunday is at the start of the month that doesn't count!)
In addition to his Romulus loco - Phil has bought a Tinkerbell called "Petunia" from a railway in North Wales - video on this page and also on the Photos page where you can also see photos of the floods which have now disappeared
The Google map below shows the location of the Garden Centre where the railway is located
Further updates will be posted on this site as soon as the information becomes available so please check back soon. If you have any comments or queries please use the Contact Form on the bottom of this page.
This 7.25 inch gauge Miniature Railway is situated at the rear of Plowman's Garden Centre at 392 Christchurch Road, West Parley, Ferndown, near Bournemouth, Dorset BH22 8SW - approximately one mile from Bournemouth Airport. (The nearest villages are Ferndown, Ringwood and Verwood)
The outside railway is run by the West Parley and District Miniature Engineering Society and normally runs on the 2nd and 4th weekend of every month from March till October from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. - weather permitting. To visit this railway you have to walk through the Garden Centre's sales area and out the back
Apart from two Roanoke locomotives which are owned by the Garden Centre which were purchased for use on the Christmas Railway (which is a separate operation) and which are occasionally used on the outside railway - locomotives are owned by members of the West Parley & District Miniature Engineering Society and it is expected that the main engines will be an as yet un named green tank engine which was built by its owner to an adapted Romulus design, or possibly a Tinkerbell ("Petunia") from North Wales. Apart from these two locos there is a diesel outline petrol driven locomotive also owned by the same person and there is a Bagnall locomotive and two scale locomotives owned by other members which will be seen from time to time. These can be seen in action on the the Videos page. The fleet of carriages came originally from the Dobwalls Forest Railroad in Cornwall being purchased by the owner of the Romulus when the Dobwalls line closed.