SHADES OF GREEN
By Nyree Ambarchian of Peterborough Environment City Trust
Letting off some steam at Railworld
On Monday, I was invited, along with some of my colleagues from PECT, to attend an open evening at Railworld. The event aimed to promote awareness of this fun and informative visitor attraction which lies in the heart of Peterborough.
Railworld has been built by volunteers over the last 18 years and features a range of family friendly activities and exhibits. There is the rail museum, a global rail exhibit, an indoor model railway, a garden railway, an interactive environmental education centre featuring a huge spinning globe, and a beautiful wildlife garden.
As part of the open evening, my colleague Robbie had a go on the energy bike in the education centre, which showed how much pedal power it takes to generate electricity. He managed to generate 400 watts (not bad considering it was the end of the day!)
The Railworld team is committed to the theme of sustainable transport and informing visitors of how much progress has been made on this front since the days of steam. You can find out how to make your travel more sustainable and how people around the world are doing their bit.
My favourite part of the site is the wildlife garden, which has been entirely created by volunteers. There is plenty to explore, rich biodiversity, and interesting water features.
Stephen Goldspink, East ward councillor, has been supporting the Railworld site for some time. He believes Railworld will develop from strength to strength.
He said: “Railworld is unique in the UK, and if they are successful in their aims and objectives, Peterborough will get (at no cost to the local taxpayer) an environmental exhibition and research centre that will be tourist attraction, education centre, research facility and exhibition.
“Their success will contribute to Peterborough’s success. Even now, they have a facility worth visiting – a hidden gem – so why not go and look?”
It costs just £3 per adult to visit Railworld with a senior citizen / concession price of £2. Under 16s go free. The site is closed on Mondays and Fridays (unless it’s a bank holiday or school holidays). Other days the site is open from 11am to 4pm.
Railworld can be reached by bike or foot by crossing the river near Asda in the Rivergate Centre in town. Once over the footbridge turn right and follow the footpath alongside the riverbank to Railworld, underneath the Railway Bridges. Full directions can be found at www.railworld.net/findus.php As well as visiting Railworld there are also opportunities to volunteer. You can find out more by visiting their website: http://www. railworld.net or calling John Turner on 01733 895587.
You can also follow them on Twitter (@Railworld) and like the Railworld group on Facebook.