Minia­ture rail­way back on track


A POP­U­LAR minia­ture rail­way is back in busi­ness and open in time for Christ­mas.

Hun­dreds of fam­i­lies were dis­ap­pointed when Brook­side Minia­ture Rail­way closed in Septem­ber.

The pre­vi­ous operators were given no­tice to quit and shared pho­tos as the trains were shipped out of Brook­side Gar­den Cen­tre in Poyn­ton.

But now the line has re­opened, with Santa there for the of­fi­cial launch at the week­end.

A group of rail­way fans have formed a pri­vate com­pany to run it, along­side the gar­den cen­tre, and with the help of volunteers, re­store it ‘back to the beau­ti­ful and charis­matic line’.

One of the group, Chris MacKenzie, said: “Although we didn’t have enough time this year to plan spe­cial trains to Santa’s grotto, we’re giv­ing rides as nor­mal - ev­ery Wed­nes­day to Sun­day un­til Christ­mas.

“In the New Year we’ll be run­ning just at week­ends whilst we do fur­ther re­fur­bish­ment.”

The £2 price has been kept the same and the line will op­er­ate from 11am un­til 3pm, weather per­mit­ting.

There’s a grand re­open­ing event planned for next spring.

The rail­way has been at the Lon­don Road North cen­tre, owned by Klondyke and Strikes, since its first jour­ney in 1980.

Trains were taken off the site ear­lier this year

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