POP-UP TRAINS Sunday 30 Jan 2022 – NOT YET CONFIRMED

We hope to run pop-up trains on Sunday 30JAN22. Times – sometime around 1130 to no later than 1400. Ticket office may close up to 30 mins earlier if demand is heavy. To avoid disappointment please be at the station by 1500 Masks required. Fares 1,50A and 1,00C.  We expect there will be one steamer with an electric loco also.

Would you like to come and help us operate, maintain and improve the railway in the park?  If so, consider joining the parent organisation, NDSME.  More details here

 

CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY – OMICRON VARIANT

There is a continuing danger from the Omicron variant.  According to the BMJ, the majority of symptoms of the Omicron variant are like a common cold, including headaches, sore or scratchy  throat, runny nose, fatigue and sneezing.  (Further details at  https://www.bmj.com/content/375/bmj.n3103 )   If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, or any associated with previous variants such as persistent cough, high temperature, loss of (or changes to) senses of  taste/smell, you should NOT visit the railway.  If you have been in close contact with anyone displaying these symptoms please do NOT visit the railway.

 

UPDATE – 19 JAN 22. 

PLEASE NOTE WE DO NOT CURRENTLY  POST ON THE FRIENDS OF EATON PARK FACEBOOK PAGE

 

WINTER ARRANGEMENTS – We are  running pop-up trains on Sundays  during Jan and Feb 2022   All dependent on the weather and if we have enough volunteers. From 23 Jan, last train time will be 1545 and this will change over the next few months as days lengthen.

 

Contactless payments available when buying tickets, cash or card – your choice!

We have opted to retain the CV19 safe plan agreed with Norwich City Council in 2020 and we will continue to use this post 19th July 2021

We are running pop-up services on most Sundays in 2022 until April.  From April to September we will run every Sunday.   We will only carry family groups who share a common dwelling and their bubbles.  Accomodation will be limited on these services so at busy times you may need to wait a little longer to board the train.  All passengers will be required to wear masks or face coverings (except for those covered by the  statutory exemptions), just like on, for example, Tf L.  This is to give some protection to the predominantly elderly volunteers who operate the railway.  We define a face covering as a separate and distinct item designed for this purpose and not, for example, a T-shirt pulled up.  This requirement has been incorporated into our Conditions of Carriage (aka Ts & Cs).  A limited supply inexpensive of face masks will be available for purchase at the ticket desk.  If you do not wish to comply with this, and you are not an exempted person, please do not buy a ticket. .

Only standard single fares will be available.  These are £1,00 for children <16 and £1,50 for adults.

Services  operate from around 1130  (they may start earlier) until  1545 , weather and daylight  permitting.   NB  Ticket sales may close up to 30 mins before this time.  To be sure of a ride on the railway please arrive  before 2:45pm.   We  will do our best to run as advertised but please note that during foul weather service may be suspended or, as a last resort, abandoned.  Please also remember that we are all unpaid volunteers running trains in our spare time We enjoy doing this as much as you enjoy riding!   We will endeavour to run Pop-up services at the times above, but they may vary.

We will include  accessible carriage. No7, in our Mainline trains on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays wherever possible.  This carriage can convey wheelchair users,  accompanied prams/pushchairs, accompanied dogs (at staff discretion) and also people who are unable to ride on our existing “sit astride” carriages.  Please note that the Heritage Track is unable to accommodate the previously mentioned passengers. Please also note that under COVID secure conditions, the accessible carriage will be in use wherever possible but cannot be guaranteed.

Child Fares for 2022 are unchanged (since 2006!) at £1 for the Mainline and 50p for the Heritage Track. Adult tickets are just 1,50. The former ticket-less system  changed in 2017 and  heritage or souvenir tickets are  issued.  Please obtain these from the booking office/desk and retain for inspection on the train or at the station entrance.  You may wish to keep these for scrapbooks or journals or for possible promotions later in the season.  A used ticket bin is provided at the exit if you wish to dispose of your ticket thoughtfully.   NB Please  note that, under covid safe conditions, individual tickets are neither issued nor clipped.  A receipt wiil instead be given for total fares paid. Please also note that 2-trip tickets, 12-trip tickets and afternoon rover tickets are not available at present.

We will be running special charity days  where possible and when conditions permit.  Our regular donations to local schools continue.

As with any railway, all tickets are issued subject to conditions.  A copy of the Conditions of Carriage may be found here

In addition, any relevant national or local Coronavirus Regulations in force at the time must be observed.

 

Photography at Eaton Park Min. Rly.

The Company, and its nominated associates or agents reserve the right to take photographs or video footage of the trains in operations with or without passengers, for the purposes of publicity, media articles related to the operation of the Railway or any other reason that the Society determines.  By travelling on our trains you consent to this. If you do not agree to this then please do not purchase a ticket.

 

Our Railways

The Mainline (below) is the dual gauge (definition: “gauge” is the distance between the rails)  ground level track that opened in 2006.  Most of the trains you will see will be of the larger 7.25″ gauge.  This line is around 800m long and you will see much evidence of improvements since it was first opened. 

Click here to view some of the locos you may see.

This is the Mainline

The Heritage Track (below) is the raised level 5″ gauge track, parts of which date back to the 1960s. This was the only track until the Mainline opened in 2006.  Originally opened as a circular line, it was extended to it’s present form in the late 1970s.

Pop-up train days

What’s a pop-up?  A pop-up is not a part of the formal advertised season but, as its name implies, pops up at short notice subject to us having enough volunteers to operate safely, and also subject to the weather!   Typically these may happen on Fridays in the Easter and summer school holidays from the pop-up station near the wild flower beds or on Sundays outside the formal season, for example at half-terms. (these latter will operate from Parkside station)

Keep an eye on the Facebook pages of Friends of Eaton Park or Eaton Park Miniature Railway where pop-up days will be announced if they occur

 

Parties and Group Visits

We welcome visits from organised groups or societies, and will do our best to accommodate you wherever possible.  Please make contact in good time by email to EPMRinfo@ndsme.org.  Please note that on the first Sunday of each month there is limited capacity only on the Heritage Track.  Larger groups might wish to consider a day when the Mainline is in operation (see above)

If you are holding a birthday party in the park on a Sunday afternoon when we are running public services and would like to include rides on our trains as part of your celebrations, please contact us well in advance by email. We will do our best to assist you wherever possible. Please note we may be able to offer chartering a train for a large party, but this must conform to our  own  social distancing policy (see above)  and Conditions of Carriage.  Please note that Party/Group visits may be possible but must conform to any CV19 Regulations, our own CV19 policies and our  Conditions of Carriage.

Santa Specials

We are currently reviewing what we will do next Christmas, following the popularity of the Tunnel of Light trains.

Join us! 

We are always seeking railway minded enthusiasts to help us run the popular railway in the park.  You don’t require any specific skills, just a willingness to learn and an eagerness to take part.  Jobs you could do include ticket inspection, platform attendant and, after training, guard.  Enquire at the booking office on any train running day for further info.  We are also seeking people who might like to assist our grounds maintenance team ie Richard the Gardener.  If you’d like to get outdoors and do some good in the park, come and talk to us…