WINTER AND EARLY SPRING PUBLIC SERVICES
We’re running pop-up trains on most Sunday afternoons, from around 1100 until approx one hour before dark. These depend on the availability of volunteers, suitable engines and the weather and may be subject to cancellation or change at short notice. Check this page regularly for the latest info.
HALF TERM POP-UPS
We hope to run trains on…
Sunday 12 Feb 1100 to 1545 approx.
Trains will continue most Sundays in Feb and Mar 2023, 1100 -1600* approx
* will change as daylight increases
To be sure of a ride visit before 1545
Fares A 1,50, C 1,00.
Day tickets (not transferable) £5A and £4C
Trains will operate on a pop-up basis, from approx 1100 to approx one hour before dark or 1600, whichever comes first, on most Sunday afternoons until Easter 2023 when formal services will resume.
Easter 2023 onwards
We will be running public trains every Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday, from1100-1630, from the first Sunday in April until the last Sunday in September. Please scroll down for further info. Regular postings will also be made on the Eaton Park Miniature Railway facebook page.
There may be pop-ups at other times so look out for these
Would you like to come and help us operate, maintain and improve the railway in the park? If so, consider joining the owning organisation, NDSME. More details here
Contactless payments available when buying tickets, cash or card – your choice!
From October to April we will run pop-up trains most Sundays. If you are infected with Covid, please do not ride the railway.
Standard single fares are £1,00 C <16 and £1,50 A. Day pass £4.00 C <16 and £5.00 A. Please note that day passes are not transferable.
Services operate from 1100 until approx 1545 or one hour before dark, whichever is sooner, weather permitting. Last train time will change as daylight increases 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, guide dogs, other accompanied dogs (at staff discretion) and also people who are unable to ride on our existing “sit astride” carriages. It is not suitable for “mobility scooters”. Please note that the Heritage Track is unable to accommodate the previously mentioned passengers.
Child fares for 2023 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, at present, individual tickets are neither issued nor clipped. A receipt wiil instead be given for total fares paid. Please also note that 2-trip tickets and 12-trip tickets are not available at present.
We will be running special charity days, on some Saturdays or Sundays in 2023. 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
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.
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. This line is currently closed for refurbishment.
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 during October to Easter, and these latter will operate from Parkside station. Steam may or may not feature.
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. Visits from other societies are best organised for a Saturday,
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,
Following the popularity of the Tunnel of Lights trains in 2021/22, we will repeat these in December 2023
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/dispatcher and, after training, guard. There are minimum age requirements for drivers and guards. 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...