Miniature railway team is seeking new volunteers

The group which operates Eaton Park’s Miniature Railway is looking for new volunteers to help keep services on track for the future. After a busy Christmas period for the Norwich and District Society of Model Engineers, the focus has now turned to the future.

Spokesman Mark Rhodes said: “We are always looking to the long-term future of the railway in the park. We need new people to help operate and maintain the railway and take it into the future. 

“We are a “not for profit” society and any revenue raised is either donated to local charities, such as the East Anglian Air Ambulance, or is ploughed back into the railway. 

“We have no paid staff and no shareholders. We’re seeking members of all ages. The society is a broad church and encompasses many ages and many interests.

“If this could be you, or someone you know, get in touch with us via the website ndsme.org or speak to us when we are operating trains. Running trains really is great fun!”

Reflecting on the festive season, Mark added: “Pop-up trains ran at Eaton Park on Sundays during December and also on the bank holidays. These replaced traditional Santa Specials, but our trains  had Christmassy themes with the tunnel lit up. These were very popular with park visitors and we have had a very busy month.  The Tunnel of Lights has been a big pull factor.”

Mark added: “January is possibly the bleakest month in the park and we will consider what trains we may be able to run in the lead up to Spring half-term, another potentially busy period.


BUSY TIME: The miniature railway kept visitors entertained over the Christmas period. PHOTO: NDSME

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