Regular services for 2018 start on April 1st.
Public services will recommence from Easter Sunday 2018, when the Lord Mayor will attend to inaugurate our new ticket system, and will operate every Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday until the end of September. All trains will operate on the Mainline ground level track from Parkside station with the exception of the first Sunday of the month in May-September which will be on the raised Heritage Track from Larch End station (nearest the rose garden).
Services will operate between 1300 and 1700, weather permitting. 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!
Fares for 2018 are unchanged (since 2006!) at £1 for the Mainline and 50p for the Heritage Track. The former ticket-less system changed in 2017 and new heritage or souvenir tickets are being issued. Please obtain these from the booking office 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.
There will be a number of special charity days in 2018. On Mayday Monday we raise funds for the EACH Nook Appeal and on August Bank Holiday Monday we run trains to benefit the Lord Mayor’s Fund. The final Sunday will be the traditional day for Children in Need. We raised over £3.5k for charities in 2017. We hope to repeat this in 2018.
The Mainline (below) is the dual gauge 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 1km 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.
The Heritage Track (below) is the raised level 5″ gauge track, some 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.
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.co.uk. 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 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.