Steaming Beyond Sixty!
In our 60th Anniversary Year (2019) we are pleased to confirm plans to invest over £250,000 into the railway over the next few years. This will be the largest ever private investment into the railway and Cassiobury Park.
A report was presented to Watford Borough Council in June 2019 detailing the issues facing the railway and the proposals to secure the railway’s long term future: an abbreviated copy of this report can be downloaded in the link below.
Our current storage sheds are old, primitive, cramped and they have no power, water or lighting. Consequently even basic maintenance has to take place outside (in all weathers!), and there is also no space for larger rolling stock, such as a coach with facilities to carry a wheelchair.
Therefore we plan to replace the current sheds with new purpose built modern buildings, complete with utilities and space to work on the trains undercover. It may not sound glamorous, but it will allow the trains to be safely stored and maintained for many more years!
Our current coaches have served the railway well for many years, but their design is nearly 50 years old, and they are fully open, leaving us at the mercy of the weather!
Once we have a new shed we can build a new set of larger all-weather coaches, providing protection from summer showers. We’ll also introduce a new wheelchair accessible coach, so no one is left out from a ride on the train.
We plan to rebuild our station to better suit the needs of a busy, modern railway. Improvements to the station are planned to include shelter for waiting passengers, buggy park, card payment facilities and a water refill station.
Introduction of further historic steam locomotives as part of a ‘working museum’. The first, ‘Pilgrim’, entered service in 2019 – a second ‘Chiltern Shuttle’ will follow in 2020, and there will be more to come…
The Watford Miniature Railway is one of the oldest park railways in the UK and of national historic importance. We want to reflect this heritage, tell the tale of park railways, and create a nationally renowned heritage facility.
Initially this will be by the development of the Watford Miniature Railway Heritage Trust – a charitable organisation which will support the railway and undertake work to promote and record heritage and engineering.
In time it is anticipated the WMRHT would develop its own museum facility at the railway, complete with educational area, heritage restoration centre and engineering apprenticeships.
The WMRHT is in its early stages, but if you would like to know a little more or offer support see www.wmrht.org.uk