Following the successful purchase of an strip of land in the neighbouring field by the Council, planning permission was granted earlier this year, for the miniature railway to extend its track. Once completed, the railway will more than double in length. This will allow and encourage the growth of the Society, and permit more locomotives to operate at the same time.
Work has already commenced.
Founder member and Project Manager of the extension, Neville Watts explains;
“Ever since the club was formed back in 1989 and the original track laid, it has been our ambition to extend the track at some time in the future to give a longer and more varied ride. Now, after a 25 year wait, the land has been acquired, planning permission granted and work has just begun. When completed the new track will be more than double the length of the existing line and should make for a very interesting ride.
Extending the track and landscaping the area is Phase I of the planned improvements. Phase II is the re-modelling of the steaming bays and Phase III is to improve the clubhouse and its facilities.
We now need help urgently to assist with the construction work and to raise the necessary funds to purchase the materials. There are many jobs to do and many skills needed so there should be something to suit everyone. Our regular days on site are Saturday afternoons and Tuesday mornings.”
Anyone who is interested in helping this project should come along on any running day or contact us via email.
The extension is, without a doubt, the largest project undertaken by the Society since the original task of building the railway. This video is a reminder of the efforts put in by our members in the early days.
We will always remember, and be forever grateful, to those members who are now, sadly, no longer with us. The fruits of their labour are still being enjoyed by thousands of visitors every year.
Extension Appeal – Download Donation Form
The Crowborough Miniature Railway now has planning permission to extend their track into the adjoining field. The cost to achieve this will be found from fares and donations. Please support our venture by sponsoring a length of track or rail components. A record of sponsors will be kept with the sponsors permission. Please ask a member of staff for further information.
Chairman for the Crowborough Locomotive Society