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A picturesque train ride through the Bessborough Arboretum

Enjoy a picturesque ride on the Stansted Park 7 1/4 guage miniature railway which winds its way through the Bessborough Arboretum. A fun ride for all ages. Weather permitting, the railway is open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday between 11 am - 4pm.

Call to check timetable: 02392 413324 or 01243 670724

Ticket Prices

Children aged 2-13 - £1.50

Adults - £2

Senior Citizens (60+) - £1.50

Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

Volunteering:  Handy with a paint brush?  Know how to use a hammer and chisel?  Fancy a bit of welding?

The volunteers who run Stansted Park Light Railway are always looking for folk with practical skills to help keep the rolling stock rolling.

If you have time to spare and fancy volunteering, contact stationmaster@splr.info or telephone 01243 670724 for a chat.

History of the Railway

Geoff Jago grew tired of running his quarter scale Denver & Rio Grande 2-8-0 steam locomotion around a small circle track at the Fareham & District Society of Model Engineers club and so decided to create his own miniature railway.  After 2 years searching for a suitable site, he eventually obtained the lease on an area in the grounds of Stansted Park. With the help of three volunteers he spent the next 2 1/2 years building the Railway from scratch.

Since its opening in 2005, volunteers have made major improvements to the Railway which include: doubling the track between the Station and Laurel Junction; increasing the length of Loggers Loop and adding a 12 foot span girder bridge: building a 6 road engine shed and workshop plus turntable; building a 3 road carriage shed; and improvements to the Station layout and facilities.

Over the years the locomotive fleet has increased to 4 steam and 3 petrol hydraulic locomotives, plus a third scale traction engine.

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