When our 8th issue arrived in September 2008, MR was a little over two years old, and finding some fascinating features, including the 9″ gauge Torry Hill railway and the equally impressive Stapleford Miniature Railway. Digitised in March 2023
Stapleford Miniature Railway
With the wildlife park long closed, and the stately house sold off to a hotel group, you might assume that Stapleford’s miniature railway had gone too, but thanks to the determination of Lady Gretton and a dedicated band of volunteers, it survived into a well-deserved retirement.
Continuing the stately home theme we journey from Leicestershire to Kent to visit another fascinating survivor: the Torry Hill Railway at Sir Robin Leigh-Pemberton’s country home. This is a very unusual 9-inch gauge line, and open only rarely to invited groups.
Roger Marsh & Tinkerbell
Roger Marsh was one of the real miniature railway innovators, and he’s best known for the hugely successful ‘Tinkerbell’ design. It can’t really be called a ‘class’ of locomotive because of the sheer breadth of variants produced, but it’s undoubtably one of the most popular designs.
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