About Us

Ferry Meadows Railway has been here since the park opened to the public in 1978, and over those years there have been quite a few changes, and we hope a few more to come soon.

The track is laid to a 10.1/4″ inch gauge, it is a very popular gauge for miniature railways as it gives a stable and comfortable ride to the passengers.

Henry at FMR 1978 - 2001
Henry at FMR 1978 – 2001

The railway started off with a single steam locomotive called Henry and five or six open coaches, it then doubled in size after the staff built a very large diesel locomotive called Harvester, after a while Harvester was sold (That loco now runs at the Wells and Walsingham Railway in Norfolk)

FMR Diesel called Hervester now at Wells & Walsingham Railway
FMR Diesel called Hervester now at Wells & Walsingham Railway.

Next on the scene was another steam locomotive called Ivor, it was built by the staff at FMR, a lovely little locomotive and it was very popular with the passengers, it was sold to a private railway in Surrey to make way for our current loco Charles.

Ivor left FMR in 1999
Ivor left FMR in 1999

I bought the railway from the original owners in November 2007 with locomotive Charles and the six coaches, at that time Henry was sold to a private railway near Kendal in the Lake District after giving about 22 years service.

Charles arrived in 2000, still in service
Charles arrived in 2000, still in service

After we bought the railway we set about making some improvements by erecting new fences and building new platforms at both ends of the track, after that we laid a new crossing by the engine shed before rebuilding both turntables.

In November 2012 we took delivery of a brand new steam locomotive, a half size Darjeeling B Class built by Laurence Hall of Peterborough, at the same time Laurence joined us as a staff member at the railway.

Darjeeling No44 arrived in November 2012, still in service
Darjeeling No44 arrived in November 2012, still in service

About the same time as the Darjeeling arrived we bought another locomtive and four coaches from Drayton Manor Park in Staffordshire, the first job that Laurence took on was to renovate and adapt the coaches for use at our railway, they where completed and put to work for the first time on Halloween night 2012.
The locomotive an American Rio Grande style has yet to see service at FMR, it keeps getting pushed to the back of the shed when other projects take over, I hope to start work on it this year.

Number 1 Rio Grande, currently out of service
Number 1 Rio Grande, currently out of service

The next item to be built was our very successful Wheelchair coach, again built at the railway and put to work on June 8 2014 it has allowed many people to ride the train with friends and family while remaining in their wheelchairs.

Wheelchair coach first run out
Wheelchair coach first run out
Wheelchair coach complete
Wheelchair coach complete

 

 

 

 

 

 

In July 2014 we built a water tower to serve Darjeeling No44.

The water tower completed in 2014
The water tower completed in 2014

We are currently building a pair of trams to operate at FMR and hope to have them in service by the middle of 2117, you can follow their progress here.

Updated 31 October 2016