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The Fenn Bell Inn Miniature Railway

The railway is now closed for 2017 except for Halloween and Christmas. We will reopen in 2018 from Easter. 

Halloween - Details to follow. Tickets to be purchased on the day when you ride.

Christmas - SOLD OUT

The railway is 7 1/4″ gauge and consists of roughly a 400 yard running line in a loop, with a two platform terminus station called Fenn Street built off of a triangle junction with turntable and engine release road. A second station called Bell Wood is located on the main running line. Trains stop at Bell Wood for special events only. Both Stations have roof canopies that cover the platforms and track. The line makes its way around the pub grounds and zoo. Yes the Fenn Bell is a pub with a miniature railway and a zoo in the 4 acre grounds. The railway passes close by many of the animal enclosures giving a good view and a different perspective from the public walking route. On your trip you will pass by the duck pond, through a tunnel between the monkeys and parrots, passed the platinum foxes, raccoons, coatis, pigs and many others! The train makes its way around the main circuit twice giving a total journey of over a 1/3 of a mile.

Santa Specials 2016 (2)

The main running line is now complete and the full circuit was used for passenger running for the first time at our 2016 Halloween event. During 2017 work will continue on installing a turntable and second platform line at Fenn Street. The loco and carriage shed along with a permanant loading ramp also need to be constructed. The track is all being constructed on site by builder Paul Wenham. The rail is 20 x 10mm steel bar welded on to steel sleepers and then attached to pressure treated wooden sleepers. The track will then be laid on road planings and finished off with 20mm granite chippings.

The railway is currently operated by a Mardyke petrol locomotive which is currently on loan and a Ride on Railways Battery Electric locomotive. There is also two steam locos on site, Davanna and Isabel. They are both operational and can be seen hauling our trains on certain days. We also have 'Dave' a part built sit in Diesel loco. Current stock consists of 4 purpose built CMD Engineering sit in carriages which were delivered new to the railway in December 2016. These are in a blue livery and finished with gold lining and logos. We also have 3 Mardyke carriages on loan from CMD so once platform 2 is finished at Fenn St a two train service will be possible later this year..

On site as well is a purpose built ballast wagon, a flat wagon, a tipper wagon and carriage for use on track laying  and permanent way trains.

The railway is currently looking for volunteers with some previous miniature railway experience to help with laying and maintaining the track and to run the railway.

 

Please see the Special Events section of the website for more details or Like us on Facebook.

Santa Specials 2016