News 2017 (newest at the bottom)
8th January 2017
First track days of the year with the permanent way around The Dam station receiving attention. Some panels were completely lifted and the ballast dug out (largely as it was sinking into the mud) and elsewhere it was sleeper replacement and levelling of the track.
16th January 2017
Some shots of the railway after the first snow of 2017.
30th January 2017
Work continues on replacement of the engine shed (separate page to follow soon showing the progress). However at the same time, the ongoing winter track programme continues apace with the loop at Lakeside receiving attention to remove a very sharp curve and also to replace the points. The points used are from the Isle of Mull railway and so Sunday marked the first time a Mull locomotive had been on Mull rails since 2012 - hopefully much more scenes like this will be repeated in the coming years.
20th February 2017
The Engine Shed is progressing smoothly so work on the railway continues on track improvements. With Lakeside Loop now complete work has shifted to Hunthouse Wood with a programme of track relaying along the whole station site. Work is progressing according to schedule despite some uninvited guests taking a look this weekend - we are happy to say so they were all returned to their field no worse for their outing along the railway.
9th March 2017
The Engine Shed is progressing to plan so now we have published our 2017 running days, timetable and special events - see the timetable page for more information.
9th April 2017
Engine Shed construction work is still ongoing with attention now turning to relaying the track in an around the shed. Work will be ongoing every day during April to get us ready for our May reopening. If you come down to see us please note there are no trains running and the site still has large construction equipment operating so please stay behind the fences for now!
8th May 2017
Engine Shed construction work is now complete and the railway has reopened. Our official opening on the 1st May was well attended and we had record numbers of visitors; many thanks to all that came. We are now straight back into our Friday-Saturday-Sunday running season and we will continue with the other small shed related projects during the week. A dedicated page on the shed project will be uploaded soon.
10th June 2017
We have put up a page showing the full history of the engine shed replacement project, complete with key dates, photos and videos. Please click here to access.
22nd June 2017
The railway has installed a new weather station that you can access to get both real-time weather data direct from the station, but also customised forecasts for the immediate area. The weather station is IHORTON4 on Weather Underground, but you can also access here and from the widget on our homepage (and the widget below).
We are also pleased to announce that the railway again has been awarded a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for 2017. Many thanks to all our customers and reviewers.