The Dragon Miniture Railway has been running train rides in Marple for 16 years and we still continue growing ...
The First Few Years
In 1999, Brian decided he'd had enough of Brookside, and along with several other Brookside volunteers, started construction of the Dragon Miniature Railway at the Marple Garden Centre during winter 1998. The line was officially opened by the mayor of Marple in May 1999, initially as a 1/4 mile balloon loop running south from Wyvale Junction. Motive power at this time was Flying Dragon, Western Champion, and the two ex-Brookside steam locos Princess and Lady Pauline (Lady P. for short).
During 2001 a further 1/4 mile balloon loop extension at the top end of the site was opened, allowing trains to travel in a dumb-bell circuit for 1/2 a mile, across a bridge, through a tunnel and wooded area and past the workshops and running sheds. Further additions have been made to the locomotive stud and rolling stock list over the years. Developments were also made to the station area, which now includes a waiting room/shop and canopy. Landscaping was carried out along the embankment, and around the station to make it more pleasing to look at.
The Railway Continues Growing... ...
his first visit to the railway in 2005, and since then there has been a
second programme of major expansion on the railway. 2006 was a major
year in our development; two coaches and a locomotive were restored to
working order, while a picnic area was developed and used for the first
time during the August Bank Holiday, using the second station and passing loop to allow access to this feature. This is seasonal and will re-open every year between Easter and October. Since then a Drive-Your-Own Tram has been built, along with further developments in rolling stock and infrastructure.
The railway is always progressing, meaning that there will always be something new to see on your next visit!
More recent occurances will be posted on the News page as and when they occur or are discovered!