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Did you know that
Marple has its very own Miniature Railway!
The Dragon Miniature Railway is owned and operated by B. & H.
Lomas and son, with support by volunteers. The Dragon Miniature
Railway Society is independently owned from the Wyevale Garden
Centre, the name "Dragon" being taken from the
"Flying Dragon" locomotive that runs on the railway.
71/4" gauge railway was officially opened by Marple
Community Council leader, Monty Burton on Saturday
6th February 1999.
The original track, referred to officially as a "balloon loop" in the Ian
Allan abc "Miniature Railways" handbook, was virtually completed in just five months, from August to December
1998. During 2000/2001 a major extension was undertaken, increasing
the track length to approximately 1 mile. This was opened during Easter 2001.
MINIATURE RAILWAY'S OWN WEB SITE FOR MORE INFORMATION
Work on an ambitious track extension was carried out during 2000 and
the early part of 2001. This project has extended the line into
what is termed a "dumb-bell" formation, (although
technically this is an incorrect and inappropriate term!).
now run from Wyevale
Junction, through an area with attractions for younger children.
After crossing a pathway the line then runs adjacent to the car park,
through a small cutting, then, following a loop, the line returns
adjacent to the roadway and past the station onto the new extension.
This takes the line through a tree-lined area by the river, over a
girder-bridge and onto an embankment which then carries the line on a large "balloon loop", eventually
rejoining the original track at a point adjacent to the engine shed
before returning to the station.
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