Canvey Miniature Railway
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The Canvey Miniature Railway has two separate tracks for the public to ride on. The oldest track is a raised 5 inch gauge track that was constructed in the 1970s. Anyone wishing to ride on this railway sits with their legs astride the carriage, approximately 200 mm above the surface of the track. It looks unstable but it is not. The ride lasts approximately 6 minutes and you go round the circuit twice. The locomotives that pull the trains vary each week; sometimes steam, sometimes electric or a combination of both.
The ground level track was constructed in the late 1990s. The track is a 7 1/4 inch gauge. This means we can run much bigger locomotives and rolling stock. Unlike the raised track the rolling stock that the passengers ride upon varies. Sometimes you're sitting upon a c2c train, other times you may be sitting on a tram. Like the raised track, the locomotives that pull the trains vary each week; it all depends which models our members bring in.
Additionally, the ground level track has signalling, points, bridges, turntables, a carried shed, signal box, and loading bays.
A common question that we are often asked about our steam locomotives is where do the batteries go? Not such a silly question from the youngsters, when you consider that they are surrounded with computers, mobile phones and games machines. The look on their faces when you hand them a lump of coal and tell them that the steam locomotive is powered by this strange black stuff is priceless.
For those people that want to travel on the steam locomotives, we have to point out that by its very nature, not only does a steam loco generate the authentic sound and smell of a bygone time but they also generate a certain amount of smuts and smoke. Best not to wear your Sunday best clothes.
Children are kept amused, while Granddad spends hours travelling behind the steam locomotive reliving his childhood, pretending he is taking the grandchildren out for the day. (You won't fool us, we see it every week!)
We open to the public for Easter Sunday. Then every Sunday until the second week in October. 1st April 2018 to 14th October 2018.
10:30 am until 3:45 pm. The last train leaves at 3:45 pm prompt. Weather permitting.
In exceptional circumstances, the club reserves the right to close the railway without notice.
Single ride: Both children and adults £1.00
Family ticket: Six rides for £5.00
Multiride ticket: Twelve rides £9.00
Neither the Family ticket, nor the Multiride ticket, have to be used completely on the day of purchase. The tickets will be clipped for the appropriate number of rides and any rides left over can be used at another time or date.
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