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The Langford and Beeleigh Miniature Railway

Miniature Railway at the Museum of Power

 

A most popular attraction for children, adults and families alike, this fabulous 7¼" gauge miniature railway's main line carries passengers on a journey of over one quarter of a mile through the seven acres of mature woods and meadows that make up the Museum grounds.

A small halt, 'Riverside', is situated beside the footpath leading to the Museum from the visitors' car park.

The main station, 'Langford', is on the far (south) side of the Museum site and is where passengers normally start and finish their ride. Our 'Langford' station is less than half a mile from the position of the original Langford and Ulting Halt which was situated on the old Great Eastern Railway Maldon to Witham Branch, axed in the 1960s.

Visitors please note that an extra charge is made for train rides at all times. Currently £1 per ride or six rides for £5. For details of when the miniature railway is operating, please see the calendar at the bottom of this page. The railway runs on most event days, excluding the Antiques Fairs.

It is also important for visitors to be aware that the Museum's directors reserve the right to replace a steam locomotive with a diesel locomotive as and when circumstances may demand.

Further information about our railway

This 7 1/4" gauge railway meanders in a 1/4 mile loop around the perimeter of the Museum’s grounds.  Most of the track was constructed on site but two short sections incorporate rails originating from the historic, if short-lived, Surrey Border & Camberley Railway of 1938. 
The L&BR features an overall roofed, two-platform Langford station and a basic halt, Riverbridge, which is occasionally used for special events. 
Trains are vacuum braked and run under the control of automatic 3 aspect colour light signals, supplemented by visible and audible warnings for pedestrians at two foot crossings.
Two internal road crossings are equipped with level crossing gates which are controlled by operating staff and provide protection against any risk of collision with road vehicles.
At Langford station the colour light signals are in the process of being supplemented by upper quadrant semaphore junction and starting signals which provide operating staff with enhanced visibility of route setting and add to the railway atmosphere for our visitors.
It has always been an ambition of the museum to one day build an extension to Beeleigh Mill, hence the railway’s name.

2019 STOCKLIST

STEAM LOCOMOTIVES

  • 1/8 scale 0-4-0T dock shunter, based on Fred Stone’s Hercules design.  
  • 1/4 scale Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Baldwin 2-4-2T, named Don in commemoration of the late Don Pettican, one of the team that built her. 
  • 1/3 scale Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Manning Wardle 2-6-2T, Tor based on the Milner Engineering design for the class.
  • 1/4 scale Romulus type narrow gauge 0-4-0 with 4 wheel driving tender.     
  • 1/3 scale Beyer-Peacock Garratt 0-4-0+0-4-0 Battle, based on the pioneer North East Dundas Tramway of Tasmania locomotive and named in honour of the late Stu Battle, who initiated its construction.

DIESEL OUTLINE LOCOMOTIVE, PETROL

  • 1/8 scale Rotherham Power Station Ruston & Hornsby 0-4-0D shunter Blaze No. 4, with 4 wheel driving truck based on a 5-plank goods wagon.

DIESEL OUTLINE LOCOMOTIVE, BATTERY ELECTRIC

  • 1/8 scale British Railways English Electric Co-Co “Deltic” D9001 St. Paddy. A long term resident at the Museum of Power but previously unsuitable for service on its railway. Currently undergoing conversion from petrol to battery electric traction with a view to operating trains when steam traction cannot be provided.

SIT-ASTRIDE BOGIE PASSENGER ROLLING STOCK

  • No. 1 Carriage
  • No. 2 Guard’s brake carriage
  • No. 3 Guard’s brake carriage
  • No. 4 Carriage
  • No. 5 Carriage
  • No. 6 Driving carriage with coal bunker and water tank  
  • No. 7 Driving brake carriage with coal bunker
  • No. 8 Carriage
  • No. 9 Convertible carriage / driving carriage
  • No. 10 Guard’s brake carriage

FREIGHT ROLLING STOCK

  • Permanent way bogie flat wagon with demountable upper deck.  

All locomotives and rolling stock, with the exception of the Romulus 0-4-0, Ruston & Hornsby 0-4-0D and English Electric Co-Co were originally built by members of the group that operate the railway on behalf of the Museum of Power.

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The Motive Power Depot, or Engine Shed, is situated some distance from the station, down by the river. The depot comprises a building with three ground level roads plus a fourth raised level road for the storage of locomotives and rolling stock; two adjacent sidings for the assembly and preparation of trains; two short locomotive preparation/disposal roads over a large inspection pit and a road leading to an adjustable loading/unloading ramp for visiting locomotives.

Access from the main line is via a spur protected by 'trap' points, leading to a 14' turntable which in turn serves all the sidings and shed roads. The depot has its own water tower and coal storage as well as an office and workshop and enables the crews to carry out the exacting work involved in the preparation of our locomotives and rolling stock for passenger hauling duties.

Currently, the railway's main line is controlled by automatic three aspect colour light signals and the sidings by ground signals or directional 'feather'. It is an ambition to re-equip with the traditional 'semaphore arm' signals, more appropriate to our steam railway and a few of which can still be seen on Network Rail!

The main line is divided into block sections and, as your locomotive passes each signal, you should see the light change from AMBER or GREEN to RED.

This means that until your train has cleared the section you are now in, the train behind you will have to wait at the red signal.

For safety, our trains are fitted with a powerful vacuum braking system which can be operated by either the Engine Driver or the Guard, who travels at the rear of the train.

The whole of the running line is inspected before we commence operations each day, as are the locomotives and rolling stock. For the safety and comfort of our customers, we operate and staff the railway in much the same way as on the 'Big Railway' except that, as we do not normally have a timetable, our trains are NEVER late!

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Future plans

Longer term ambitions include a bridge over the River Blackwater, giving us access to the event arena on the other side which is used for displays and rallies. A station near the car park will enable visitors to travel to the Museum and Tea Room by train.

If finance and planning become available, our eventual aim is to construct and operate a branch line along the banks of the River Blackwater to Beeleigh Falls. This branch will enable us to provide a 'Park and Ride' facility enabling the public to visit the Mill at Beeleigh, presently virtually inaccessible by road by any but light traffic. The Mill contains a unique Wentworth beam engine and its equally rare Elephant type boiler.

Constructing this branch would thus truly realise our railway's given appellation of 'LANGFORD & BEELEIGH RAILWAY'.

Volunteers

If you would like to join the volunteer railway staff, full training will be given to enable you to become a Stationmaster, Signalman, Guard, or Steam or Diesel Engine Driver.

Either e-mail us via the ‘Contact’ page or tel: 01621 843183.

Proposed Running Days 2019

Every effort is made to ensure the Miniature Trains are running on the scheduled dates, however, to avoid disappointment please check with the Museum on the day prior to your visit.

Dates on this page have been updated as per roster provided by the Railway team, but we suggest you contact the Museum if you are unsure if they are trains running before your visit.

Railway Running Times

 

'THE LANGFORD & BEELEIGH - MINIATURE RAILWAY' WILL BE RUNNING ON FOLLOWING DAYS IN 2018
January
February
March
April
    17th Science Sunday 21st Transport Fest
       
May
June
July
August
5th Fun 4 Kidz 30th Japanese Vehicle & Cultural Show 21st Classic Vehicle Show 4th Bikemeet
       
September
October
November
December
1st American Car Show 6th Model Exhibition & Steam Day 3rd Halloween Spooky Science 1st Christmas Fair
19th Steampunk Essextraordinaire V      

28th Essex Faery Fair (PM)

     

 

Prices are £1 per person per ride or £5 for SIX rides. We are unable to carry children under ONE year old.

The railway being narrow gauge 7 1/4" or 184mm requires passengers to be able to sit astride the carriage. For stability reasons this also prevents us from carrying a person unable to leave their wheelchair, those that are able to access and sit astride the carriage are wellcome. CARERS accompanying a fare paying person requiring assistance are carried free.

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Museum of Power
Museum of Power, Langford, Essex CM9 6QA
Tel: +44 (0) 1621 843183

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