The 30-year celebrations at Moors Valley Railway on 17 and 18 September were led by seventeen engines in full steam as hundreds of people turned out to experience the enduring appeal of the south’s longest, fully signalled, narrow gauge 7¼ inch steam railway.
The last 30 years have seen the Moors Valley Railway carry over three million passengers around its mile-long track. The special anniversary gala weekend of steam featured 10 trains, carrying both passengers and freight. It also paid tribute to the railway’s unique history with a photographic timeline, and offered the opportunity to sneak a peek behind the scenes at the work currently underway building and maintaining all the engines and rolling stock.
Based at Moors Valley Country Park near Ringwood, the Moors Valley Railway is a family run business. Its special events programme includes the ever-popular Santa Specials which this year run on 10 and 11 and 17 and 18 December.
Trains run every weekend, all school holidays and daily from June to mid September For more information go to www.moorsvalleyrailway.co.uk or call 01425 471415.