Watford Miniature Railway doing the loco-motion for its 60th birthday

Watford Miniature Railway doing the loco-motion for its 60th birthday

Loved by young and old, Watford Miniature Railway – set in the award winning Cassiobury Park – will be celebrating its 60th birthday this year.

2019 marks the Diamond Jubilee of the much-loved little train in Cassiobury Park.  The charming railway full of huff and puff opened in Easter of 1959 and as you climb aboard the miniature train, a woodland adventure awaits. Train enthusiasts and families can enjoy a seven minute ride which meanders through the park woodland, criss-crossing several lines before returning to the terminus beside the Grand Union Canal.

Opened in 1959 by Charles Reed, the past 60 years have seen it develop and expand into the attraction it is today, enjoyed by generations of Watford residents. To mark this anniversary, Watford Miniature Railway is having a special birthday weekend on 27 and 28 April from 1pm to 4pm) with activities for all ages.

The railway will be giving rides, including by many past locomotives visiting for the event.  There will be the unveiling of a special exhibition in the Hub building on the railway’s history, with special talks and the launch of a new commemorative book.  Live music and a model railway will be on display, plus stalls and children’s activities.  On the Saturday for early visitors there will even be a piece of birthday cake!

Southern Miniature Railways and Watford Borough Council would like your help collecting old photographs and stories you may have of the railway. If you are interested, please contact watford@minirail.co.uk or cassiobury@watford.gov.uk.

The exhibition and booklet will include the cultural impact of the line; what it means to those living around Watford and the many users of Cassiobury Park over the years.  The railway has long been thought of fondly, including the railway’s first steam engine ‘Maid Marion’ and your input is vital to the success of this special anniversary year.

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