For the past couple of weeks, local resident Kevin Brown and a small group of dedicated volunteers have been working tirelessly to reinstate the beloved miniature railway that lay dormant in Croxteth Park for a number of years.
The miniature railway holds special memories for families throughout Liverpool, with countless residents visiting throughout the year.
They have diligently cleared the track’s route and started the labour-intensive task of unearthing the rails. Impressively, 90% of the original track remains intact, with only two segments missing. The original station platform stands resolute, alongside the foundation of the engine shed and all the point work. Their next objective is to continue their meticulous work, aiming to level the track wherever possible and eventually conduct a test run using a wheel etc.
The volunteers are committed to funding this restoration themselves, covering the cost of the missing track, along with enhancements to the station area, including fencing and levelling. These improvements would also become permanent fixtures of the site.
This exciting labour of love, spurred on by the communities cherished memories, is on track to reopen in April of next year. We hope the revitalisation of the miniature railway will rekindle this excitement and create new memories that will also be treasured for years to come.
Liverpool City Council want to extend our deepest gratitude to our dedicated volunteers, whose hard work and commitment have made this restoration possible. Their passion for preserving the heritage of Croxteth park is truly commendable, and we can’t wait to see the smiles on the faces of visitors as they enjoy this magical experience once again.
Keep an eye on our updates as we get closer to the grand reopening, Kevin and volunteers are aiming to reopen the track in April, but some delays may occur. The return of the miniature railway to set to be a momentous occasion, and we can’t wait to welcome you all back on board!
Cllr Lila Bennet, Cabinet Member for Employment, Educational Attainment and Skills said:
“I worked at Croxteth Country Park for several years and recall how popular the miniature railway was with visitors and children. As an employee and a local resident I have my own fond memories of my grandchildren having lots of fun on the miniature railway.
It’s hard to believe it’s been 15 years since the miniature railway in Croxteth Park closed and I’m sure like me, many in the community have lots of unique memories.
Lots of hard work is going into this restoration from a resident who shares his own cherished memories. This is testament to the community spirit in this area and Kevin receives our full support in this endeavour. Together we can breathe life into the past and create new memories for the new generation.”