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tilly trotter
bedworth
1 of 16  Sat 9th Feb 2013 6:36pm  

Does anyone remember the miniature railway that ran around the front of the War Memorial Park at the Kenilworth Road end?
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NormK
bulkington
2 of 16  Sat 9th Feb 2013 7:17pm  

Wasn't it on the narrow strip where the children's play area was? Cheers
Milly rules

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tilly trotter
bedworth
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3 of 16  Sat 9th Feb 2013 7:26pm  

That's right Norm, don't know when the railway disappeared though
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NormK
bulkington
4 of 16  Sat 9th Feb 2013 8:16pm  

Philip the tank engine will know Smile Smile
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NeilsYard
Coventry
5 of 16  Sat 9th Feb 2013 8:26pm  

Yes I remember the train - it was on the strip of land that runs alongside Kenilworth Road between where The Firs and Davenport Road are. I think it lasted until the late 70's, similar to the Japanese Garden
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Greg
Coventry
6 of 16  Sat 9th Feb 2013 9:30pm  

It`s now at Ryton Pools, and still run by the Coventry Model Engineering Society, after a few years at Stoneleigh Abbey.
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flapdoodle
Coventry
7 of 16  Sat 9th Feb 2013 10:10pm  

There's a miniature ride on railway at the old GEC sportsground. We went there last Halloween and the kids loved it,
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dutchman
Spon End
8 of 16  Sat 9th Feb 2013 10:44pm  

Yep. Must've been there for at least fifty years now?
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PhiliPamInCoventry
Holbrooks
9 of 16  Sat 9th Feb 2013 11:01pm  

Hi all Wave Sorry to say that I cannot tell you the dates. I know that the secretary was model maker Jack Owen who was a project design engineer at Courtaulds. I understand that they had a spot of bother with the Council Parks Department & were forced to take it up. It finished up at Stoneleigh Abbey Park for a while. Thank you, Greg who has made reference to this. Thank you Dutchman too. Wave
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flapdoodle
Coventry
10 of 16  Sun 10th Feb 2013 1:41pm  

On 9th Feb 2013 10:10pm, flapdoodle said: There's a miniature ride on railway at the old GEC sportsground.
When I worked at Marconi in the late 1990s/early 2000s, I never even knew it was there. I had many a good drunken time in the old Grange, though. What a great place to get a job straight after University! There was a campus feel to the place and a real buzz due to the growth in telecom. That soon ended.
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Old Lincolnian
Coventry
11 of 16  Sun 10th Feb 2013 4:57pm  

The miniature railway at the GEC sportsground has regular public running days throughout the summer. It can also be booked for children's birthday parties etc. Thumbs up
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Greg
Coventry
12 of 16  Tue 12th Feb 2013 6:46pm  

I`ve checked with a friend who is on the committee of the Coventry Model Engineering Society, and who has researched their history, and he has given me the following dates for the public operations of their model railway. Memorial Park: 1952 to 1979 Stoneleigh: Construction started in 1978 and the Society vacated in 1993. Ryton Pools: Construction started in 1997 and the first rides were started in 1999 on a single section of track. A loop was constructed early in 2003 but the first public rides started, on completion, at Easter 2004.
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PhiliPamInCoventry
Holbrooks
13 of 16  Tue 12th Feb 2013 8:56pm  

Hi Greg & thank you so much for that info. Wave
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Baz
Coventry
14 of 16  Fri 22nd Feb 2013 11:21pm  

The line that was at the N.A.C. has now moved to Kingsbury Water Park, and is open at weekends in the summer (when it gets here!) Thumbs up
Always looking forward to looking at the past.

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Not Local
Bedworth
15 of 16  Mon 6th May 2024 7:19pm  

The former GEC Model Engineering Society railway at Allard Way is still in operation but is now called the Copsewood Miniature Railway (see website). There are public running days on the first Saturday and first Sunday of each month from April to October. On a Saturday afternoon you can ride the five inch gauge railway for only £1 and on Sunday afternoons you can ride the seven and a quarter inch gauge railway for just £1.50. There is a small refreshment hut which sells the usual tea, coffee, soft drinks and cakes and which also contains an 00 gauge model railway. The railway also operates special events at Halloween and a Santa Express at Christmas. You can also hire the railway for a children's party. The railway is an excellent way to introduce young children to the sights and smells of live steam but without frightening them by starting off with a big full size steam train. The railway is also good fun for rail enthusiasts of any age, it is a lovely way to spend a couple of hours on a Sunday afternoon, and relatively on the doorstep. I took this photo yesterday (Sunday) and have not shown the smiling faces of the children and adults who were enjoying their ride, but they did!
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