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WE HAVE A WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE CARRIAGE - DESIGNED AND BUILT BY OUR MEMBERS & FINANCED BY AN  AWARDS FOR ALL LOTTERY GRANT

The Smile Train:
Changing the world one smile at a time - click to find out more

DO YOU NEED A PORTABLE MINIATURE RAILWAY FOR A SPECIAL EVENT?
Our colleagues at Rotherham Model Engineers may be able to help you - please visit

www.rdmes.co.uk

This page was last updated on 27-May-2014.

We are a thriving, long established model engineering society, dedicated to promoting our hobby by building and operating steam and other types of powered models; by invention and experimentation; by tool making; by encouraging young people to participate in engineering; by maintaining links with model engineers in the UK and abroad; by furthering wider interest in our hobby with the local community who visit the Abbeydale Miniature Railway; and supporting charities. Model engineers and interested guests are always made very welcome. We usually serve refreshments, ice cream and souvenirs when the railway is open to the public, and our premises and toilets are wheelchair accessible. We have a special carriage funded by the Lottery which enables most wheelchair users to ride on the railway. We are completely non-profit making - all receipts are reinvested in developing, maintaining, insuring and running the railway and our clubhouse facilities.

  Our Teddy Bears' Picnic in 2013 raised 2030 for the wonderful Sheffield Childrens' Hospital Charity.
The next picnic will be on Sunday 10th August 2014 - again, all our ticket sales will go to the Charity. THEO the Bear will be there, along with a tombola stall and lots of animals to spot around the railway. Bring your own teddy bear too!

Click here to see a video of the Abbeydale Miniature Railway Santa Special in action

A LOCAL MINIATURE RAILWAY PIONEER

On the left is a photo of Guy S. Mitchell, driving his 71/4" gauge live steam loco in 1905 in his garden on Grove Road, Totley Rise - not far from our own Abbeydale Miniature Railway.  Around that time there were three privately owned, pioneering, ride-on garden railways in Sheffield!

Click on the photo for more information about this remarkable man and his railway.

Photo courtesy of Mrs. Julie Malam

 

Get all our local news at Open Dore - the Dore Village website

or the Totley Independent - Totley's website

WE'RE NOT JUST A MINIATURE RAILWAY!

Model engineering encompasses many different areas of interest. Come and see some examples at our FREE Annual Exhibition on Sunday 22nd June. If you are interested in joining our society please ask to speak to a Committee member.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABBEYDALE MINIATURE RAILWAY TIMETABLE - 2014
 OUR ENTRANCE IS OPPOSITE 283 ABBEYDALE ROAD SOUTH, SHEFFIELD, S17 3LB

WE ARE ONLY OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ON THE DAYS SHOWN BELOW 
Trains run from 1 pm to 5pm - fares are 1 per ride per person - except for SANTA SPECIALS*

June
Sunday 8th
Sunday 22nd OPEN DAY AND EXHIBITION

 

SUNDAY 7th AND SUNDAY 14th DECEMBER*
 SANTA SPECIALS

11 am to 5 pm

PLEASE NOTE THAT ENTRY TO THE SANTA SPECIALS WILL BE BY ADVANCE TICKET ONLY. 

PRICE 7 EACH, TICKETS ARE ON SALE ON PUBLIC RUNNING DAYS UNTIL SOLD OUT - TICKET NUMBERS STRICTLY LIMITED TO PREVENT OVERCROWDING OF PREVIOUS YEARS.

TICKET ENTITLES ENTRY TO RAILWAY, TO SANTA'S GROTTO, A PRESENT FOR CHILDREN,  SEASONAL REFRESHMENTS FOR ADULTS, AND 'UNLIMITED' TRAIN RIDES
(TERMS & CONDITIONS APPLY)

ENTRY WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO THE SANTA SPECIALS WITHOUT A TICKET.

 

July
Sunday 13th
Sunday 27th

August
Sunday 10th TEDDY BEARS' PICNIC and FUND RAISING FOR SHEFFIELD CHILDRENS HOSPITAL
Sunday 24th
Monday 25th (Bank Holiday)

September
Sunday7th
Sunday 21st
October
Sunday 5th
Sunday 19th

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO PASSENGERS:

Please be aware that live steam locomotives emit sparks, ashes and oil which could result in injury or damage to clothing.
Our  locomotives get very hot - so please do not touch them, and of course, keep off the railway tracks!

Please read and understand the Rail Riding Rules at the Ticket Office before boarding the trains.

We aim to have at least one steam engine operating as well as our 'diesels'. We offer clean toilet facilities, including disabled access. A wheelchair accessible carriage is available on request. Printed timetables are available from the ticket office for you to take home. Unused tickets can be used on a later date.

You may park in the field if ground conditions permit - access to the railway's premises by vehicle is strictly limited to disabled badge holders and members of our Society.

BIRTHDAY PARTIES - IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Please note we do not offer special arrangements for birthday parties but you are welcome to invite your guests to our railway on a scheduled public running day (see timetable above). We serve hot and cold beverages, ice cream and other refreshments at reasonable prices.

Guests' parents must stay with their children at all times and supervise them.

Please take all your party litter home with you as we have no refuse collection service from the railway.

There is strictly no access to our premises by car (except for disabled badge holders).