SAVE ECHILLS WOOD RAILWAY – EMERGENCY FUND
Echills Wood Railway is a well loved railway which has been entertaining families and visitors to Kingsbury Water Park since we moved here in 2006, having previously been based at a different site since the 1970s. It is operated as a Not-For-Profit business, solely by a team of dedicated volunteers without a single paid member of staff. Ticket sales and donations are the only form of income, which covers our costs including electricity, gas, coal, insurance policies and other expenses. Any remaining income is reinvested back into the railway and used on maintenance and improvements throughout the year.
As our regular visitors will know, the railway has been closed over the winter period whilst we carried out planned maintenance ready for the reopening back in March. Sadly due to the current pandemic situation, we were unable to open to the public and so have zero income which is needed to pay for the many costs which are still payable despite not running trains. We now find ourselves in a situation as with many other railway attractions in the country, with a number of financial commitments and no source of income. This is a real risk to our railways survival post Covid-19 and we need your help.
We are asking members of the public for donations to help us stay on track during this difficult period. All donations received will help keep this well used railway operational and to be able to open again in safer times.
Please donate to Echills Wood Railway by following this secure PayPal donation link. (You don’t need a PayPal account to make a donation)
The link gives you the option for a one off or monthly donation which you can easily cancel at any point.
For those that don’t wish to use the link, we would also gratefully accept cheques made out to ‘Echills Wood Railway Society’ and posted to :-
Echills Wood Railway,
10 Richardson Close,
The Echills Wood Railway in Kingsbury Water Park is one of the region's most popular visitor attractions and carried over 32,000 passengers last year. It is a seven and a quarter inch gauge (gap between the rails) miniature railway built and operated by a group of enthusiasts and dedicated volunteers.
The railway runs passenger carrying scale models of engines and trains that, do or have, run on the full size national railway. Also there are models of locomotives that come from the narrow gauge industrial heritage such as the wonderful Welsh mountain and slate railways. We have diesel locomotives , electric locomotives and trams, all on a 2 km line running through some of the beautiful wooded 600 acres of Kingsbury Water Park. The Park with its 15 lakes, maturing woodlands and abundant wildlife is a delightful place to visit with the whole family to enjoy a peaceful natural environment with one of the finest miniature railways in the country.
The railway is one of the longest of its kind and prides itself on running not only in a safe professional way but also being authentic with both light and semaphore signalling, working signal boxes and controlled crossings; you will also hear the sound of guards whistles and see how the trains are started with the proper flags. Ask all the questions you like and the staff will tell you what you want to know.
Come and join us for a wonderful experience and also explore the beautiful nature of the Water Park and let the kids have fun in the play parks. Please explore our site, watch some videos of the railway in action and find out when the next special event is on.