Name The Station Competition

Congratulations to Cameron and Mason Robinson on successfully naming the the station on the "Thomas" layout, the station will now be known as Hall Lane Station.

Train Quiz Answers

1.       When were Britain’s railways nationalised? 1948
2.       How many 3 letter railway stations are there in the UK? 11
3.       On which line can the Ribblehead Viaduct be found? SETTLE & CARLISLE (S&C)
4.       Which engine was Thomas’ best friend? PERCY
5.       UK Busiest station? WATERLOO
6.       For what are Geoff Marshall & Vicki Pike famous?  VISITING ALL 2563 UK STATIONS IN 3 MONTHS THIS YEAR
7.       Why was the Mantle Lane Overbridge (Coalville) constructed?    CUT OUT LONG DELAYS AT LEVEL CROSSING
8.       When did the Leicester & Swannington Railway open? 17 JULY 1832
9.       Which UK railway station is named after a novel rather than a place? WAVERLEY (Edinburgh)
10.   Which station featured in the classic film “Brief Encounter”? CARNFORTH
11.   What is the most northerly British railway station? THURSO
12.   At which station was Eric Treacy photographing when he collapsed and died?    APPLEBY (S&C Line)
13.   In what year did the first train journey by a British monarch take place? 1842
14.   When was the “Railway Mission” founded? 1881
15.   Where can the tomb of Sir Nigel Gresley be found? NETHERSEAL, Derbyshire
16.   Which MP was killed in one of the earliest railway accidents? WILLIAM HUSKINSON
17.   When did the first HST power cars enter service? 1972
18.   What does “TOPS” stand for? TOTAL OPERATIONS PROCESSING SYSTEM (introduced 1970’s)
19.   Which was Britain’s first public electric railway in 1883? VOLK’S, BRIGHTON
20.   What was the running number of Britain’s first main line diesel-electric loco? 10000
21.   With what is George Bradshaw (1801-1853) associated? RAILWAY TIMETABLES
22.   Which railway company had the nickname “The Lord Is My Shepherd”? LONDON MIDLAND SCOTTISH (LMS)
23.   What was the original running number of “Flying Scotsman”? 1472
24.   What building material is associated with the Glenfinnan Viaduct? CONCRETE
25.   When will the first passenger travel on HS2? CHOOSE YOUR OWN ANSWER!


Saturday 16 September / Sunday 17 September

Suffering from Rail Enthusiast's Disease? Need some Railway Therapy?

Then this weekend is for you!

Part of the 2017 Golden Jubilee Celebrations at Hall Lane Methodist Church (Whitwick, Leicestershire LE67 5PF)

this is not a typical “Model Railway Show” but ideal for all who have any interest in trains or model railways.

See below for a list of participants

Book the dates now!

Saturday 16 September  10am - 4pm

Sunday 17 September     12 – 4pm

                              Morning Worship at 10.30am…All welcome

                              “What do God & Steam Engines have in common?”

Light Refreshments (Cobs & Cakes) available on both days

Free entry, donations welcome 
Parking available Saturday at the rugby club next door.

Participants at “For The Love of Trains” Weekend include…

Derek Whitmore

Working With Diesels at Brush

George Watson
Static ‘00’ Gauge Models, including "Whitwick"

Great Central Railway    

“Bridging the Gap” ‘N’ Gauge Model

Justin Noble                     

Model Railway Scenery & demo ‘00’ Gauge Layout

Ken Carter                        

Modelling Wagons & Introducing DCC (Digital Command Control)

Mark Bennett

Working ‘00’ Gauge Layout “Eveden”                    

NW Leics Society of Model Engineers (Saturday only)

Ralph Coleman                

“Railway Mission” Area Chaplain

Whitwick Historical Group (Saturday only)
Charnwood Forest Railway (Bluebell Line) Display


Computer Simulators (Model & Mainline Railways)

Sounds & Sights of Railways, Past & Present

Various Displays, Models & Memorabilia

For the children…

Brio Layout…create your own track!

Thomas & Friends “00” Layout…have a go at driving!


The information provided on this webpage is intended for informational purposes only and is subject to change without notice.Information may be changed or updated without notice. 

Updated 18:09:2017