The railway’s birth occurred some twelve years ago when the house group Heather and I were involved with decided it wished to do some practical outreach.
To cut a long story short “DROP ‘n’ SHOP” was born some twelve years ago to give parents of children 4 – 11 years old the facility to place their children in safe hands and allow them to entertain themselves from 10.00 till 12.00 on Saturday mornings.
Paul thought they might like to ride on his train.
For 2 years a temporary track was used for this purpose.
10 years ago a track was laid along the side of the Methodist church in Hospital Street and kids of all ages were encouraged to have a ride and if they felt they would like to donate to the cause we would collect the donations and give them to children’s charities.
Since that time we have run on the vast majority of Saturday mornings from 10.00 till 12.00.
10 years and somewhere in the order of 2000 hours later I have almost perfected my fire lighting technique and we have managed to raise a sum of £11,500 pounds which has been given to Charities including David Maidment’s Railway Children, Hope House, Action for Children and Under the Mango Tree.
We have met a very considerable number of people on these morning ventures and made a considerable number of friends who visit us regularly for a chat or a view of me disappearing in a puff of steam and smoke.
The locomotive is a 1/3rd scale model of 60 or more locomotives built by Kerr Stuart in Stoke on Trent during the First World War for the French Army and used behind the trenches for transporting everything from water, food, the injured and anything that needed moving.
It has been named after my Grandfather who fought in the First World War, and carries a poppy in respect for all those who died.
I hope that those of you who have partaken in this rather extreme hobby have enjoyed the experience. And those of you who have yet to try it will come along at some time and see what we are up to. If you would like to join me in talking to passers-by please let me know. Tea and coffee are free and we try to be as friendly as possible.
The locomotive is a 1/3rd scale model of 60 or more Joffre and Hague locomotives built by Kerr Stuart in Stoke on Trent during the First World War for the French Army and used behind the trenches for transporting everything from water, food, the injured and anything else that needed moving.
The real thing can be seen operating under steam at APEDALE a park and museum in the area of Chesterton Stoke on Trent
It has been named after my Grandfather Henry Charles Pattman who fought in the First World War, and carries a poppy in respect for all those who died.
It runs here Every Saturday morning from 10.00 till 12.00 and you are very welcome to visit us.
The rides are free and any donations are given to 4 children’s charities and we have raised over £11,500 over the years we have been running.