Mr Graham Shoesmith, from the Sheffield Miniature Railway Society has applauded the Kentish Council on its approval of a development application that will allow the Society to develop and prosper.
This working 7.5 inch railway, the delight of patrons young and old, is located at the Sheffield Steam and Heritage Centre, 14 Spring St, Sheffield. Commissioned in 2017, the Society now has a growing collection of engines and rolling stock that require stabling.
Mr Shoesmith has been successful in obtaining assistance from the “Work For The Dole” scheme to build a shed covering the collection so that it will resemble the traditional Railway Roundhouse and it is hoped that work on this will commence in 2022.
Machinery will be securely housed and protected from the elements while giving direct access to the 400 metre of track. The track runs 7.5 inch and 5 inch Miniature trains.
Some miniature railways that existed in Tasmania have ceased to exist in recent time. It is Mr Shoesmith’s vision that this facility will make Sheffield a focus for miniature railway enthusiasts in the north of the state. He can foresee interclub steaming days and events drawing more visitors to Sheffield, the “Town of Murals”, to the greater benefit of the region.
A passing line has been built so that more than one train can use the line. This is in anticipation of heavy demand at the upcoming SteamFest event from 12th – 14th of March 2022.
The shed to store the locos and carriages is still on the drawing board and will will be the focus of work over the next twelve months.
Trains rides are offered on the first full weekend of the month – the Running Weekends. Come along and enjoy the fun.
Just $2 a ride. Please wear closed in shoes. Book the train for a children’s party – we can cater as well if you wish.
For more information contact Graham Shoesmith on mob 0409 482 083.
The major sponsor of the Sheffield Miniature Railway is Sheffield Mechanical and Tyres .