Popular train rides take place at the Peacock Railway, the latest rides taking place on the afternoons of 12th & 26th June 2022.

These rides are organised by the South Cheshire Model Engineering Society and take place on their premises at the rear of The Peacock Inn, Crewe Road, Willaston, Nantwich CW5 6NE.

There are miniature-gauge live steam and battery electric (diesel body) train rides on the 5-inch railway track which is almost a quarter of a mile in length.

Payment is by way of a voluntary donation on the day with contactless payment available also. Such donations raise vital funds for the Society.

The weather on the 12th June was sunny and dry and rides were enjoyed by hundreds of happy families.

The next train rides event is later this month on Sunday 24th July (11.00 – 3.00pm) and other events are planned through the Summer.

In July there will be a Steam & Vintage Gathering with extra attractions too including rides behind a miniature road steam engine and a small classic car display.
For vintage vehicle owners, please get in touch with the organisers on the link below if you’d like to go along and display your pride and joy.

Also, the Society is about to begin building a Gauge 1 railway adjacent to their current tracks. Gauge 1 is built on 45mm track width, so locomotives are usually 300mm long (12 inches). The locos are steam powered, running on gas, meths or coal. They pull scale length trains and can be radio controlled. The cost of entry into this gauge is a lot less than the larger steam locos that the Society runs on its main track. The ground for this new track has already been excavated and construction of the trackwork base is expected to begin shortly.

A representative of the South Cheshire Model Engineering Society said:

After the closures and separations brought about by Covid 19, it is a delight to be able to share our facilities with the public once again and put smiles on the faces of adults and children alike. We are excited at the prospect of developing our Gauge 1 layout as this will add another facet to our Society and we expect that it will also attract new members.

For further information relating to the South Cheshire Model Engineering Society please visit:

Sent in by Jonathan White

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