Wat Tyler Miniature Railway

The 10 1/4 inch gauge Wat Tyler Miniature Railway is located in Wat Tyler Country Park, about a 10 minute walk from Pitsea station in Essex.

The railway has four stations at Park Entrance, Grand Central, Holly Cottage and Riverside with a total route length of 1.2km; a round trip takes 30 minutes.

Park Entrance has a loop and a single platform whilst Grand Central has two platforms and a reversing loop that was used before the extension from Grand Central to Park Entrance opened in 2012.
Grand Central station

On the 2102 extension

There is a combined storage shed and tunnel and a separate spur to some sidings and a shed between Grand Central and Holly Cottage stations. The railway also crosses a road between these locations.

Holly Cottage has a single platform and Riverside has a run-round loop, turntable, siding and one platform.

Holly Cottage station

Trains run at weekends all year round (depending on the weather) and more frequently during the summer and during school holidays. Fares are £1.50 single or £3.00 return (£2.00 for children).

Wat Tyler Miniature Railway originally opened in 1988 using stock from the then recently closed Basildon Zoo railway.

The railway has a few maintenance vehicles and a number of carriages. On out visit trains were hauled by ‘The Goyle’ a 4w-4PM fitted with a Ford Engine. It had previously been numbered 31327.

News from Jonathan James.

This entry was posted in News. Bookmark the permalink.