Building up a head of steam on miniature railway

Whissendine pupils learn about steam engines from Stapleford miniture railway volunteer Nigel Spencer. PHOTO: Tim Williams
Whissendine pupils learn about steam engines from Stapleford miniture railway volunteer Nigel Spencer. PHOTO: Tim Williams

Reception class children from Whissendine Primary School enjoyed a special visit to Stapleford miniature railway on Friday.

Volunteer and press officer for the miniature railway, Nigel Spencer, said: “As a rule it is a private railway, only open to the public for two events a year to raise money for LOROS.

All aboard for a ride around the Stapleford estate grounds. PHOTO: Tim Williams

All aboard for a ride around the Stapleford estate grounds. PHOTO: Tim Williams

“But we hosted a visit by Whissendine Primary School in 2013, which was something we had not done before, and this year was the third time the school has visited.

“The children learn quite a bit about the railways and how they came about, as well as learning how signals work and getting to sit on a small steam train.

“We even get the teacher to push a three-ton stone wagon and they are always surprised at how easy it is.”

The railway is maintained and operated by the Friends of the Stapleford Miniature Railway and supports Leicester and Rutland hospice care charity LOROS.