The "station's" name on a safety barrier. "Drop 'n' Shop" is the
Saturday morning facility for parents to leave their children in good
hands while they shop.
one-third scale model of a train made by Kerr Stuart in
Stoke-on-Trent. The full-scale one, which runs on a 2ft 6ins track, cost
£520. Thescale model, which runs on a dual five-inch and
seven-and-a-quarter-inch permanent track at the side of the church, is a
The name plate on the side of the new engine was placed there with much
pride by Paul. The engine is named H.G.Pattman after his grandfather.
The engine is powered by anthracite beads, which looks like lumps of
small-scale coal, bought from Stoke-on-Trent.
The free-rides railway "service" (donations for charity), which provides fun for children of all ages
- that is, adults can ride too! - began in 2007.
runs every Saturday morning while the church centre is open for "Drop
'n' Shop" - a facility which allows parents to drop their children off
for supervised activities while they go shopping.
The train runs all year round, except for the odd week when there is
snow on the line. Leaves are no problem. The return trip starts at the front railings of
the church centre for
about 75 yards toward the supermarket.
A number of changes have taken place with regard to the train project over
the years - with an ambitious one to follow.
One of the changes to date was to extend the track to run the full
length of the area of land acquired by the church as an extension to
its car park - crossing over a small lane that leads to the original car
park as well as the new one.