Locos find new homes after Brookside site in Cheshire closes

FOLLOWING closure of the 7¼in-gauge Brookside Miniature Railway (BMR), Poynton, Cheshire on September 2 (RM Sept, p78), all but one of the locos have moved to new homes.

Exmoor 0-4-2Ts 307 Jane has gone to Pugneys Light Railway, Wakefield; 309 Jean and 337 Jeremy to Barnards Miniature Railway, West Horndon, Essex; and 314 Amy Louise to the Isle of Man.

The Brookside Miniature Railway’s last day on September 2 was in the hands of the American-style diesel locos, the steam locos having departed for pastures new. CP Rail No. 2000 Mighty Max is seen at the level crossing with a commemorative Last Train headboard. UP No. 6610 Miss Katie carried a ‘BMR 1980-2018’ headboard, but was replaced later in the day by UP No. 6602 Sir Richard. Passenger loadings were strong all day, with queues forming right up to the close of business, and many expressing genuine regret and sadness at the railway’s passing. FRANK NOLAN

The new location for privately owned Exmoor 313 2-4-2T Billy May has not been notified.

Two of the three Roger Greatrex-built, American-style diesel locos have been relocated – No. 2000 Mighty Max is now with the Grosvenor Park Miniature Railway, Chester, and No. 6602 Sir Richard is at the Burnley & Pendle Miniature Railway, Thompson Park, Burnley.

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