Rare public opening at Downs LR to celebrate restoration project

THE private Downs Light Railway at Colwall, near Great Malvern, will celebrate the completion of a major restoration project on its 9½in-gauge miniature rail line with a gala on April 30 and
May 1, writes Peter Nicholson.

The railway first opened in 1925 and over the last four years substantial drainage and engineering repairs have been undertaken that has saved the line from abandonment.

Pupils at the Downs Malvern school are involved at all levels of its operation and this event will be a chance to celebrate their achievements during a rare public opening.

Exhibits will include visiting locomotives plus railway models and some fascinating static displays.

Organisers have secured the operational display of Templeford, a vintage ‘O’ gauge Hornby tin plate layout of large proportions.

The event is open from 10.00 to 16.00 each day.

Admission is adults £5, children £2.50, including train rides. Parking is free.

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