Welcome to the Dragon Miniature Railway
We are a small volunteer-based organisation running our 7.25" gauge miniature railway in the grounds of Marple Garden Centre. The railway includes steep gradients, sharp curves, a tunnel and a bridge. Our fleet of hard-working locomotives will haul your train past these and other features around the line.
We operate a friendly railway, with a style reminiscent of British Rail steam days, when the area was part of the maroon London Midland Region. Kids and adults alike enjoy riding on our miniature trains and regularly come back time and time again. During our existence we have established ourselves as a high-quality attraction within not only our local community, but also further afield.
A picnic area will be open whenever the railway is open from Easter until October, so you can take your time and catch a later train back.
The railway is owned and operated by Brian Lomas and his family and friends. We are a group of like-minded volunteers from all walks of life who enjoy railways. We are all of differing ages and abilities, and our main objective is to enjoy our hobby with others who come and see us and ride on our trains.
Please take time on your visit to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the railway; we work hard to make it as realistic as possible for the public's enjoyment. The locomotive and rolling stock sheds are always open for viewing (though please ask first) and our staff are always happy to help and answer any questions you may have.
We are always looking out for more volunteers to help take fares, mind the shop, guard, drive, and generally help out with infrastructure and maintenance. The DMR is lucky in having a strong following of young volunteers, who are being taught in skills which are increasingly difficult to obtain. All of our staff are loyal to the railway and take pride in its operation, and hence a family-like community has built up between the staff, as well as regular passengers who we see on a regular basis.
The Dragon Miniature Railway operates trains every weekend and Bank Holiday throughout the year. We are also open daily during local school holidays.
Opening times are from 11am until 4.30pm, weather permitting. Though we try to stay open through periods of light rain, we may close early if the weather is extreme.
Fares are £1 all classes and ages, though under 2s travel free.
For more information on the railway, please go to http://www.dragonminiaturerailway.co.uk/index.html