Poole Park Railway

Last updated 13th June 2022

Wheels in motion!

Following a successful tender process, Track Systems, based in Shropshire, began work on site early December 2021.

In our latest update Councillor Mark Anderson, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Place, says:

“Good progress continues to be made at Poole Park Railway, and our contractors have completed works to both the engine shed and tracks. Works to improve the fencing, update various elements at the station and some minor groundworks are now being carried out on site.


“We were recently informed that there will be a delay in us taking delivery of the fully electric engine, which is disappointing but reflects the national picture in sourcing bespoke machinery. In light of this, we are already making enquiries to source a temporary engine which will allow us to open as expected later this year.


“The train carriages are currently being built off-site and despite some delays in sourcing materials, we expect all of those to be with us very shortly.


“The local miniature train community continue to be highly supportive of the developments at Poole Park Railway. I’d like to take the opportunity to thank them all for their support, advice, and encouragement to date.


“We are now looking to recruit new team members to manage the running of this train service. They will support our wonderful group of enthusiastic volunteers, who are ready to support the day-to-day running of Poole Park Railway when it opens.”

The plans

PDF download - Site Plan & Track Alignment

Site plan & Track Alignment (PDF, 2Mb)

PDF download - new Engine Shed details

The new Engine Shed details (PDF, 350kb)

Planning permission was granted in August 2019 for the demolition and replacement of the existing Engine Shed; details available at www.boppa.poole.gov.uk/online-applications

When re-opened, the railway will be run by volunteers and the council’s own environment team.

Project details

Budget £480,000
Funding Prudential borrowing repaid through ticket sales, BCP Council and The Parks Foundation
Contractor Track Systems UK, Shropshire
Project Leader Jude Martin
01202 123888

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