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Junior members enjoying the afternoon's activity
Tucked away in the garden of John and Jenni Roberts in Pimlico is the Pimlico Light Railway - a 5” gauge ground level ride on railway. Originally designed and built by John about 25 years ago PLR was established officially as a club in 2006 although it had been running for a few years before that.
Whilst PLR is located in their private garden they have encouraged local people to come and enjoy a train ride for many years since John became the local Benefice Rector.
When John retired he found he had more time on his hands and set up an Engineering Club at the Primary School in Syresham. Here the older children were taught engineering skills and this continued for 3 years. In the meantime John wanted to further encourage the knowledge of engineering and so PLR as a club was established with membership open to young and old although junior members - Primary School age - do have to join with a parent or guardian.
This year, 2016, marks the official 10th anniversary of the Pimlico Light Railway and we shall be holding an event in May to celebrate this milestone.
There is an adult membership of 20 and there are 15 juniors. In 2015 we gave around 900 train rides for children young and old and half of the takings from the rides and the refreshments we sent to our charity Send a Cow the total amount coming to £746.01
In 2016 we are running on the 4th Sunday in the months of April to September inclusive from 3-5pm. Sadly because of increasing costs we have had to make an increase to the cost of rides in 2016; as most people have more than one ride we shall be charging £2 for three rides which means that each ride will increase by just over 20p, single rides will rise to £1. Refreshments – a key part of the afternoon’s experience - will be available.
The Light Railway is staffed entirely by the club members who are the drivers and man the station and track as well as set up and pack away before and after every event. Members' wives and mothers provide the refreshments.
In the closed season there is the maintenance to attend to of both the track and equipment. John has also encouraged the members to become more involved and some of us meet on Wednesdays to restore or build engines and rolling stock with some of the Junior members also having extra engineering sessions with John in the evenings.
Martin Brown (Chairman – Pimlico Light Railway Ltd.)
Contact: John Roberts e-mail