A Cab Ride on Summerfields Miniature Railway

On the late May Bank Holiday 2023 one of our members took a “dash cam” recording of a full circuit of Summerfields Railway. (NB – the camera date/time is incorrect!)This is a full, public train and is a “cab ride” on board LNER B1 Gazelle hauling a rake of LNER Teak coaches, fully laden with…

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Betty Freestone – an Obituary

By Alan Gildersleve                       Betty Freestone 1931 to 2022   Betty was born on the 2nd July 1931 in Barrington, Cambridgeshire where she attended Barrington Village School until the end of WW2. Remaining in Barrington, she then worked for J.F.Hall in the village General Stores…

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The Train Standing on Platform One

by John Crawley (An article by our then Vice-President, first published in Bedfordshire County Life magazine Spring 2004 and re-produced here by kind permission of its editor, Alan Humphreys). John Crawley writes about a remarkable passenger hauling miniature railway run by the Bedford Model Engineering Society from their site at Haynes where he takes us…

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2020 Season at Summerfields’ Miniature Railways

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By Tony Bullock This has been a very strange year for our club as it has been for us all. Just as we were about to open we found ourselves locked down, not allowed to be at our site, no way of earning funds but still with bills to pay, A grim outlook – would…

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Joe’s Gigantic Track Challenge

For those who are not aware, we have recently had a helping hand from a young man named Joe. With a little help from his mum and the rest of the family, Joe set about raising funds for both Summerfields and Riverside Railways to help them through the lean times of the Covid-19 Pandemic. So…

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2020 Gala Weekend

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Owing to the recent government announcements our public operations are suspended. We would hope that by September the situation will have improved and that we can go ahead with our Gala weekend as planned. However at this point it is certainly premature to be taking bookings and more specifically monies (for meals). Our suggestion then…

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Santa Specials 2019

By Tony Bullock Summerfields Miniature Railways are delighted that Santa was able to find time in his busy schedule to visit them again this year for 3 days. Over 800 people were able to travel by train to his grotto at Hammer Hill, Haynes to enjoy meeting him with their families and friends. Packed trains…

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Bedford MES Gala 2019

The Bedford Model Engineering Society are once again holding their Annual Gala at the Summerfields Miniature Railways at Haynes in Bedfordshire. This year’s event will be held over the weekend of Friday 30th August to Sunday – 1st September 2019. As always we extend a cordial invitation to fellow enthusiasts from other clubs to join…

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Keech Charity Day

By Tony Bullock After a busy start to our public running season with two Bank Holiday weekends it was now the Spring Bank Holiday. Once again all train fares on Monday were being donated to the Keech Hospice. Keech set up a display of their work in the clubhouse and a stand outside running a…

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Bertie’s Story

Hello I’m Bertie I have just arrived at the Summerfield Miniature Railways. The locomotive I am based upon is an ALCO S4 Diesel Electric Switcher (ALCO = American Locomotive Company). These engines were built from 1940 to 1957. So, what is a Switcher? Well, that is the American name for a shunting engine, one that…

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