‘We are quite often asked how long have you been here in the valley? When we reply nearly thirty years we get replies of disbelief sometimes from locals who live less than 0.5 km away. The railway was opened in 1990 by the then Lord Mayor Councillor Dennis Dicker with our first Locomotive which is aptly named “Hernia” as most of the workers after building and carrying the engine claimed they had one!
The club has been in the Plymouth area for many years and references to large exhibitions in the City Centre go back to 1947, the club originally had a raised level track in Central Park, from about 1970 but then had to move location during the 1980’s due to the building of the “Mayflower Sports Centre” . The building of the Southway Railway sometimes called “Goodwin park” was led by the then chairman Sandy Goodwin and the site is named after him. The minor miracle of change that has taken place over 35 years is amazing. The site was originally used as a council tip and after world war two had been used to deposit bomb damage rubble from the blitzed city centre. Sandy Goodwin organised lorry loads of topsoil and earth moving equipment over two years totalling over 3,500 tonnes to achieve the landscaped woodland that we now have with mature trees and dense undergrowth that encourages wildlife. Thankfully the “ Manpower Services Commission” an organisation set up in those days to help train and find employment for the unemployed youth, helped with some of the track laying work and lighter landscaping.
Today we see a vibrant club who provide an appreciated service to the community in Southway by caring for the woodland associated with the railway, and also a source of fun and entertainment during its public running days for children and the childlike who appreciate little trains . We would ask that any visitors to the area be mindful of our neighbours and not cause a nuisance from noise or careless parking, and also not disturb the wildlife and parkland.
If interested in joining Plymouth Miniature Steam and helping to run our railway or take part in Model engineering activities please call the above on 01822 852479 or speak to a member of staff during our running days at Pendeen Crescent , Southway. Plymouth. PL6 6RE.
Running days occur on the first 3 Sundays each month from April to October, rides for the public are 90 pence on the first and third Sundays (see Events) and a member’s only day on the second Sunday.
We regret having to tell you that we will not be opening for public rides in April as planned. This is both for your protection and because we are unlikely to be able to staff the service. We hope that we will be able to open at some date in the not too distant future and will look forward to welcoming you back then. In the meantime please take care.*****