Miniature Railway announces MajorTrack Extension
The Tamworth Miniature Railway is set to open new areas and extend its public running track by nearly 600 metres over the next few years with an ambitious expansion of the existing lines to head through and down major inclines north west toward Daruka Road and the back of the TAFE.
The last expansion was the ‘Oxley Loop’ some years ago, including the ‘Keith Singh Bridge’ which provides some of the best railway views in the region. The new track will veer off the Oxley Loop and head down the hill alongside existing woodland, before climbing back up the hill and directly under the Keith Singh bridge before re-
The extension will add extra riding time and railway fun for the thousands of people who ride the miniature railway every year. Importantly, it will also allow more trains to run on the track at any one time, allowing people to enjoy the ride with less hold-
Operated by the Tamworth and District Model Engineers (TDME), the initial track has been open for nearly 15 years and has slowly expanded in three major stages, the latest now being stage 4, including major embankments, gully bridges and the bridge underpass. Tunnels and crossings have been added over the years by TDME volunteers, supported by many local businesses.
The railway boasts its own ‘Victoria Station’, two tunnels, club rooms, two steam locomotives, numerous petrol-
Located in the Botanic Gardens Precinct (just past the Men’s Shed and Astronomy Club) at the top end of Piper Street, the miniature railway has long been supported by Tamworth Regional Council and sits on TRC land, set aside just for this purpose. Recent upgrades have included a toilet block, expanded carparking and new signage, thanks to TRC.
TDME continues support for Riding for the Disabled
Tamworth Miniature Railway operators, Tamworth District Model Engineers (TDME), has been a long-
TDME President, David Scott, is shown below presenting a cheque for $500 to RDA committee member, Nick McGhie, during the July public running day.
Toot Toot Club 1,500th Member
The Toot Toot Club commenced with Tamworth Miniature Railway Inc in October 2009 -