Rotherham & District Model Engineers Society                                                                

It had always been intended from the outset that a ground level track would be constructed once

sufficient funding could be made available, both from outside sources and from the Society

funds. The idea behind the ground level track is to give greater flexibility where it is possible for

trains to overtake, unlike running on a raised track. It is also considered more suitable for public

running and for disabled passengers.

A grant was obtained from Voluntary Action

Rotherham in July 2004 to purchase materials for

the construction of the ground level track with work

commencing on the track in October 2004. Some

preparatory work on the foundations had been started in February 2004. Work continued, again

being carried out by members of the Society, over a number of winters so as not to interfere with

public running during the running season of Easter to September. Construction included five sets

of points that were designed and made in house. Work was completed in the summer of 2007

enabling trials to proceed in order to establish the stability of the track under running conditions.

All necessary tamping and packing of the track then continued ready for the start of the 2008 running

season. The new track was formally opened in 2008 by the Mayor of Rotherham, Councillor Alan Jackson accompanied by the Mayoress.

It was decided in 2009 to seek funding to extend the ground level track to take it up to the upper

level. We were successful in obtaining a grant from the South Yorkshire Community Foundation

Grass Roots Fund for the purchase of materials to enable this extension to be commenced in May

2009. Completion of the extension was achieved in 2012. This has now given a more interesting

ride with a gradient of 1 in 22 to climb to the upper level. It also means that we can give rides of

just under 0.5 mile, by including two circuits of each of the inner circuit, which passes through the

tunnel, and the outer circuit “up the hill”

History 2 - Ground Level Track

How to find us: We can be found down a track off the end of Park Grove, Rawmarsh, S62 7JS
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Rotherham & District Model Engineers Society Webmaster:- Ken Staniforth

History 2 - Ground Level Track

It had always been intended from the outset that a ground

level track would be constructed once sufficient funding

could be made available, both from outside sources and

from the Society funds. The idea behind the ground level

track is to give greater flexibility where it is possible for

trains to overtake, unlike running on a raised track. It is also

considered more suitable for public running and for

disabled passengers.

A grant was obtained from Voluntary Action Rotherham in

July 2004 to purchase materials for the construction of the

ground level track with work commencing on the track in

October 2004. Some preparatory work on the foundations

had been started in February 2004. Work continued, again

being carried out by members of the Society, over a number

of winters so as not to interfere with public running during

the running season of Easter to September. Construction

included five sets of points that were designed and made in

house. Work was completed in the summer of 2007 enabling

trials to proceed in order to establish the stability of the track

under running conditions. All necessary tamping and

packing of the track then continued ready for the start of the

2008 running season. The new track was formally opened in

2008 by the Mayor of Rotherham, Councillor Alan Jackson

accompanied by the Mayoress.

It was decided in 2009 to seek funding to extend the ground

level track to take it up to the upper level. We were

successful in obtaining a grant from the South Yorkshire

Community Foundation Grass Roots Fund for the purchase

of materials to enable this extension to be commenced in

May 2009. Completion of the extension was achieved in

2012. This has now given a more interesting ride with a

gradient of 1 in 22 to climb to the upper level. It also means

that we can give rides of just under 0.5 mile, by including

two circuits of each of the inner circuit, which passes

through the tunnel, and the outer circuit “up the hill”

Multi-gauge and ground level tracks

Mayor & Mayoress naming Green Dragon

Ground Level Track Point

How to find us: We can be found down a track off the end of Park Grove, Rawmarsh, S62 7JS
Quick Links
Rotherham & District Model Engineers Society Webmaster:- Ken Staniforth

History 2 - Ground Level Track

It had always been intended from the outset

that a ground level track would be

constructed once sufficient funding could be

made available, both from outside sources

and from the Society funds. The idea behind

the ground level track is to give greater

flexibility where it is possible for trains to

overtake, unlike running on a raised track. It

is also considered more suitable for public

running and for disabled passengers.

A grant was obtained from Voluntary Action Rotherham in July 2004 to purchase

materials for the construction of the ground level track with work commencing on the

track in October 2004. Some preparatory

work on the foundations had been started

in February 2004. Work continued, again

being carried out by members of the

Society, over a number of winters so as not

to interfere with public running during

the running season of Easter to September.

Construction included five sets of points

that were designed and made in house.

Work was completed in the summer of

2007 enabling trials to proceed in order to

establish the stability of the track under running conditions. All necessary tamping and

packing of the track then continued ready for the start of the 2008 running season. The

new track was formally opened in 2008 by the Mayor of Rotherham, Councillor Alan

Jackson accompanied by the Mayoress.

It was decided in 2009 to seek funding to

extend the ground level track to take it up to

the upper level. We were successful in

obtaining a grant from the South Yorkshire

Community Foundation Grass Roots Fund

for the purchase of materials to enable this

extension to be commenced in May 2009.

Completion of the extension was achieved in

2012. This has now given a more interesting

ride with a gradient of 1 in 22 to climb to the

upper level. It also means that we can give

rides of just under 0.5 mile, by including two circuits of each of the inner circuit, which

passes through the tunnel, and the outer circuit “up the hill”

How to find us: We can be found down a track off the end of Park Grove, Rawmarsh, S62 7JS
Quick Links