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Railway fun for families in Lodge Farm Park, Gidea Park

PUBLISHED: 16:33 04 May 2016 | UPDATED: 09:42 05 May 2016

Dave Allen driving his 7 1/4

Dave Allen driving his 7 1/4" gauge British built Feldbahn locomotive at the Havering Miniature Railway Club event in Lodge Farm Park on Monday

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Hundreds of people enjoyed a ride on miniature trains steamed with Victorian engines over the bank holiday weekend.

The Havering Railway Miniature club set up a track in Lodge Farm Park, Gidea Park, on Monday for families to discover post Second World War models of steam-powered locomotives.

More than 700 rides were taken on the trains around the park.

There were two traditional steam engines powered by coal and water and one electric train and all coaches were made in the borough.

Secretary of the club Paul Middleton said: “It was a lovely day and the rids were very popular.

“It appealed to children and adults as well. It’s fantastic that this Victorian engineering is made available to the public.”

Streetlife users have hailed the event as a success.

Richard B said: “What a cracking bit of fun the railway was today. It was lovely to see the kids and families all enjoying their rides on the little steam trains. It’s a great idea to bring a piece of life to a piece of Lodge Farm Park that wasn’t being used.”

The event was also run in tribute to Richard Goulding, a founding member of the two-year-old club, who died at the age of 71, shortly before May Day last year.

His green engine was taken out for the occasion and was driven by his son Tony.

The Havering Railway Miniature Club is also waiting for a grant to install a permanent track around the park in order to organise events on a more regular basis.

This comes as the club was granted full licence by Havering Council to install their equipment in the green space.

The next event will take place at Lodge Farm Park on May 30.

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