BOATS AND TRAINS

BOATS AND TRAINS

BOATS AND TRAINS

Eaton Park Miniature Railway

Eaton Park’s miniature railway comprises the original elevated track and a longer ground level track which runs through a beautiful meadow. It was built, and is run, cared for and developed by the Norwich and District Society of Model Engineers Ltd (NDSME) It is one of the park’s most popular attractions.

NDSME was founded in 1933 particularly for the”…impecunious junior, who can find somewhere to work with plenty of tools available and a senior in attendance to give advice and discourage bad work.” Its roots are in Norwich’s great engineering company Laurence Scott and Electromotors.

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As well as two stations, a kilometer of track, tunnel, rolling stock and engines, the site in Eaton Park includes a workshop and club house. Members meet Tuesday mornings to maintain the site and rolling stock, and every winter sees a new project launched and completed.

To find out more about joining this industrious and friendly group contact chairman@ndsme.co.uk

Boat Pond

The 1928 boat pond is one of the finest in Europe. It holds 960,000 gallons of fresh water and was first used to sail traditional ‘vane’ yachts. Today you can see model boats of all kinds from toy boats to Thames sailing barges and from cross-channel ferries to submarines. Many boats are hand-built and on event days they’re displayed beside the pond, where you can meet and chat with the people who made them.

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The boat pond is home to Norwich Model Boat Club, which has the Model Boat Pavilion as its club house. NMBC hosts regular meets, regattas and event days. Anyone can sail their model boat on the pond, even on event days, when an area of the pond is always left free for public use.

 

Timetable and prices

2 April to 8 October 2017, Sundays and bank holiday Mondays, 1pm to 5pm.

Tickets mainline £1, heritage (raised) track 50p (first Sunday of the month).

Timetable and Events

Norwich Model Boat Club meets

Saturdays 8am to 1pm – yachts
Sundays 8am to 1pm – all boats
Wednesdays from midday – speed boats

2016 Events (approx 9am to 4pm)

Sat 30 April, Sailing by
Sun 1 May, Warship Day plus Tug and Steam Day
Sat 2 July, Sailing by
Sun 10 July, Summer Gala
Sat 23/Sun 24 July, National Submarine Weekend
Sun 4 September, Warship Day
Sun 18 Sept, Open Day
Sun 2 October, Children in Need plus possible Tug and Steam Day