Boats & trains




Eaton Park Miniature Railway

Eaton Park’s miniature railway comprises the original elevated track (The Heritage Track) and a longer ground level track (The Mainline) 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. The Heritage Track is currently closed for refurbishment and will reopen when the work is completed.

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.


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

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.


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.


Trains 2022

Trains run on Sundays from 1130-1630, depending on availability of volunteers, and the weather. The booking office may close early if demand exceeds capacity.  Plus some pop-ups may run on Friday afternoons during school hols, or at other times

Fares: adult £1.50, child £1. Tickets not currently issued but a receipt will be given.  If you are infected with Covid you must not ride on the railway.

Heritage’ track first Sunday of the month May to September. Mainline track all other Sundays and bank holidays.

Timetable and Events

Norwich Model Boat Club meets

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

2018 Events and Regattas (approx 10am to 4pm)

Sun 8 April, Charity Day
Sat 28 April, Thames Barge & Wherry Open Regatta
Sun 6 May, Tug, Steam & Hovercraft Day
Sun 10 June, Warship Day
Sat 30 June, Open Sailing Regatta
Sun 8 July, Summer Gala Charity Day
28 & 29 July, Submarine Weekend
Sun 2 September, Warship Day
Sat 29 Sept, Thames Barge & Wherry Open Regatta
Sun 30 Sept, Tug, Steam & Hovercraft Day
Sat 27 Oct, Thames Barge & Wherry Open Regatta