25 years after the miniature railway was built at the Goldsmith Leisure Centre, there are plans to double the length of the line.
Adjacent land has already been purchased and a planning application has been made for change of use from agricultural to leisure. If Wealden District Council give the go-ahead, the Crowborough Locomotive Society will extend the line to the side of the Pétanque Court and the changing rooms.
Currently the line runs around the model boating lake (opened later in 2005), under a bridge and through an existing station. A new stock fence will be built along the boundary and a native hedge and screening trees planted. Last year the Society say there were approximately 1,000 rides, mainly during the Summer Fair and Firework display.
Trains run Saturday afternoons and Bank Holidays (until Saturday 8th November) from 2pm – 5pm. The standard fare is £1, and £3 for unlimited rides.
You can comment on the planning application on Wealden District Council’s website (WD/2014/0631/F) until 12th May.
Footage showing how the existing line was built 25 years ago: