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tilly trotter
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1 of 14  Sat 9th Feb 2013 6:36pm  
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Does anyone remember the miniature railway that ran around the front of the War Memorial Park at the Kenilworth Road end?
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NormK
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2 of 14  Sat 9th Feb 2013 7:17pm  
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Wasn't it on the narrow strip where the children's play area was? Cheers
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tilly trotter
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3 of 14  Sat 9th Feb 2013 7:26pm  
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That's right Norm, don't know when the railway disappeared though
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NormK
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4 of 14  Sat 9th Feb 2013 8:16pm  
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Philip the tank engine will know Smile Smile
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NeilsYard
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5 of 14  Sat 9th Feb 2013 8:26pm  
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Yes I remember the train - it was on the strip of land that runs alongside Kenilworth Road between where The Firs and Davenport Road are. I think it lasted until the late 70's, similar to the Japanese Garden
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Greg
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6 of 14  Sat 9th Feb 2013 9:30pm  
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It`s now at Ryton Pools, and still run by the Coventry Model Engineering Society, after a few years at Stoneleigh Abbey.
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flapdoodle
Coventry
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7 of 14  Sat 9th Feb 2013 10:10pm  
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There's a miniature ride on railway at the old GEC sportsground. We went there last Halloween and the kids loved it,
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dutchman
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8 of 14  Sat 9th Feb 2013 10:44pm  
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Yep. Must've been there for at least fifty years now?
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PhilipInCoventry
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9 of 14  Sat 9th Feb 2013 11:01pm  
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Hi all Wave Sorry to say that I cannot tell you the dates. I know that the secretary was model maker Jack Owen who was a project design engineer at Courtaulds. I understand that they had a spot of bother with the Council Parks Department & were forced to take it up. It finished up at Stoneleigh Abbey Park for a while. Thank you, Greg who has made reference to this. Thank you Dutchman too. Wave
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flapdoodle
Coventry
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10 of 14  Sun 10th Feb 2013 1:41pm  
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On 9th Feb 2013 10:10pm, flapdoodle said: There's a miniature ride on railway at the old GEC sportsground.
When I worked at Marconi in the late 1990s/early 2000s, I never even knew it was there. I had many a good drunken time in the old Grange, though. What a great place to get a job straight after University! There was a campus feel to the place and a real buzz due to the growth in telecom. That soon ended.
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Old Lincolnian
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11 of 14  Sun 10th Feb 2013 4:57pm  
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The miniature railway at the GEC sportsground has regular public running days throughout the summer. It can also be booked for children's birthday parties etc. Thumbs up
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Greg
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12 of 14  Tue 12th Feb 2013 6:46pm  
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I`ve checked with a friend who is on the committee of the Coventry Model Engineering Society, and who has researched their history, and he has given me the following dates for the public operations of their model railway. Memorial Park: 1952 to 1979 Stoneleigh: Construction started in 1978 and the Society vacated in 1993. Ryton Pools: Construction started in 1997 and the first rides were started in 1999 on a single section of track. A loop was constructed early in 2003 but the first public rides started, on completion, at Easter 2004.
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PhilipInCoventry
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13 of 14  Tue 12th Feb 2013 8:56pm  
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Hi Greg & thank you so much for that info. Wave
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Baz
Coventry
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14 of 14  Fri 22nd Feb 2013 11:21pm  
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The line that was at the N.A.C. has now moved to Kingsbury Water Park, and is open at weekends in the summer (when it gets here!) Thumbs up
Always looking forward to looking at the past.

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