About the Society

Gauge 1 track

Formed in 1979, the society was first established at a site within the old Steamtown complex. Here we built up a clubhouse and an extensive ground level miniature railway on which to operate the locomotives and rolling stock constructed by our members.

In 1996, after Steamtown closed to the public the year before, we moved to our present location at Cinderbarrow picnic site, just off the A6, a few miles north of Carnforth at Yealand Redmayne.

Gauge 1 track

Since then, with much ingenuity and great effort, the society has emerged stronger than ever with more than seventy members (room for more!) whose interests cover all aspects of engineering in miniature from quarter size steam traction engines to clocks, military vehicles to civilian boats, motor vehicles to barn engines, among others. Our major focus being – the Cinderbarrow Miniature Railway.

Our ground-level ‘ride-on’ track can accommodate models in 3½”, 5″ and 7¼” gauges. The landscaped circuit at the picnic area and our substantial clubhouse have all been constructed with our own resources and with the help of the donations of the many people who have enjoyed a ride on our trains.

Gauge 1 track

In 2019 the club has constructed a Gauge 1 track which is not a ride on track, but more of a viewing entertainment railway. Gauge 1 has a track width of 45 mm/1¾” and the track is at table height. We currently have an end to end section approx. 36’ long with seven lines which can be viewed from the waiting platform for the ride on trains. We are hoping to build an oval layout to allow use to run live steam gauge 1 trains.

The society is funded entirely by donations and members’ subscriptions and in 2018 the society became a registered charity.  Our members take great pleasure in giving enjoyment to our many visitors both young and old and we rely on them to keep the railway running.

If you have not yet visited us, you really ought to do so soon!