Famous Trains Model Railway

Famous Trains Model Railway

Famous Trains Model Railway
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK2,050 contributions
Oct 2022
Located in Markeaton Park Famous trains is a very impressive model railway. It's a bit of a walk and with the help of google I was able to find it within the park.

The railway is based on Chinley which is a real place and shows how the station was in the past with trains running back and forth.

They also have a display of what Chinley looks like nowadays which is a far cry from what it was like in days gone by.

The volunteers are friendly and able to tell you about the layout and the history of the area it is based on.

There are other things I could tell you about but I don't want to spoil your visit ;)
Written October 13, 2022
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Alan C
2 contributions
Sep 2022
Whoever criticised the absence of a Pendolino doesn't know much about railways. It has never run through Chinley, nor anywhere else without overhead lines. I think it is a totally superb attraction, accurately detailed, romanticised or fantastic where it needs to be. Something for absolutely everyone! And a great little shop for modellers of all levels!
Written October 25, 2022
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GG20142014
Nottingham, UK13 contributions
Sep 2021
We spent around 2 hours in the Centre with our 3 year old son. Centre staff spent a long time showing him the displays and answering his questions. We visited on the way back from a holiday and he said that the trains were the best bit of the holiday.
Written September 28, 2021
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Angela Topping
11 contributions
Mar 2022
I'm not really the model train buff but my husband fancied visiting. He enjoyed it. I liked the layouts but would have liked to see the trains moving around more, so I could follow their journey. I'm currently using a wheelchair some of the time, and I wanted to reassure people who need such mobility aids that this place is fully and easily accessible. A gentle ramp from the door up to the counter, and once inside, we folded the chair and I was able to walk round using my stick, thanks to the handrail round half of the displays and layouts. It's not possible to park very near but it was all level ground from the main car park, and not far. The website does not say that they have an accessible toilet, but in fact they do, behind a door marked staff only, but someone will open that on request. It's essential to have a loo, for people who have driven a long distance, so I am surprised the website doesn't mention it. There is also a small shop including some second hand books.
The volunteers were friendly enough but there could have been more interaction. I felt we were really watching others play with trains, apart from a couple of press the button things. The layouts were charming but could have done with a bit of dusting, as I noticed several cobwebs! Markeaton Park itself was lovely, and a good place to picnic. There are more toilets, including an accessible one, that needed a radar key, near the Orangery.
Written March 29, 2022
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Graham J
8 contributions
Mar 2020
I recently visited this attraction for the second time.
It's a great place to visit to see all of the layouts of which most were working. On the large layout there was a wide range of model trains going around the various circuits. It is a wonderful layout but in certain areas, it's starting to look a bit tired and perhaps could do with a bit of a clean.
This Model Railway is situated a small distance from the Car Park which is fine for most people but people who are less abled or struggle with walking would have a problem.
I would certainly visit this place again.
Written March 21, 2020
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andrew e
Oxford, UK118 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
An absolute gem of a find! A model railway in the middle of the park in Derby. Fully running OO voyage layout with buttons for the children to press, plus a corner where the kids can do some colouring in the warm, and watch Thomas the tank video. Plus there's a small layout where they can have a go at driving. Beware though, you'll go home wanting one! Entry was £5 for 2 adults and 2 children. Really good value!
Car parking available right by it, at the pay and display car park.
You don't have to love trains to appreciate it.
Written February 24, 2020
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mike m
Leeds, UK4 contributions
Oct 2014 • Solo
Thanks very much for this. It really took me back to my childhood and the feelings of quite some time ago were very welcome. Perhaps I will bring my grandsons next time. Really great fun
Written January 27, 2015
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Engineer021
Derby38 contributions
Nov 2014 • Solo
I went to Markeaton Park in Derby and found this little gem. Off the main car park was an old refurbished building that held the largest model railway I have every seen. The main layout was based on Chinley (North Derbyshire) from the late 1950's and early 1960's. With over 20 trains it held my interest for over an hour. In addition there was branch line for Darley Green. During my visit there were table set up for the younger visitor to "play" trains. There was video's playing, second hand goods to buy and a shop for all your modelling needs. The staff told me that the layout was evolving and growing so a revisit will be required to see what progress has been made. There has been a lot of work done in the building since it opened in April 2014. A good cheap visit - I shall be taking my son there at the first opportunity.
Written December 17, 2014
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joan n
Derby, UK16 contributions
Aug 2014 • Family
Based in Markeaton Park, Derby, Famous Trains offer the enthusiast an opportunity to see large 00 scale layouts, with up to 20 trains running! There is no age limit - activities for younger visitors to keep them busy. The shop sells modelling items for layouts plus books, toys, and toy trains. The biilding is disabled friendly, with easy access for all. A friendly welcome greets you on arrival, Enjoy! I loved every minute!
Written September 18, 2014
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M N
Derby, UK193 contributions
Apr 2019 • Family
The model railway is housed in a large room that is open to the public every Saturday, SUnday and Monday plus extra days at some Bank Holidays. The model railways are not static but are being run to show them at their best. There are a couple of smaller displays where you can take control of the controllers, which is a delight for small children.

The display has been growing since it took over the room on Markeaton Park in 2013. There is still development to do but the vast majority is fully modelled and working.

Your ticket is a day ticket and you can go back as often as you want throughout the day.
Written April 21, 2019
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