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WMES & Royden Park Miniature Railways

Santa Specials 2019

‘Thanks for your support but we are now Sold Out’.

When are the Santa Specials?

    Saturdays and Sundays  14th and 15th + 21st and 22nd December 2019. 

Where are they held?

    At Royden Park miniature railway, Frankby.

What time?

    Between 11.00 am and 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm and 4.00 pm each Saturday and Sunday.

    Booking at the Park enables us to provide a time to suit you. Please note that as the bookings increase the available times and dates reduce. Bookings     will close when all the seats are allocated.

The cost?

    £3.00 per person, children under one are free.

What's involved?

    A train ride followed by a visit to see Santa in his grotto. Children up to age nine receive a token gift. You are then returned to the station.

Who can come?

    Everyone, grandparents and family members and all those young at heart who enjoy a treat!

What if the weather is bad?

    We endeavour to operate whatever the weather - so please wrap up warmly and keep dry to enjoy the event.

Can we take pictures?

    Please do! We want your visit to Santa to be a great start to a Happy Christmas!

What next?


Please note this may be the final Santa Special event we are able to operate.

Thank you for supporting this event.

You will be given a receipt and copy of the time and date of your visit. Please bring this with you on the Santa Special day.

Queries re your booking, such as time change or date, can only be dealt with at Royden Park in person on any following Sunday.

WMES really appreciate your support for this event. Along with the members subscriptions the income provides for the rent, insurance, fuel and maintenance of our rolling stock.

We are also able to fund refurbishment of the miniature railways. Thank you.

Please Note
The Rangers based at Royden Park are unable to provide any information with regard to Railway Operation, Santa Specials or or other events arranged by Wirral Model Engineering Society.

There is no telephone contact for the Society at the Park.

The Society can be contacted via email, letter or directly in person on most Sundays at Royden Park.

Public Events

Track events at the Sidings.

The Society offers 3½", 5" & 7¼" (for scale 7¼" gauge locomotives that are not too large) gauge raised tracks plus a ground level 7¼" gauge ground level track. There are facilities for the operation of traction engines and steam wagons.
Both tracks have lifting facilities to facilitate the unloading and loading of locomotives. There are ample steaming bays and coal etc. will be provided.
For steam engines please bring appropriate boiler certificates and proof of PL insurance.
Directions to find us are here and if further information is required please contact our Webmaster.

Are you open this weekend?

This is the commonest question I get asked via the website. Also a frequent comment at the railway, ' Your website does not say if you are operating'!
We run the Ground Level Track every Sunday & Bank Holiday throughout the year from 1pm to 3.30pm.
The Raised Level Track normally operates every Sunday from Easter to the end of October. However, recently volunteers have manned this track during the winter months.
Many of our visitors to Royden Park use the site for information.
We have always stated 'weather and staff permitting'. This should be self evident.
We can never be certain that sufficient volunteers will arrive on any particular Sunday. However, our enthusiastic members nearly always turn up every weekend whatever the weather.
We can never be certain about the weather, this being England. Rain will stop us operating as the equipment would get too wet.
So, "If it is raining the railways will not be operating".
The railways are operated by volunteers who freely provide their services. All members are volunteers and do not receive any payments.
The railways are not commercial enterprises and we hope you enjoy them as much as the members do.'