Abbotsfield Park in Flixton looks at first sight like any other small park. It’s a recreation ground the size of a couple of football pitches, with a small children’s play area.
However, just as you’re crossing the bridge to the entrance, you’re drawn to a plume of steam coming towards you at some speed. This is the Abbotsfield Park Miniature Railway, and miniature is the word. It’s the smallest locomotive you’ve ever seen outside of a domestic train set. Our son watched, rapt, as this tiny engine thundered past with half-a-dozen people in tow. He couldn’t wait to get on and do a couple of circuits of the park himself.
Arriving at the station, we discovered it was the HQ of the Urmston and District Model Engineering Society. This little railway is an absolute labour of love. It’s been staffed by club members bringing delight to children since the late 1940s and is a local treasure. One to warm your heart.
Weather permitting, trains run Sundays and Bank Holidays 10am-4pm. Rides are 30p per person.
Abbotsfield Park and Urmston & District Model
Engineering Society, Chassen Road, Flixton M41 5DH