Useful Information

Your Journey

We officially start running at 12 noon, however some crews will start a little earlier if everything is fully ready. Signs are placed at both Cat Nab and Forest Halt stations which state "Trains Running Today". If these signs are not out then you can assume that the days programme has been delayed or cancelled. This is mainly due to poor track conditions during or after inclement weather which makes operating the railway difficult. 

Fares are only payable at our Ticket Office at Cat Nab station which is located next to the seafront car park. If you board the train at Forest Halt in the woods,then you will need to pay at Cat Nab on completion of your journey.   We accept card payments.

The length of the track is about 1km so allow around 15 - 20 minutes for the return journey. Trains are operated on an "as and when" basis and not to a strict timetable so some flexibility is required by passengers especially when our steam loco is in use.

Two wheelchairs can fit in our modified carriages but they can also be left securely at the Ticket Office if there is no room on board the train. If you need any help then please just ask a member of the Train Crew who are there to help you enjoy your journey.

Please refer to the Conditions of Travel section as it contains important safety information.
 Please avoid parking at our entrance gate as access is required at all times for Emergency Vehicles if there is an incident in the Valley Gardens.

Adult Single - Price £1.50

Allows 1 adult one way travel, between our 2 stations.

Child Single - Price £0.50

Allows 1 child one way travel, between our 2 stations.

Adult Return - Price £2.00

Allows 1 adult to travel both ways, between stations.

Child Return - Price £1.00

Allows 1 child to travel both way, between stations.

Family Day Ticket - £10.00

Allows 5 people, 6 single journeys (or 3 returns)
Free Tickets (Under 5's)
  • Dogs, prams and pushchairs. Sorry we have no room for bikes. Disabled persons travel in the special compartments marked with the blue logo.



Conditions of Travel

Carriage Safety

All passengers and their children must sit down on the seat provided in the carriage, and not attempt to lean out or to open the doors while the train is in motion. We strongly recommend holding on to small children and telling them to keep their hands inside the carriage at all times.

Carriages have a height restriction and all passengers must take care when entering and leaving the carriage.

Doors must not be opened while the train is in motion or when stopped between platforms unless instructed by the Guard who is the person in charge of the train. Do not attempt to leave the train until it has come to a complete stand at the platform.

Wheelchairs, Prams and Pushchairs

Modified compartments are available for these and passengers must satisfy themselves that they are suitable for use. Brakes must be applied if they are to remain occupied. SMR Ltd. volunteers are available to help any customer gain access to the train if required. Disabled passengers are advised to board the train at Cat Nab Station for ease of access to the platform.


Dogs are allowed on the train and should always be kept on a lead. We recommend holding on to the collar to prevent the pet from jumping out of the carriage.

Family Tickets

May be used up to 5 people travelling together including Adults, Children and under 5's.
Children must be accompanied by an Adult.
Damaged/defaced or altered tickets will be deemed void.
This ticket is not transferable or refundable if only partly used
Sale and use of the Ticket is subject to these published Conditions of Travel.

Steam Locomotives

These produce water vapour, smoke, soot, hot cinders and sparks which may be blown by the wind into carriages and on to people waiting on platforms.

 Everyone must stand clear of the locomotive and parents must keep their small children away from these locomotives as they are extremely hot.


In the unlikely event of an incident, passengers must follow the Guard's instructions.

By travelling on this Miniature Railway, you agree to abide by these Conditions of Travel