Big crowds thrilled by special steam days

A miniaiture tank captivates spectators at the Stapleford Miniaiture Railway open weekend EMN-150209-120209001

A miniaiture tank captivates spectators at the Stapleford Miniaiture Railway open weekend EMN-150209-120209001

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Thousands of people headed for Stapleford Miniature Railway over the Bank Holiday weekend to enjoy rides on steam trains, displays of vintage vehicles and traction engines and plenty of family fun.

Crowds who attended on the Sunday had the added thrill of seeing a Spitfire as the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight took to the skies above them.

Full steam ahead for Geoff Cawthorne and his four-inch scale Garrett engine at the Stapleford Miniature Railway open weekend EMN-150209-120135001

Full steam ahead for Geoff Cawthorne and his four-inch scale Garrett engine at the Stapleford Miniature Railway open weekend EMN-150209-120135001

The event raised money for LOROS - the Leicestershire charity which provides hospice support for people over 16 and their families.

The railway’s events have now raised around £85,000 for the cause in the last 20 years.

Miniature railway spokesperson Nigel Spencer said: “If it hadn’t been for the rain I reckon we would have had a record crowd this weekend.

“Saturday was incredible and we were full throughout the day. We were still sending fairly full trains out late in the day on Monday.”

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Around 3,000 people attended over the weekend.

One of the highlights was a display by a working threshing machine.

Syston Scouts also caused a buzz with their re-enactment of a vintage Scout camp, their marching band performance and a thrilling ride around the venue playing their instruments while riding the miniature steam train.

Mr Spencer added: “We had people from far and wide as we always do.

“This is the second open weekend of the year and it’s as popular as ever.”