Miniature Railway Learning Centre

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Miniature Railway Learning Centre

Miniature Railway Learning Centre

The Branch Line By The Branch Line

To build and open to the public a dedicated Learning Centre in Beech Hurst Gardens, Haywards Heath, where people of all ages, can learn about miniature passenger carrying steam engines.

Haywards Heath Idea stage

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Miniature passenger carrying steam locomotives are a major attraction in places like Beech Hurst Gardens. However, we need to ensure the heritage of operating steam locomotives by bringing more people of all ages into the railway because they are run mainly by an ageing community. We intend to build a dedicated Learning Centre where people can enjoy an environment of fun and enjoyment but most importantly a place with many interesting and absorbing railway-related displays. Much emphasis will be on how steam engines work. There will be static, active and interactive displays with an emphasis on 'Hands-on' components and assemblies. The Centre will also attract other organisations to bring exhibits and will participate in external exhibitions and events.

What we'll deliver:

  • Create a sought-after miniature railway Learning Centre
  • Bring more people into the railway environment
  • Halt the decline in operational steam locomotives at Beech Hurst within 2 years of opening

Why it's a great idea:

At Beech Hurst, the miniature railway provides over 20,000 rides per annum. The operation of beautiful and fascinating steam locomotives is highly valued by the public. Twenty five years ago, virtually all trains were pulled by a steam locomotive but now it is typically only 50% and will decline even further if nothing is done. The problem, like in all Clubs and Societies operating miniature railways, is the ageing community operating these railways. New initiatives are required and the Learning Centre aims to address this problem. The idea came from a group of members of the society that operate the Beech Hurst railway. This group have come up with a range of new ideas to make the centre attractive and will be an example to other Clubs and Societies to follow.

Steps to get it done:

  • Completion of the building
  • Completion of display material
  • Opening the Learning Centre to the public


Location Haywards Heath

Haywards Heath has 28 other projects and £675,000 in potential grant funding

About the space

Beech Hurst Gardens. The Learning Centre will be attached to the existing Club House for the miniature railway.


Mid Sussex District Council

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How will the money be spent?Total £168,763

Building construction - £108,000 (64%)
Design and production of special display hardware - £24,000 (14%)
Legal fees - Lease - £9,000 (5%)
Special strong steel-top display benches and tables - £6,500 (4%)
Graphic display material - £3,000 (2%)
Architect fees - £2,000 (1%)
Other - £16,263 (10%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. Before entering fundraising these costs will be confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified by the verifier.

Building construction
Design and production of special display hardware
Legal fees - Lease
Special strong steel-top display benches and tables
Graphic display material
Architect fees
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT

Total £168,763

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