The Member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson has praised one of Tamworth’s hidden gems, the Tamworth and District Model Engineers [TDME] miniature railway at the Botanical Gardens at the top end of Piper Street.

Mr Anderson met with volunteers from the TDME to discuss avenues for funding to help the miniature railway park continue to grow.

“This is a fantastic facility that continues to attract more and more people every weekend, with kids as well as adults enjoying the rides. It looks and feels like a real railway station, complete with tunnels and bridges including different locomotives as well as a steam engine locomotive. 

“Just last weekend they had about 700 children riding on the model trains. The track has a 1.2 kilometre circuit and the trains run for almost eight minutes, so there is a big involvement for families and the volunteers,” he said.

“Not only does the miniature railway offer so much to young children from right around the area, it also offers a purpose and an avenue for the many skilled and practical volunteers who offer their time with the project. 

TDME Past President, David Scott said as well as continually upgrading the facility, a new toilet block was high on the list of priorities as more and more families enjoyed the highlights the miniature railway offered.

“We are hoping that a current grant application will be successful and the new amenities can be constructed,” Mr Scott.

Mr Anderson said further funding opportunities should be offered within the 2018 Community Building Partnership Program, which is expected to open in May. 

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