VIDEO: Hundreds ride new Burnley park railway

It was full steam ahead for a new miniature railway extension in a popular Burnley park.

The Thompson Park Miniature Railway held the grand opening of a new section of track which has doubled the length of the long-running line.

MILBURN LOOP: Families enjoy the newly extended miniature railway in Thompson Park, Burnley.'Photo Ben Parsons

MILBURN LOOP: Families enjoy the newly extended miniature railway in Thompson Park, Burnley.'Photo Ben Parsons

Scores of fun-seekers enjoyed a Bank Holiday trip, in glorious sunshine, on the railway which now boasts a ride time of nearly eight minutes.

The new “Millburn Loop”, named after the late Joe Millburn who helped found the railway in 1996, was officially opened by his granddaughter Claire.

Mike Bailey, of Thompson Park Miniature Railway, said: “It was a fantastic day. It was a monumental moment for the railway. The opening had a really good turn out.

“We did several hundreds rides throughout the day and everyone really enjoyed it. We used the new wheelchair coaches for the first time which were funded by the National Lottery.”

Work was carried out with the help of veterans from charity SALUTE, which meant the new line has opened a full year early.

Mr Bailey said: “Work has taken 12 months to build the extension which has doubled the length of the track and now every ride is around eight minutes.“It would have taken two years without help from SALUTE who came down and did all the groundwork.”