After recently being removed, the miniature railway park in Poole has been given council approval to get back up and running by the summer.
The miniature railway has been the flagship attraction in Poole Park for over 70 years but faced an uncertain future after Poole Borough Council told the owner, Chris Bullen, that he had to remove the train from its tracks by the end of March as his tenancy had ceased.
However, the council have now reversed their decision and said that they are committed to keeping the railway in the park and are now inviting operators to submit bids to operate and maintain the attraction; Mr Bullen, who has run the railway since 2004, will be one of the bidders. The new lease would be for seven years.
Mr Bullen put a Virgin Trains logo on the trains in an attempt to encourage Richard Branson to invest the required £68,000 needed to keep the railway running.
A Facebook page called Save Poole Park Railway has set up a crowdfunding page to raise £68,000, to cover Bullen’s plans to redesign the railway.
Earlier this month, dozens of people watched as Bullen had to remove the railway at the end of his lease.
The successful new operator will be able to change the features of the railway, including types of train and the size of the track.
More updates to follow.
By Charlotte Petty