Dragon Miniature Railway

Marple Garden Centre, Marple, UK

Steam Locomotives

The ultimate stars of the DMR, our oldest locomotive dates from 1978. They are real, coal-fired steam engines, the smell of burning coal and hot oil providing an added dimension to the atmosphere of the railway. Do contact us if you wish to know which engine(s) will be in use on your visit.


Princess was built by Edgerton/Horsfield in 1989 to Roger Marsh's Tinkerbell design. The loco is an 0-4-2 tank engine with a marine boiler with slide valves actuated by modified Heywood valve gear, The design of the loco was to be a large scale model which the driver sits in rather than behind on a tender, Princess started life at the Manor park railway in Glossop she was then sold and moved to Brookside Miniature Railway in Poynton where it would see extensive use and join its current shed mates. In 1999 the loco moved again and was brought to the DMR where the loco see's regular use. Due to the challenges of firing a marine boiler Princess is the first steam locomotive new steam drivers are trained on.

Loco Profile:-  Princess   No.1   Bulit By Egerton and Horsfield 1989  Class: 0-4-2T   Tinkerbell



Danny was built by D&G Sims in 1992 to Roger Marshes Thomas II design. Danny is an 0-4-2 tender engine with slide valves actuated by Walschaerts valve gear, Danny started life at the Ruswarp Miniature Railway in Whitby North Yorkshire, Danny was placed up for sale in 2013 along with its shed mate Emily a heavily modified Tinkerbell which now runs at the Pugneys light Railway in Wakefield. Danny was purchased and arrived at DMR in 2014 in a very used state and needed reworking before it could enter service, engineer's Stuart Cameron and Brian Lomas with help from other volunteers at the railway started the restoration process which required a rebuild from the chassis up. Danny entered service in 2015 and see's regular use alongside Princess.


Goliath was built by Ronald Kay in 1979. The loco is based on the early George England Ffestiniog engines.  The original loco's have been extensively modified over the years changing them from Pannier tank engines to Saddle tank engines like Prince that runs at the Ffestiniog Railway, Goliath is a 0-4-0 Tank engine with driving tender and is one of DMR's smaller steam loco's although has roughly the same power output as the Tinkerbell's.

(OUT OF USE - Restoration in progress)


Jack is one of DMR's privately owned steam locomotives, being completed in 2001. She is a 5" scale model of an 18-inch gauge locomotive built by Hunslet in 1897 for Mount Pleasant clay works. Jack was joined by Gwen in 1920, and was withdrawn in 1958. The prototype is preserved at the Leeds Industrial Museum.

The model was based at Millerbeck in Cumbria from new until October 2006 when it was moved to DMR.

 Loco Profile:- Jack    No.1  Bulit by P. Frank 2001  Class 0-4-0WT+T  Mount Pleasant Hunslet


Lady Pauline

Lady Pauline was built by Alwyn Kay in 1982, to Roger Marsh's Tinkerbell design. The loco is a 0-4-2 Tank engine with a marine boiler and slide valves actuated by modified Heywood valve gear, however unlike the original design the loco features a full cab, Lady Pauline like Princess started life at the Manor Park Railway in Glossop. The loco then moved to Brookside Miniature Railway where the loco would see extensive use and join it's current shed mates, in 1999 the loco moved to the DMR with Princess.

Loco Profile:- Lady Pauline  No.3    Bulit By A. Kay 1982  Class 0-4-2T   Tinkerbell

(OUT OF SERVICE - Major Overhaul Required) 


Marcus was built by Alwyn Kay in 1978, The loco is a 0-4-0 tank engine with driving tender with slide valves actuated by Stephensons internal valve gear and is a 4 inch scale model of the narrow gauge Alice class hunslets built by Hunslet Engine Company in Leed's. Marcus started life at Brookside Miniature Railway but did not see much use, the loco then moved to DMR in 1999 where the loco was still little used, The loco did appear in a local new's show in the 1980's and has even ran on a portable track along a platform at Manchester Victoria station.