Author of Peter's Railway
It gives me great pleasure to support the Downs Light Railway and its Centenary Development Programme. It is critical to engage young people in railways and STEM, and your Centenary Development Programme is a brilliant and unique scheme: It certainly needs to be fully funded.
Chris continues to inspire young children into the world of railways through his book series. We were grateful for Chris' involvement with raising the profile of our charity during our the 90th anniversary celebrations of the Downs Light Railway in 2017. The trustees and I are really pleased to receive further support and endorsement from Chris for our Centenary Programme. We hope to join forces with Train2Train, an initiative that Chris is also involved in.
- Chris Vine is the author of the Peter's Railway children's books, first produced in 2008.
- Chris Vine has a long standing involvement in miniature railways and model engineering. He received a gold medal at London's Model Engineering Exhibition in 2004.
- Chris Vine supported the Downs Light Railway Trust in 2017 by commemorating the 90th anniversary of the Downs Light Railway. With one of the DLR children he secured a set of golden fishplates to symbolise the completion of a four year restoration project.
- The Downs Light Railway Trust is a charitable trust, registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales. Registration number is 513882.
- The Downs Light Railway Trust's Centenary Development Programme aims to increase youth engagement in heritage railways, provide greater practical learning opportunities and strengthened community involvement. The programme hopes to realise these aims from 2025 when the Downs Light Railway is 100 years old.
- The Downs Light Railway was started by The Downs School (Colwall), now The Downs Malvern, in the early 1920s and was formally established in 1925. At over 96 years old, it stands to be the oldest private miniature railway worldwide.
- The Downs Light Railway educates on average 15 children on each session. These children are aged between 7 and 18 years old. Dedicated sessions are provided to local educational establishments. General youth activities are open to all children.