Welcome to the  New Station page of the

FSMR website


 This page has been created to follow the construction and opening by Dr Pete Waterman OBE in October 2008 of the new station building and acknowledge the companies that have kindly donated materials

The Railway  used a converted shed since reopening in 1995, as a souvenir and gift shop/ café but its suitability became an issue due to fatigue etc and also aesthetics!!!

It was therefore decided to construct a purpose built building;

 plans were drawn up and submitted for planning approval, which were passed. Construction began in autumn 2005 and was fully completed by end of spring 2009

It also involved replacing the rusted platform canopy covering roof sheeting, and painting and replacing the supporting RSJ,s at the same time extending out over the link line to provide better passenger protection, while also giving stables locos on the link line, shelter.

 (It has also been found to provide an ideal covered barbeque location for summer weekends)


The new building is of brick and stone, with slate roof and is loosely based on Settle station of the Midland railways famous     S and C route in the North Yorkshire Pennines.


Below is a plan drawing of the finished building,




During Mid September 2005, the SMR’s building contractor commences the start of foundation construction of the new station. The footings have been marked out, and hardcore from the old timber building base removed to subsoil level.

Note the cream and crimson building to the right is the historic donated original Sutton Miniature Railway ticket office





The foundations are then excavated ready for the concrete footings and once these have been completed, it is then handed over to the FSMR team for the main building work to commence

 Things slowed a bit in 2006 awaiting all the materials including door frames and windows to arrive on site, but work then started at pace over New Year 2007 with one of the FSMR members, a tradesman builder leading the bricklaying team



Foundations  and floor in place awaiting materials to arrive for the next phase



This picture  were taken in March 2007 as the external brick walls and stone detailing are laid by FSMR members station build project team

At this point, the old canopy roof was still in place but was removed in May 2007 to allow the final brick courses to be built to roof height. All this cladding and roofing was renewed and profiled into the new structure as part of the project producing a weather proof covering for the platforms





Taken in Mid Feb 2008, the roof structure is now taking shape ready for felting and then the slates to be laid

The distinct Midland railway S and C route stone detailing is evident on the corners here




During the first May BH weekend 2008, the roofers moved in and put the slate roof on




By July 2008, our resident electricians completed the internal wiring and the walls and ceilings were plastered. External doors fitted, and floor screed and internal fitting still to complete



At the same time, FSMR members removed the remaining track canopy sheeting in order to allow refurbishment and lifting of the RSJ supports in preparation for the new steel sheeting.

The extended RSJ support cross beams can be seen from this shot, which will now provide coverage of the link line for spare locos, and also to weatherproof the canopy sides for passengers




The station was almost completed by October 2008 apart from some of the canopy side cladding and kitchen fitting out, and was officially opened at a private event in front of invited guests by Dr Pete Waterman OBE when the new East African loco was also unveiled


A cast plate was commissioned to commemorate the event




The SMR owner and president of the FSMR, Lady Gretton with Pete Waterman opening the new station and celebrate 50 years of the SMR in 2008





The new station building at its unveiling, complete with Lady Gretton’s station Totem inside from the closed Gretton station on the midland line from Corby to Manton




By summer 2010 the re-roofing of the canopy was complete finishing off the station building nicely




The majority of the materials have been donated by various companies, for which the whole FSMR are indebted

The companies that have donated towards the station are:

Marley Eternit

Supplier of new Station roofing slates



Supplier steel sheeting work for the station canopy renewal


Ibstock Brick

Supplier of the new station bricks


Tarmac Topfloor

Supplier of the fast flooring “beam and block” solution for the new station


H&H Celcon

Supplier of insulated blocks for the new station internal walls



Wickes home improvement centres


Nottingham store supplied discounted kitchen units and worktops for the station