When did the miniature railway close? I have a memory of walking along the prom (somewhere between Vale Park and the pier) and seeing a (red?) train of some sort high up, passing through some bushes or trees. Could be a false memory. I'm guessing early/mid 70s, no later.
The miniature railway, which was owned by Tommy Mann, was officially called the 'Fairy Glen Miniature Railway'. He bought the 18inch gauge track, locomotive and rolling stock from Commander Parsons who had operated it at Jaywick, near Clacton, and it was installed and opened in the tower grounds for the 1948 season.
The line closed at the end of the 1965 season, some of the equipment including the three passenger carriages, was bought by the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway. In 1978 the carriages found their way to the Narrow Gauge Railway Centre at Blaneay Ffestiniog. Two of the carriages were stored outside and deteriorated badly.
The remaining equipment, including one of the locomotives, remained at New Brighton until 1968 when it was bought and moved to the Bromyard & Linton light railway in Herefordshire.