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North Down Borough Council - Northern Ireland

North Down Borough Council - Northern Ireland

 In 2007 Cromar White were approached by the North Down Borough Council (NDBC) in Northern Ireland to re-furbish the once proud Pickie Puffer track, locomotive and rolling stock, within Pickie Park, Bangor 

Following consultation with Cromar White, the council decided to refurbish the track in 2007 and look to refurbish/replace the rolling stock in 2008.

The track had been prey to vandalism, and NDBC wanted the new track to be as vandal proof as possible. •

Cromar White were invited to tender for the work, which was performed during the summer of 2007.

Following the track refurbishment, Cromar White leased NDBC a locomotive to see them through the Summer season.

From the North Down Borough Council Website

01 April 2008

North Down Borough Council this week officially unveiled the new and improved Pickie Puffer train at Pickie Family Fun Park in Bangor. The new train looks and sounds like the original Puffer (which had operated at the Park since it opened) but is a more modern design and now includes a wheelchair accessible coach.

The new train and coaches were supplied by Cromar White Railways in Wales.

Commenting on the new addition to the Park's facilities Mayor of North Down, Councillor Dr Stephen Farry MLA, said: "The Pickie Puffer has always been a popular attraction at Pickie Family Fun Park but the original train, purchased by Council in 1992, had suffered significant wear and tear. The track was also in need of repair. Last year, for health and safety as well as aesthetic reasons, Council commissioned work on the track and decided to replace the train and the new Pickie Puffer arrived with us shortly before Easter. With the benefit of a wheelchair accessible coach we are confident it will be a great addition to the 2008 Summer Season."

 Since the launch in March 2008, Pickie Puffer has exceeded all expectations and transported well in excess of 2,000 people a week during the peak season.

Following the success of the track refurbishment in 2007, Cromar White were invited to tender for the replacement of the Pickie Puffer locomotive and coaches which had to include a disabled coach. The project needed to be installed and running for the well publicised launch on March 17th 2008, St Patricks Day.

The project for the North Down County Council was delivered on time and running on March 17th.

Further work as been carried out during the 2011/2012 refurbishment of Pickie Fun Park this includes addition of roofs to the sit astride coaches and an automtic crossing point for public acsses to the childrens play area.