Virtual Belle Vue




The Miniature Railway locomotive, “Prince of Wales”, 25th September 1966 - not thought to be at Belle Vue


Date stamped on the back with the copyright notice. This is thought to be taken at Battersea Park. A few of the items in our Belle Vue collection come from collections assembled by former managers, who also had responsibilities for other sites operated by the same company.


Amusement parks+Railroads, Miniature


Copland, J., Bradford




Belle Vue Gardens. Brian Selby Collection


Chetham's Library, Manchester


© J. Copland, Bradford /All Rights Reserved


Selby Collection (473)

Original Format

Photographic print


Copland, J., Bradford, “The Miniature Railway locomotive, “Prince of Wales”, 25th September 1966 - not thought to be at Belle Vue,” Virtual Belle Vue, accessed July 16, 2020,


Jon C

This photo does not appear to be at Belle Vue as this locomotive, built by Harry Barlow of Southport Lakeside Miniature Railway did not run at Belle Vue.  The background looks more reminiscent of Battersea Park in London which also used locomotives built by Harry barlow and was part of the Trust House Forte empire.


geoff wright

Hi Guys. Did you ever find confirmation about the 'Belle Vue Gardens' Vs Battersea query. I do suspect the latter! I am compiling a history of the Southport Miniature Railway and Harry Barlow, so if anyone has any details or pics of him or his locomotives, I would be grateful if you point me that direction. Many thanks in advance! Geoff Wright,


Super User

Thanks Jon - this does look a bit green and foresty to be Belle Vue. We'll be seeing the owner of the original before long, and we'll confer with him about it too. I'll read up on Harry Barlow, his locos evidently went far and wide. It may well make sense that another Trust House Forte owned organisation's pictures have got mixed in with Belle Vue ones. In the meantime, we'll leave all comments up for people to read.



We are 100% sure that this is not at Belle Vue so we have amended the photo caption accordingly. Would still like to know whether this is taken at Battersea Park or not. We will keep the photo in the Belle Vue collection as Battersea was operated by an associated company of Belle Vue. Photo caption will be further updated as and when any further information comes to light.


Allan Henderson

It looks very much like the woodland station on the Saltburn Miniature Railway.


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