In 1952 the Chingford Festival had a special visitor arrive from out of town……

Chingford Day on Saturday July 12, 1952, was in its sixth year, attracting thousands of local people and a global entertainment megastar – Walt Disney.

Details of the visit can be found at

Walt Disney was visiting Britain when he learnt about Chingford’s model railway in Ridgeway Park. He was fascinated by trains and had constructed a 5,000 feet model railway track in his garden.

Want to ride Chingford’s model railway yourself?

There is a charge to ride the train, which give rides to members of the public on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday afternoons between April and the end of September from 2pm – 5:30pm. Details about the railway can be found at



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