The grounds of PECO’s Head Office and factory on the hill overlooking Beer and Lyme Bay contain the celebrated PECORAMA gardens, Beer Heights Light Railway and indoor model railway layout exhibitions. This exhibition hosts a display of superbly crafted model railway layouts in all the many scales and gauges produced by the company.There is also a specialist Model Railway and Book Shop selling every thing a model railway enthusiast would want.
PECO Ltd has been the UK’s largest UK manufacturer of model railway tracks and accessories as well as the publisher of renowned model railway titles, including RAILWAY MODELLER and CONTINENTAL MODELLER magazines for over 60 years.
The company supplies products for Z gauge, N gauge, 00 gauge, H0 gauge, 0 gauge, Gauge 1, and narrow gauge products for N6.5/Nn3, OO9, H0m, O16.5, SM32 and G scale.
The primary product ranges are its track systems. Other product lines include Peco Trackside – building kits and scenic items in gauges O, OO and N – and a small range of rolling stock and locomotives, both kits and ready-to-run, for gauges N and OO9.
These beautiful gardens are a series of celestially themed garden rooms linked by scented walkways, special water features and stunning stonework
The various themes include a ruined tower upon which is set the Roof Garden.
In the Moat Garden waters drop down over granite boulders before flowing into the multi-coloured flowerbeds of the Rainbow Garden.
The Moon Garden is planted with silvery foliage and blue flowers contrasting with the neighbouring golden yellow, flower-filled Sun Garden.
Inside the gardens there is s 60 seat Lecture Theatre, the top of the theatre is designed to look like a ruined castle by way of a flat roof garden with a derelict moat surrounding part of it.
children’s play areas
There are two extensive outdoor children’s play areas, the first suitable for younger children whereas the second is an adventure playground suitable for older children.
New – the Pecorama Play Station
Beer Heights Light Railway.
Powered by miniature steam and diesel locomotives, this 7¼-inch narrow gauge railway carries passengers along a mile long route passing through cuttings and embankments as well as a long purpose built tunnel the route giving passengers wonderful views of the village of Beer and Lyme Bay.
B.H.L.R the finest 7¼ inch gauge railway in Britain first opened to the public on the 14 July 1975 and a ride on the railway offers wonderful views over Lyme Bay to distant Portland Bill.
The line is now one mile in length and includes a lengthy tunnel, bridges, passing loop, extensive sidings, one so steeply graded as to zigzag down to the “Beer Mine”, set in the hillside above Wild way Park, stock sheds, and a large well-equipped workshop.
The busiest week of the year for the Beer Heights Light Railway is PECO Loco Week, with the entire Peco Fleet of steam, diesel and battery powered locomotives in operation, assisted by guest loco’s running an intensive train service.