Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Model Rail Plans On Track -

Around 100 peo­ple viewed the AIMREC plans for the model rail­way mu­seum in its first four hours on Satur­day.

Two visi­tors were Hugh and Re­becca Nightin­gale, of Manor House Drive, Park Farm, who are both vol­un­teers with the Kent and East Sus­sex Rail­way in Ten­ter­den.

Mrs Nightin­gale, 39, said: “The plans are ab­so­lutely ex­cel­lent. It‘s go­ing to be very ed­u­ca­tional. It’s also good to show the younger gen­er­a­tion how rail­ways used to be and how they can be in the fu­ture.”

Mr Nightin­gale, 55, said: “I think this is go­ing to be an im­por­tant as­set to the town. It’s go­ing to re­ally give peo­ple another fo­cus and rea­son to come to the town.

“Some­thing is needed to help re­gen­er­ate the town cen­tre, and hope­fully this will be some­where where peo­ple can come for half a day or a day, out per­haps com­bin­ing it with the Out­let Cen­tre next door.

“It should give the town more fo­cus, which it has re­ally lacked in re­cent years.”

AIMREC chief ex­ec­u­tive Cliff Par­sons said: “We have had very pos­i­tive feed­back. We’ve had many visi­tors from the res­i­dents of the New­town area who this could pos­si­bly af­fect.

To date they’ve been very pos­i­tive about the whole thing and about the prospect of work and bring­ing in a lot of money into the area.

“One per­son was con­cerned about the state of park­ing be­cause of the Out­let and dur­ing the week with the Javelin train ser­vices to Lon­don.

“They feel that they are get­ting an over­spill al­ready from peo­ple park­ing in the side streets of New­town.”

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the planned new model rail­way mu­seum


Hugh and Re­becca Nightin­gale at the ex­hi­bi­tion

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