Model train challenge in TV spotlight
WORK on a Channel 4 programme taking a model train from Fort William to Inverness will begin later this month. Makers of the Great British Bake Off and the Great British
Sewing Bee, Love Productions, will be retracing the steps of the Victorians and attempting to finish what they never could – a train from Fort William to the Highland capital.
Producer Charlotte Armstrong said: ‘ We decided to shine a light on a hobby time forgot – model railways. This is probably the biggest project we’ve worked on.’
Fifty-six people are scheduled to take part in The Biggest
Little Railway in the World with programme-makers on the lookout for Lochaber volunteers to help at short notice.
Ms Armstrong said: ‘We have five groups of 10 to 12 people. Each group will be laying sections of the track and will live in campsites along the route.
‘The teams are made up of railway enthusiasts, engineers and adventurous souls, between the ages of 18 and 72. No doubt they will encounter challenges with the landscape and the programme will focus on how they cope with these, should it be hills or building bridges. We might need a helping hand because we only have two weeks to complete the project.’