Model train chal­lenge in TV spot­light

The Oban Times - - News -

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.’

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