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A LEGO Ade­lante.

the next gen­er­a­tion of rail en­gi­neers is a chal­lenge much of the rail in­dus­try is try­ing to tackle.

Open ac­cess op­er­a­tor Grand Cen­tral has found a novel way to en­cour­age young­sters into train build­ing - through The Grand Build project, in which 60 West York­shire chil­dren be­tween the ages of five and 13 took part in build­ing a 1:10 scale model of an Ade­lante.

The chil­dren joined LEGO ar­chi­tect Brick­This rep­re­sen­ta­tive Steve Mayes to build the four-me­tre-long, 30cm-high model from around 30,000 LEGO bricks.

Fam­i­lies lo­cal to Eu­reka! The Na­tional Chil­dren’s Mu­seum in Hal­i­fax could ap­ply for tick­ets to the event, which took place dur­ing the re­cent school hol­i­days, via Grand Cen­tral’s so­cial me­dia cam­paign.

Even bet­ter, the build took place in the Con­ser­va­tory within the grounds of the mu­seum, over­look­ing the rail­way. The ‘mas­ter builders’ as they were known, were able to watch real Ade­lantes out­side, while they built the scale model.

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