The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and Dundee)
“Your recent article about the beach model railway at Carnoustie interested me in that my father, Harry Ferguson, owned and operated it,” emails Betty Mills of Kirriemuir.
“Model engineering was his hobby and the Council thought a model railway would be an asset for the holidays. The ‘wee railway’, as it was called, opened on May 12 1937 – Coronation Day – and we named the engine Coronation. She looked splendid decked out in red, white and blue ribbons and mini Union Jacks.
“Your correspondent, Mabel Taylor, is quite correct with the dates as the railway closed at the end of August 1939 during those dark days just before war was declared.
“The lad sitting on the tender was, I think, Andrew and the younger boy at the right is my cousin Syd Drever, two of the many boys who wanted to help. My father often allowed youngsters to sit on the tender for a photo, but never to drive the train.
“Coronation was built by Louis Shaw and is still running at the Great Cock-crow Railway in Chertsey, Surrey. Her original livery was the maroon of LMS but since then her name has been changed and is now Eureka and her livery is now the green of LNER. There is a detailed story about the beach model railway by Peter James in the May 1990 edition of The Scots Magazine. Eureka is now more than 90 years old and still puffing away. I hope she makes her 100th birthday!”