Sunday, July 29, 2012

UK: Children on right track with model rail layout

From This is Kent:  Children on right track with model rail layout

PUPILS at a Tonbridge primary school went full steam ahead in a bid to create the best model railway layout in Kent.

Years 5 and 6 children from Long Mead Community Primary School travelled to County Hall in Maidstone on July 16 to represent their borough after winning the Tonbridge and Malling heat of a competition run by Kent County Council and Hornby.

The youngsters' creation, a 2m by 0.75m cardboard representation of the end of a branch line, complete with sidings, light industry and agriculture, finally clinched fourth place among the 11 finalists.

Teacher Richard Palmer said building the layout had been an enjoyable exercise for the nine children involved, none of whom had ever played with model trains before.

Mr Palmer said: "They started the layout in February and worked on it every week.

"We all went into this not knowing anything about model trains, but we had a lot of support from members of the Tonbridge Model Railway Club who came down every week to help us, and the school caretaker.

"It was a real team effort."

The layout will go on display at a model railway exhibition at the Angel Centre, Tonbridge, in February.


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