As 16mm modellers we are used to building our lines in the great outdoors, but generally speaking the advice is to keep the trackbed as level as possible, and rarely does the length of line equate to many real world miles, cue former Royal Signals engineer Dick Strawbridge, with Claire Barratt, Hadrian Spooner and an army of volunteers recruited by the TV company Love Productions, to build the World’s longest model railway, from Fort William to Inverness along the Great Glen in Scotland.
Filmed during June 2017, the series “Britain’s Biggest Little Railway” aired on Channel 4 during January and February 2018, and we are delighted to have the star of the show – the Roundhouse “Silver Lady” on display along with some examples of the track used, and an exhibition of behind the scenes photographs. Some of the volunteers who built the line will also be on hand to talk about the experience.
The static display will be in the centre of the Main Hall between the Information Point and Video Theatre. Depending on availability of track time we may also steam Silver Lady on the Modular Layout at some point during the show.