A TRAIN-MAD taxi driver has built a scale model of Chester Station and the North Wales railway in his back garden.
Train kit fan Mike Dunning, 48, of Bretton, near Broughton, is a black cab driver in Chester and has been building the model railway with his brother Steve for more than four years.
Mike said: “It’s probably a scale length of about two miles. We started this track in 2004. It’s loosely based on the North Wales coast line from Chester up to Llandudno Junction. It starts in my shed at Chester Station then goes down the garden.
“My brother Steve builds it all, he’s a very good artist.”
Working outside Chester’s 150-year-old station, which recently went under a £1.3m facelift, and a family history with the railway inspired the pair to build the model.
“Both my grandfathers worked on the lines. One was station master at Chester Northgate Station, which closed in 1969 and the other was a driver on the Great Western railway based at Chester,” said Mike, who lives with his wife Helen and 15-year-old daughter Laura.
The models are O gauge and much larger than popular toy trains Hornby.
Mike added: “They’re not cheap, they’re quite expensive for the coaches and trains.
“We usually have to go to exhibitions to get the stuff. I’m a member of a group called MIGO, I used to run the website for them but now they ask me to do the exhibitions.
“I’m organising a big exhibition at the moment. We are holding it in Saltney in June. We are looking for sponsorship.”
For more information, visit www.talacre.com or contact Mike on email@example.com.