RAILWAY enthusiasts are planning to go full steam ahead for charity when they embark on a journey into the past next Saturday.
Members of the Wrexham Society of Model Engineers will climb aboard a 1/12th scale model steam locomotive to raise money for Nightingale House Hospice in Wrexham.
Society member Dave Wilson and his friends will recreate the journey of the Irish Mail - the first named train to run in Britain during the 19th Century - at the Pant-yr-Ochain Hotel in Gres-ford on Saturday, June 5.
In its heyday, the Irish Mail ran the 263-mile trip from Holyhead to London Euston picking up bags of mail in Chester and Crewe.
And society members have constructed an exact model replica of the journey, complete with authentic railway signs, scenery and stops.
Last year, the same members of the club re-enacted the journey from 'Holyhead' to 'London' and raised £765 for the hospice.
This year, the train will leave 'Euston' at noon and, after brief stops at 'Rugby', 'Crewe' and 'Chester', will arrive at 'Holyhead' - exactly as the Irish Mail did almost a century ago.
Dave, who has been a member of the society for more than 20 years, said: 'Last year, two 1/12 scale steam locomotives were used, this year the challenge is to complete the run with only one steam locomotive.
'A feature of the Irish Mail was the collection and dropping off of mail whilst on the move. This will be reenacted during the journey at the relevant points making this Britain's only travelling post office.
'Last year we raised £765 for Nightingale House which was fantastic, but this year we hope to beat that. Everybody is welcome to come and watch us. It's going to be a great day,'
For further details, or to make a donation to Nightingale House, contact Dave Wilson on 01978 750434.