28 April 2023
Model manufacturer to sponsor Pete Waterman and the Railnuts teams Making Tracks III layout, headed to Chester Cathedral this summer.
Accurascale is to sponsor 'Making Tracks III'. The exhibition layout is to be Pete Waterman and the Railnuts team's creation in the series, to be on display at Chester Cathedral from July 26 – September 2, 2023, and promising to be "bigger and better than ever before".
The all-new 64ft long layout is based on Milton Keynes station on the WCML, and will feature 18ft long platforms and bi-directional running lines, like the prototype.
Accurascale commented: "Such an ambitious project needs as much support as possible from the industry its designed to help, so [we've] jumped at the chance to support such an ambitious and captivating project.
'Making Tracks' started as a celebration of Thomas Brassey – a civil engineer responsible for building much of the world’s railways in the 19th century who has a dedicated chapel within Chester Cathedral. It aimed to raise funds for the upkeep of this beautiful cathedral and has successfully done so over the past two years. 'Making Tracks' was also aimed at bringing new people into the hobby and with around 50,000 visitors to the exhibition each year to date its proving to do just that.
Pete Waterman said “It’s very important with rising costs to have trade support – it shows us that the trade care about what we’re trying to achieve. Accurascale might be a new name in the model railway world, but they have achieved so much success in the past few years, so we are delighted to have them on board to help with 'Making Tracks III'.”
Stephen McCarron, Managing Director of Accurascale, is equally delighted about getting involved with 'Making Tracks III': “It’s an honour and a privilege to help raise money for such a worthy cause, bring an ambitious project to thousands of people who can be inspired by the efforts of the 'Making Tracks' team, and it is particularly exciting to see our own models at work on this astounding layout. Once we were able to get involved, we jumped at the chance and we can’t wait to see it in its completed state this summer."
"All are welcome and you may even get to have a go!" added the team – look out for updates on the Railnuts and Accurascale social media pages.