26 October 2021
After seven years of construction and boasting the title of Britain's biggest model railway, the giant 200ft-long model is set to appear in Wakefield this December.
'Heaton Lodge Junction' O gauge layout is to go on display in Wakefield's WX (Former Market Hall) centre. Masterminded by its owner, Simon George, and featured in our January 2017 issue of BRM, the model is popular for its attention to detail, exquisite realism and epic proportions. With over three miles of track, the realistic model railway is the largest in Britain and took over seven years to build. With sound and automatic operation, the display is a treat for trainspotters and miniature lovers alike.
The layout is to be exhibited between Saturday, December 4 and Sunday, December 19 between 10.00 and 16.00, with a payable entrance fee. Up to 30 full-length O gauge trains are to appear in action on the detailed 180ft slice of 1980s West Yorkshire.
The attraction is set to raise the profile of the hobby, with a long-term plan for it to tour UK towns and cities as a unique mobile visitor attraction. For more details, including ticket pricing and venue location, visit the Experience Wakefield website.
BRM visited the layout in January 2017 to delve into the history of the project and interview its owner and builder. You can buy the issue as a digital download here.