Following last years successful event, Making Tracks 2 is returning to Chester Cathedral from the 18th July to the 3rd September. The 64ft by 12ft model railway display produced by Pete Waterman OBE and the Railnuts modelling team features a different section of the West Coast Main Line.
Last year’s event was notable for for being a a safe in person event in the middle of ongoing Covid restrictions. Lifelong railway enthusiast Pete Waterman commented: “Making Tracks 1 was so successful and broke all records at the Cathedral, so we asked the Dean if we could build another one.”
The event has been sponsored by independent business Chester Model Centre. Owner Paul Boylan has been heavily involved in bringing Making Tracks back to Chester, sourcing materials and building trees along scenery alongside Pete and his team. Said Paul : “Of course I want to promote our shop, but I also want to encourage people to take up a hobby. I see the joy hobbies bring to individuals, families and groups of friends. Some of my customers have been building model trains for 70+ years while others have only just begun. There’s no age limit to fun.”
This years event features new modules from Megapoints controllers, which will allow operators and visitors to continuously view the trains, including Pendolinos, container and parcel trains, across the full layout. New interactive elements have also been added to the display.
Pete and the team are currently installing the display which opens on Monday 18th July. Entry costs £2.50 per person and children age 5 and under are FREE.