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Andy swaps big'uns for littl'uns...

Andy swaps big'uns for littl'uns...

 

Severn Valley Railway engine driver Andy Christie has been working with steam engines of all sizes since the age of 14. 

Andy has a very creative flair and over the years has built many things from Thomas the tank Engine faces, stages for music concerts and even a roof for a water pump house.

Now he has another string in his bow as last June, he helped build 'the biggest model railway ever constructed' for a Channel 4 TV show. Andy impressed judges with his design and construction skills when he auditioned for the Love Productions project in Scotland.

He helped dozens of volunteers lay a 32mm gauge railway made from plastic on a 74 mile route from Corpach to Inverness Castle along the route of the Great Glen Way. Other tasks included building 60 metre viaduct across a weir using Plywood near the stunning location of Bridge of Oich. Another task was building an American Railroad-themed trestle bridge across a stream near Fort Augustus.

During the second week of filming, Andy was asked to help drive the steam engine as progress of the 'Roundhouse' manufactured loco was being slow and there was huge doubt that 'Silver Lady' would make it to Inverness.

"Taking part in the Biggest Little Railway in the World has been an amazing experience," he said. "How many people can say they've driven a steam engine along parts of the Great Glen? "I am proud to have used some of the skills I learned on the Severn Valley Railway to help that little steam engine get to it's destination."

The Biggest Little Railway in the World starts Sunday 7th January 8pm on Channel 4 (5 episodes).

 


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