Full steam ahead for woolly train

PUBLISHED: 14:00 04 June 2011

Lindsay Beaton's model of the Flying Scotsman.

Lindsay Beaton's model of the Flying Scotsman.


An Exmouth grandmother has turned her knitting skills to railway modelling in a bid to treat her grandson.

Lindsay Beaton, 61, has entered a competition being run by the National Railway Museum in York to build a model of the Flying Scotsman.

The competition’s grand prize is a ride in the real Flying Scotsman, and Lindsay is hoping to win the ride for her 12-year-old grandson, who is railway-mad.

Lindsay, who lives in Masey Road, started with a cardboard tube, and knitted hersteam engine using a model from a train set for reference.

She said: “It took many hours of work, and a lot of trial and error- especially the wheels, which were 17 spokes each.

“The last week was a bit fraught to get it finished on time, but it will all be worth it if I can win the dream trip for my grandson.”

The model is currently on display at the museum for the public vote, and votes are also being collected by email.

To vote for Lindsay’s model, send an email voting for model 20 to scotsmanvoting@nrm.org.uk.

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