Full steam ahead for woolly train

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.

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

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