Gateshead model maker creates his own Metro train out of Meccano

A singular Tyne and Wear Metro train has been recreated in Meccano thanks to 1 man’s labour of love.

It was constructed by professional model maker John Herdman from Whickham in Gateshead.

John, 70, spent three months assembling the two.5 metre reproduction in Meccano – the enduring development package that has impressed model makers internationally for greater than 100 years.

It was constructed utilizing scores of particular person items of commonplace Meccano elements.

It runs on its own monitor and will be managed remotely. The inside is even fitted with seats, handrails and different options.

John, who’s chairman of the North Eastern Meccano Society, mentioned: “Meccano is an actual labour love for me, so I used to be more than pleased to tackle the problem of recreating the brand new Metro train.

“I’ve been in love with Meccano because the age of 5. It’s a improbable factor for all ages and generations to be artistic with. It’s an amazing British icon.

“I wrote to (Metro operator) Nexus to ask about placing this collectively and so they then put me in touch with Stadler, the train builders, who despatched me some dimensions.

“I used to be additionally in a position to get an excellent information of what I wanted to do from the assorted artists photos of what the brand new Metros are going to appear like.

John Herdman with his Metro train model and Michael Steiner, Deputy Programme Director at Stadler

“It took me three months to construct it. I’m actually happy with the result.

“I’ve made Meccano fashions of the present Metro trains earlier than, so this was the following step and it was an thrilling undertaking, given we’re all actually wanting ahead to seeing the precise new Metro carriages subsequent 12 months.

“The purpose is to get the model on show for a couple of days at Beamish open air museum and on the Locomotion railway museum at Shildon as soon as lockdown measures enable.”

John added: “Making model railways is an enormous half of what I love to do as half of my passion. I’ve had a Meccano set because the age of 5 and it simply went from there.

“The wonderful thing about Meccano is that it is recyclable. You can construct a model however you do not then should throw it away, you may take it to bits and make one thing else.

“I’ve constructed up an enormous assortment of Meccano elements through the years and in 1996 I received concerned with the North Eastern Meccano Society. Before lockdown we might go throughout showcasing our fashions and other people love them, whether or not they’re younger or old.”

Metro improvement director, Neil Blagburn, mentioned: “It’s improbable that our new Metro fleet undertaking is inspiring folks.

“John’s finished a fully sensible job in making a model of the brand new train utilizing Meccano. He’s been a buddy of Metro for a few years and has wowed guests with his model making at earlier depot open days that we held in 2010 and in 2005.

“It’s nice to see the completed piece and it is actually instructional for younger folks, who could also be taking a look at careers in engineering.

“It actually whets the urge for food for the precise new Metro trains which are not too distant now, with manufacturing commencing in a couple of months’ time.”

The new Metro trains, that are being made by the Swiss train builder Stadler, are set to enter passenger service in 2023, delivering a step-change in high quality and reliability for passengers.

Stadler, the Swiss train producer, is constructing a complete of 42 new Metro trains for Nexus.



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