Search

Labour of love: man builds amazing 34ft model of Suffolk railway station

PUBLISHED: 15:52 16 March 2020

Nigel Locke's impressive model of the 1960s Long Melford train station has taken him 10 years to build.  Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Nigel Locke's impressive model of the 1960s Long Melford train station has taken him 10 years to build. Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Charlotte Bond

A 34ft model of a Suffolk railway station is now complete after ten years in the making.

Nigel Locke's impressive model of the 1960s Long Melford train station has taken him 10 years to build. Picture: CHARLOTTE BONDNigel Locke's impressive model of the 1960s Long Melford train station has taken him 10 years to build. Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Nigel Locke, from Ipswich, began building the model - which includes a working signal box - of Long Melford railway station in March 2010, having spent 45 years living in Sudbury.

Mr Locke was inspired to build the model after spending many childhood days at the station when his uncle worked on the line and has based the model from its time in the 1960s.

'My dad's youngest brother, uncle Eric, was a signalman at Long Melford,' said Mr Locke.

'I've always wanted to create a model of the station as I have such great memories from my time there.

Nigel Locke's impressive model of the 1960s Long Melford train station has taken him 10 years to build. His Uncle used to work at the station as a signalman  Picture: CHARLOTTE BONDNigel Locke's impressive model of the 1960s Long Melford train station has taken him 10 years to build. His Uncle used to work at the station as a signalman Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

'It's all about capturing a moment in time.'

Mr Locke is hoping to put the model on display at Clare Castle Country Park on Easter Sunday and Monday if the show isn't postponed amid the coronavirus scare.

For more information, click here.

Nigel Locke's impressive model of the 1960s Long Melford train station has taken him 10 years to build  Picture: CHARLOTTE BONDNigel Locke's impressive model of the 1960s Long Melford train station has taken him 10 years to build Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Nigel Locke's impressive model of the 1960s Long Melford train station has taken him 10 years to build. Picture: CHARLOTTE BONDNigel Locke's impressive model of the 1960s Long Melford train station has taken him 10 years to build. Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Nigel Locke's impressive model of the 1960s Long Melford train station has taken him 10 years to build. Picture: CHARLOTTE BONDNigel Locke's impressive model of the 1960s Long Melford train station has taken him 10 years to build. Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Nigel Locke's impressive model of the 1960s Long Melford train station has taken him 10 years to build. Picture: CHARLOTTE BONDNigel Locke's impressive model of the 1960s Long Melford train station has taken him 10 years to build. Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

You may also want to watch:

Nigel Locke's impressive model of the 1960s Long Melford train station has taken him 10 years so far to build  Picture: CHARLOTTE BONDNigel Locke's impressive model of the 1960s Long Melford train station has taken him 10 years so far to build Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Nigel Locke's impressive model of the 1960s Long Melford train station has taken him 10 years so far to build  Picture: CHARLOTTE BONDNigel Locke's impressive model of the 1960s Long Melford train station has taken him 10 years so far to build Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the East Anglian Daily Times. Click the link in the yellow box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad, serving as your advocate and trusted source of local information. Our industry is facing testing times, which is why I’m asking for your support. Every single contribution will help us continue to produce award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the East Anglian Daily Times