Legendary locomotives will steam into Chester Cathedral this summer as part of a brand-new event for families and model-railway enthusiasts called ‘Making Tracks: Trains Through the Ages.’
The ‘Making Tracks’ event is one of a series of special events taking place across 2020 to celebrate ‘Journeys’. Life is all about journeys; From the moment we’re born we embark on the incredible journey of life. This year Chester Cathedral will explore the many aspects of life’s inner and outer journeys through a series of fun and entertaining, family-friendly, thought provoking events and activities.
At the centre of the ‘Making Tracks’ event will be a 15 metre long, bespoke model railway which will demonstrate the history of trains through the ages. The railway has been designed by railway enthusiast Pete Waterman OBE, who will also build the installation alongside the team who created the famous ‘Leamington Spa’ model.
Pete Waterman comments “I’ve been on a fantastic journey already with the Cathedral and I’m really excited for what’s to come. Our creation will look fantastic in the setting of the Cathedral’s South Transept, and I know young children, and the young-at-heart like me, will love it.”
Dean of Chester, the Very Revd Dr Tim Stratford adds “As we celebrate our year of Journeys, and cathedrals nationally celebrate Year of Pilgrimage, Year of Cathedrals, I’m delighted to welcome an event that celebrates our engineering achievements – and in this respect, their creative endeavours too – into our cathedral.”
All aboard! Making Tracks: Trains Through the Ages opens on Saturday 18 July through until Saturday 29 August. The event is open Monday – Saturday 10am – 4pm.