The Jordan Reid Model Railway Project
Like many grandads, Kevan Adams has a grandson who loves his grandad’s model railway, but in June 2016 when Jordan was diagnosed& with ATRT (atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumour), an extremely rare type of brain tumour that mainly affects children under age three, Kevan left his model railway to concentrate on creating a new one to raise awareness of childhood cancers, and raise money for Sheffield Children’s Hospital as well as Jordan’s bucket list.
It is hoped that the OO gauge 20ftx8ft layout will be finished by the summer of 2018 in order for it to attend a couple of exhibitions, including the big one, Warley, at the end of the year.
“We started with donations of equipment, funds and bits and pieces,” says Kevan, “but with exhibitions booked for the layout this year the end is now in sight and a final push is needed to bring the project to its conclusion.”
They are also lucky in that the council has allowed the project to be built in an old school room, which is great for the modellers as they can all come together in one location and have everything they need to get on readily to hand, including supplies of paint.
“To finish the project we are desperately in need of DCC eightpin harnesses to convert the older locomotives to DCC, also 21-pin and eight-pin DCC chips. We probably need some extra track so we have some spare in case anything happens. We really need the funds to insure the model railway so we can take it out to exhibitions, to cover it in case it gets damaged or stolen. There’s still a lot of the scenery to finish off so we need bits and pieces for that. We also need airbrush paints. We need all sorts of little things, but they add up to quite a bit money,” says Kevan.
Unlike many layouts it hasn’t been given a whimsical moniker, it has retained its early working title of the Jordan Reid Model Railway Project, as that is what most effectively describes why the layout is being built. “The project has been a lot harder than I thought it was going to be,” says Kevan. “It’s not just the building of the railway, it’s the man management and you don’t realise how much time you are spending on it, but it’s more than just a job! “I’ve been really surprised by people’s generosity and the volunteers. It’s been amazing what people have done when they realise that the whole cause is about something other than modelling.It’s about a little boy and what we are trying to do for him and other children like him. That makes a big difference as everyone working on the layout is motivated on the same thing. ”