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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 the age of three, Kevan left his model railway to concentrate on creating a new one to raise awareness of Jordan’s and other childhood cancers, and raise money for Sheffield Children’s Hospital as well as Jordan’s bucket list.

In November 2018, the Reed family attended the UK’s biggest model railway show at Warley. Sadly, upon getting there Jordan’s sister Abi, fell and broke her arm and had to attend Birmingham children’s hospital. At the show, Kevan’s model railway only received limited interest and the layout was too big and complicated. So, for the next project, they hope to make the model lighter and simpler. Kevan already has a plan in mind, for something completely different based around an actual railway line that’s no longer in use.

“Although we had only manged one exhibition in November 2018, we have been unable to continue work on the project as it has had to go into storage because we cannot find anywhere that will donate the space that we require,” Kevan explains.

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 by the same thing.”

About the Project

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“The thing we desperately want now is to help fund more research into cancers like Jordan’s – something we just don’t think there’s enough of – and that’s where the railway project comes in.” The railway project is Kevan’s master plan, and is born from his desire to give something back to the hospital that does so much for his tiny grandson – and all the other children like him.

“I’m a member of Sheffield Model Railway Society and I got to thinking about how I could use this interest to create something that could help Jordan, and the hospital.” Kevan plans to tour around major UK model railway exhibitions and events when the model is finished, with donations being split between Jordan and the hospital.

“Thousands of people go to these exhibitions and if we can take our collection buckets and raise thousands of pounds for the hospital that would be fantastic,” Kevan says. “Further down the line, we might even auction it off and donate the proceeds to the hospital. “I’m basing the model on a modern version of Brendam Docks and Knapford Station, from Thomas the Tank Engine, so Jordan will love it – he’s a huge Thomas the Tank Engine fan – and it should look spectacular when it’s done.” Kevan explains. “There will be two tracks, trains, boats in the docks, bridges and lighting so it will look like a working town at night. I’ve reached out to a number of companies so far and I’ve received a lot of donations already.”

“Again, people have been very generous. I have bits and pieces all over the house, but what we really need now is a space to actually assemble it, and – as it’s a big project – I’m hoping to find a number of volunteers to help me pull it all together. “I still also needs lots of donations – Thomas the Tank Engines, and plenty of scenic materials.”

Update About the Project

Since returning from the Warley Show in 2018, the model railway has had to be put into storage because the group cannot afford to pay for workshop space in which to complete the project. Kevan is desperately seeking help from the model railway community and business world to provide a space so that he can build the model and make Jordan’s dream come true.



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