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.”