Scouts help TV man build 'longest model railway'

SCOUTS from across Torridge and North Devon joined Top Gear presenter James May in his preparations to break the world record for the longest model railway line. Following a briefing from James himself, Scouts gathered at the 2nd Bideford Scout HQ and st

SCOUTS from across Torridge and North Devon joined Top Gear presenter James May in his preparations to break the world record for the longest model railway line.

Following a briefing from James himself, Scouts gathered at the 2nd Bideford Scout HQ and started building scale models to go alongside the track.

As well as constructing from kits, they came up with their own inspirational ideas including a "Jamboree activity site" and a replica of North Devon Scout camp site at Snapper.

The attempt to build a 10-mile line along the Tarka Trail from Barnstaple to Bideford is to be made on August 24 and the Scouts will be helping out there, too.


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It is anticipated that the building of the track will take about six hours and another six hours for the model train to travel from Barnstaple to Bideford.

Nic Doherty, a 16-year-old Scout from North Devon, said: "The current record is held by the Germans and stands at nine-and-a-half miles.

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"James is aiming to beat that and the Scouts will be helping him by actually assembling 1,200 metres of the track. The preparations have really been a lot of fun and now I can't stop making miniature houses and buildings to go alongside the track. Its going to be a fantastic challenge to get the track together - I just can't wait for it."

The activities were filmed by a BBC crew as part of the TV series, James May Toy Stories.

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