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    ALL aboard the South Lopham Express!

    For the price of £1,850, Ken Hatton is selling his garden railway set: it includes a track that is nearly 200 metres long, and a train which can transport three people at a “steady old pace.”

    Mr Hatton bought the set 13 years ago from a dealer in East Sussex when his first grandchild was 18 months old.

    He said: “It took me five years to build this set up to the scale it’s at now, but my three grandchildren have grown up so I’ve no real use for it anymore.”

    The three carriages are battery-powered, and the forward or reverse options are operated via a control attached to the 1.24v engine.

    Taking three minutes to do a full circuit, the track consists of both wooden and aluminium sleepers, and in Mr Hatton’s garden, it scaled heights of three feet and even travelled over his pond.

    “I actually fell in the pond whilst building that specific part,” Mr Hatton said, “but although it’s been great to see my family get so much joy out of it, it’s time for the set to go to a new home now.”

    Interested parties can contact Mr Hatton on 01379 687579.

    Meanwhile, steam engine enthusiasts also have the opportunity to own a special little engine.

    A blue Victoria engine, one-thirds the size of a normal steam engine model and the first ever engine to take visitors around Pleasurewood Hills leisure park near Lowestoft, is being sold off.

    Owned by entrepreneur Joe Larter, from Hapton, the engine weighs seven cwt and was last steamed in 1990.

    Since then it has been dry-stored, and although in good condition, it does need a boiler test and some reassembling.

    The engine will go up for auction with Cambridgeshire-based vintage and classic vehicle specialists Cheffins in Sutton on July 23.

    Published by Diss Express

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  • marty makarick
    marty makarick Thanks Tasha , Sad how our children grow up too fast . I can just picture the happiness on the grand childrens faces seeing this for the first time .
    July 5, 2011