Charity gets the green light

ALL the trains ran on time with every seat taken as the Kirton Light Railway pulled in the crowds for charity.The railway runs around the garden of Fred Last's home - with scale electric and steam trains big enough for everyone to ride.

ALL the trains ran on time with every seat taken as the Kirton Light Railway pulled in the crowds for charity.

The railway runs around the garden of Fred Last's home - with scale electric and steam trains big enough for everyone to ride.

After a drizzly morning, Sunday afternoon remained dry and the garden was filled with families enjoying the rides and refreshments, with homemade cakes and teas on offer at the station buffet.

There were also static displays for people to see and guided tours of the workshops.

Mr Last, of Falkenham Road, is station master, driver and guard all rolled in to one - and was thrilled with the success of the afternoon, which was raising money for the St Elizabeth Hospice.

“I was a bit worried in the morning because of the weather but after 12 o'clock it stopped raining and was dry all afternoon. I had three drivers on the trains and they were full all the time,” he said.

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“Everyone who came said they thoroughly enjoyed it and were asking when the next one would be.”

The event received great support from villagers who baked cakes and provided tombola prizes.

Mr Last, who also runs traction engines at various events around the county, said he had considered giving up the summer railway day a few years ago but was glad he had carried on because so many people really appreciated them.

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