The Golden Age of Steam
Waterman's Warwickshire railways
Coventry kid Pete Waterman is a keen railway enthusiast and has even created a model of Leamington Spa station. Find out more...
BBC Coventry & Warwickshire's Bob Brolly recently spoke with Pete about his love of trains and his new book, A Train Is For Life.
Pete was born near a railway line in Burlington Road, Coventry - which is probably why he has a love of trains and railways.
He has been modelling for 50-years and has written the book, party as a tribute to his friends who helped him create the models.
Click on the link below to listen again to the interview with Pete Waterman. He and Bob talk about steam engines, growing up in Coventry, and Walsall Football Club!
Leamington Spa - The Model
One of Pete Waterman's model railways is of Leamington Spa station in the 1950's.
We asked Pete the about the reason to capture a moment in time at this particular station - he told us that during the 1950's he would quite often spend time sat on the end of the platform, just watching the trains go by.
So much detail has gone into re-creating the two Leamington stations and the railway lines and bridges - and it still isn't complete. Pete told us that it has so far taken three years to build, but he will never finish it.
There is a website dedicated to the model, which includes many photographs of the wonderful creation.
You can see views from Hatton, Avenue station, Leamington town houses, and much more.
Unfortunately, the railway is based in the north-east of England, and can't be moved, but apparently the Leamington model railway club visit it twice a year.
Click on the link below to visit the Leamington Spa model website:
last updated: 01/10/2008 at 09:21