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1997-07-11 RTK-001
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School gets Steamed Up!

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Railtrack plc

School gets Steamed Up!

11 July 1997
source Railtrack plc
type Press release

A STOCKPORT modeling [[modelling]] club is steaming ahead for the summer, thanks to a little help from railway custodian Railtrack.

Based at the Royal Schools for the Deaf Manchester in Cheadle Hulme, the Stockport and District Society of Model Engineers have now extended their model railway, which is regularly used to help raise funds for the school.

Society Member Richard Haslam explained: `We needed something to provide a base on which to run the extra length of rail and Railtrack have very kindly donated track rodding, which will help us to do just that.’

Now with a new improved track, Mr Haslam hopes the Society can hold even bigger and better events, helping to provide a boost for the school, which is a registered charity.

`We are very grateful to the school for allowing us to run the line through their grounds and we are only too pleased to help wherever we can, particularly when they hold their open days. This kind gesture by Railtrack will also help us to improve the stature of the club,’ he said.

Boasting over 120 members, the club recreates the golden age of steam, with the dedicated modellers creating beautifully crafted scaled down versions of classic locos, which they then run on the club line.

And on Wednesday (16 July) at 10am, the Society’s Vice Chairman Bob Andrews, Chief Executive of the charity Ian MacLeary and Railtrack’s Director of the North West Zone Chris Leah will give the new line the official seal of approval, with a special visit to the club, which is also celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

‘The Society is a wonderful way of allowing people to experience steam first hand and it is very fitting that we have been able to help the club continue this legacy,’ said Mr Leah.

There will also be cause for a double toast at the event, with Society member Mr Haslam celebrating his 70th birthday. A former teacher at Newall Green High School, Mr Haslam has been a member of the model society for 10 years.

NOTE: The Royal Schools for the Deaf Manchester, will be holding their summer fete on Sunday (13 July) at their site in Stanley Road, Cheadle Hulme. The fete will run from 2pm to 6pm and will feature the model railway and a variety of traditional stalls and stands.

PHOTOGRAPHIC OPPORTUNITY Chris Leah from Railtrack and members of the Stockport and District Society of Model Engineers will be taking part in special ‘thank you’ event to be held at the Royal Schools for the Deaf Manchester on Wednesday 16 July at 10am. The school is based at Stanley Road in Cheadle Hulme.

For further information, contact the Railtrack Press Office on 0161 237 1936.

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