The Joy of Train Sets - The Model Railway Story

The Joy of Train Sets - The Model Railway Story

Series 12



“It’s essentially a pointless activity. It’s not going to save someone’s life. But it might save someone’s sanity.” This respectful tribute to model railways begins its story in Edwardian times when the entrepreneur Wenman Bassett-Lowke put trains big enough to sit on into the gardens of the wealthy. From there it was a process of making model trains smaller and cheaper, until the arrival of sets that could be run in a terraced house. As the modeller quoted above explains, whatever gauge you’re running, the aim was and is to retain the thrill of seeing a real engine at full tilt.


Documentary exploring the popularity of train replicas, and how what started out as an adult obsession with building fully engineered model railways became the iconic toy of 1950s and 1960s childhood. With contributions from modellers such as Pete Waterman, this programme celebrates the joys of miniaturisation.

Cast & Crew

Contributor Pete Waterman
Director Andy Hall
Executive Producer Michael Poole
Producer Andy Hall
Series Producer William Naylor