The Great Model Railway Challenge

Heat 2: Classic Books

Series 2 - Episode 2 Heat 2: Classic Books



There are far too many laboured puns from presenters James Richardson and Tim Shaw in this otherwise jolly and heartening show, but “the Booker Prize of railway modelling” isn’t bad when applied to this week’s challenge, to build a layout based on classic books.

The Rail Riders (The War of the Worlds), the Scarborough Flyers (The Seven Pillars of Wisdom) and Team Phoenix (Agatha Christie) each model their hearts out, fashioning some tremendous and imaginative scenarios, including the avalanche that derails the locomotive in Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express.

Elsewhere there’s a viaduct that’s a work of art and a Martian invasion that brings gasps.


Three teams of modellers are given three days to create masterpieces based on the theme of best-selling book. The Seven Pillars of Wisdom by TE Lawrence (aka Lawrence of Arabia) is the inspiration for the Scarborough Flyers, sci-fi fans the Rail Riders choose HG Wells' classic War of the Worlds as their muse, while Team Phoenix's layout is inspired by various tomes by the queen of crime, Agatha Christie. As usual presenters James Richardson and Tim Shaw are joined by expert judges Kathy Millat and Steve Flint.

Cast & Crew

Presenter James Richardson
Presenter Tim Shaw
Judge Steve Flint
Judge Kathy Millat
Director Bryher Williams
Director Suki Javle
Director Sarah Powell
Executive Producer Pat Doyle
Producer Bryher Williams
Producer Suki Javle
Producer Sarah Powell
Series Producer Ben Cook
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