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Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Pensioner Completes Tornado Locomotive Matchstick Model

Pensioner George Day recently completed a matchstick and copper wire model of the Tornado steam locomotive
George Day With 'Tornado' Matchstick Model

92 year-old model maker, George Day, who lives in Darlington, has recently completed the construction of his latest model railway locomotive - 60163 Class A2 Tornado - made entirely from matchsticks and copper wire.

Pensioner Mr. Day, who worked for the London North Eastern Railway when he left school at the age of 16, and then for British Railways and British Rail at Bank Top Engine Shed in Darlington, has, over the years, created dozens of models of the steam locomotives he worked on either as a cleaner, fireman or driver.

Speaking about the making of the Tornado locomotive model, he said: "It took me over a year to complete, but I am really pleased with the Tornado; it is certainly one of the best models I have made."

The Real Tornado Locomotive
A stickler for detail, Mr. Day also uses copper wire to represent the pipes that would be on the locomotives.

Spending a few hours each day crafting his models, which require thousands of matches, he joked: "I think I am keeping the matchstick industry going, given how many I use."

His current project is another locomotive, a J27, which featured in the long-running television drama, Hearbeat.

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