The unbounded joy of ‘Grandad’s Attic’

With his face crinkled up into a beaming smile, Grandad has his hand on the controller as his grandson holds on to a Hornby Dublo model of a former LNER N2 tank locomotive – and there’s so much going on in ‘Grandad’s Attic’, by Trevor Mitchell, that it cannot fail to appeal to anyone with fond memories of their first model railway layout.

As an LMS ‘Duchess’ Pacific comes into the station, colourful Hornby Dublo tinplate accessories abound, including the turntable with LNER A4 Pacific No 7 Sir Nigel Gresley being turned (unbelievably it was so numbered from No 4497 as late as 1947!).

So that’s what grandads are for! Railway modelling nostalgia oozes from every corner of Trevor Mitchell’s ‘Grandad’s Attic’.

Other popular accessories include the animals in a small paddock, the engine shed, station buildings and signal box, platform newspaper kiosk, footbridge and tunnel mouth – and of course the Dinky Toys!

For the full article, see the June edition of Modelling – available now!

For a complete list of stockists and how to get your copy, visit: