Old boys take steam trip down memory lane with model loco

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FORMER pupils from Leeds Grammar School enjoyed a ride down memory lane when they were reunited with a model steam engine.

Thunderbolt was built by boys at the school in the late 1960s and became a regular attraction at events around Leeds, raising hundreds of pounds for charity every year for two decades.

The locomotive fell into disuse after the school parted company with it.

But former pupil Mark Batchelor spotted the engine up for sale last year and Thunderbolt is now on the way to regaining its former glory.

It made a guest appearance at the Annual Leeds Model Railway Society Exhibition at the school’s new home, The Grammar School at Leeds.

Mr Batchelor said: “Although Thunderbolt is still a work in progress, it’s brought back many happy memories today. I hope to have it in steam ready for our next visit.”

A group of old boys re-enacted a photo shoot carried out by the Yorkshire Post in the 1970s.

Tristram Hope, who was in the original photograph, said he can still remember teacher Ken Rosewarne, who had originally set the wheels in motion for the Thunderbolt project at the school.

Nigel Wild, one of the senior pupils in the original photo, added: “There was something for every age and ability of pupil – I was still in junior school when I first got involved.”

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