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Train buff spent 30 years building working mini railway in his backyard [Video]

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By Adam Dutton via SWNS

A train buff has spent more than 30 years building a stunning working miniature railway track – in his own back garden.

Derek Burwell, 84, created the 272-yard line around the edge of his 40ft (12m) wide garden at his home in Pelsall, Walsall, West Mids.

The train-mad OAP travels around the track in eight mini-engines he built from hand himself and has spent thousands of pounds on his hobby since 1993.

Derek constructs everything from a workshop at the end of his garden where he can spend hours on end each day building and restoring old engines.

His garden also features a host of railway memorabilia – including a 100-year-old signal he reclaimed from a level crossing which now sits in the middle of his lawn.

The track is made from timber and aluminum while he has a mixture of electric and battery-powered engines as well as gas-driven hydraulic …

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