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A railway fanatic who is so enthused by trains has gone to the extreme length of building a station in his back garden, complete with three carriages which has now been transformed into a vintage restaurant.
Michael Attle has spent half a decade and invested £500,000 into building the vintage station, which comes with a complete platform, signal box, 1920's station house and Pullman railway carriages.
Mr Attle, who runs a natural stone and hard landscaping business, came up with the idea after receiving a parcel of stone and discovering it was the platform from the disused Ockham station, in rural Sussex.
After coming to the conclusion the platform was too good to carve up, he moved it into his back garden. One thing eventually led to another and he went on to add a station house, railway carriages and other memorabilia which he had sourced from eBay and other specialists.
Alex Adomete (left) and owner Michael Attle (right) who spent five years building a station and carriages in a back yard and has now turned into a restaurant in Fen Drayton, Cambs. Mr Attle has spent half a decade building the vintage station, which is complete with a platform, signal box, 1920's station house and Pullman railway carriages
Mr Attle revealed he was inspired to transform his back garden train carriages into a restaurant after a trip to a colonial railway station in India.
The idea to add a restaurant into his back garden came to Mr Attle on a trip to a colonial railway station in India, which he then followed through on. Half an acre of Mr Attle's one and a half acre garden is consumed by the elaborate rail station project.
Alex Adomete, the new managing director at the aptly named Carriages restaurant, based in Drayton, Cambs, said: 'The station celebrates the golden age of travel of the 1920s and 1930s.
'I think customers will be surprised by the attention to detail at the station. A lot of care has gone into sourcing vintage memorabilia, even down to the fire extinguishers. So far it's all gone really well, people love the atmosphere.'
Michael Attle has spent half a decade building the vintage station, which is complete with a platform, signal box, 1920's station house and Pullman railway carriages. Since then, the three carriages have now been transformed into a luxury restaurant
This article first appeared on www.dailymail.co.uk
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