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Kenley man turns his shed into a railway shrine

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A TRAIN enthusiast hopes he is on track for an award after turning his shed into a railway signal box.

Christopher Parker, of Valley Road, Kenley, started tinkering with his shed when he moved into his current house five years ago.

What began as a hobby quickly spiralled out of control and Christopher just cannot stop adding bits and pieces to his second home.

Now the 30-year-old is hoping his shrine to all things railway will land him the national Shed of the Year award.

Christopher, a caretaker at Riddlesdown Collegiate, said: "It became a little bit of an obsession.

"We live near Kenley station and I've always been a train fanatic, so I thought I could use that as my theme when I was decorating it.

"It looks like a fully blown signal box now."

Despite the shed's impressive appearance, Christopher's wife Michelle does not share the same passion for his creation. "She will have a go if I'm out there too much," he said.

The prize for Shed of the Year 2013, sponsored by Cuprinol, is £1,000 and public voting closes at midnight on May 31.

Vote for the Kenley Signal Box at www.readersheds.co.uk

Kenley man turns his shed into a railway shrine


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