An 11-year-old rail enthusiast has devised seven sets of Top Trumps cards celebrating Great Western Railway stations.
Surrey schoolboy Max Baker detailed the year each station was opened, the facilities, the number of daily train stops, convenience, and design.
There are 27 stations in Max’s ‘Route of the GWR’ edition on the Great Western main line from London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads – and three Underground stations, taking the number up to 30.
He made Paddington the Trump card with a Train Top Trumps rating of 100 because of its grandeur and the number of connections it provides.
Max said: “I got a bit bored during lockdown and wanted something to do. Before, I’ve made a Monopoly set with Underground stations and wanted to come up with something else to do with stations, so I thought I’d try Top Trumps.
“I’ve been to a few of the stations, but most of the information I got was from different sources online. It takes about 10 minutes to research each station.”
He’s also designed sets that feature the North Downs Line and stations in Cornwall.
His mum, Ann, said the new cards have been known to cause some conflict in the family, however. She said: “Some of the Train Top Trumps ratings can cause a bit of debate. His grandad Robert lives on the Waterloo-Weymouth line and that edition does lead to a bit of disagreement!”
GWR already has its own set of Top Trumps featuring classic and modern trains, but interim head of communications, Paul Gentleman, welcomed Max’s station designs. He said: “It’s fantastic to see Max using his own initiative and working so hard to create seven different sets of Top Trumps. I’m sure they’d appeal to lots of other train enthusiasts.”
And he has a fan in Top Trumps manufacturers Winning Moves UK. Their marketing assistant Mia Thornby said: “We always encourage people to send in ideas for possible Top Trumps collections and Max’s designs are just brilliant.
“Our limited edition ‘Trains and Locomotives of the GWR’ proved popular with Top Trumps fans so a game involving train stations might be something we can explore.”