Here is the history of my life long passion for model railways.
I have been a keen modeller nearly all my life, starting with Hornby Clockwork onto Hornby Dublo up to the age of sixteen.I was always striving for detail and when Airfix bought out their model railway followed by Mainline Railways the jump into finer detail became quite a revelation. About this time we moved into a new home and one of the criteria was that it had a good loft space, a 00 gauge layout duly followed.
I became a member of the local model railway club and it was at one of their exhibitions that I was introduced to the world of P4 and the world of Finescale modelling. It taught me many new talents which have held me in good stead today.
At the age of forty I made the tentative step into “O” gauge which has now grown into a bit of an obsession. A friend and myself started to build an exhibition layout. We used one of Ian Rice’s plans from his excellent book ‘Plans for small layouts’ to which we made some changes to suite our criteria. I was responsible for the scenics and building structures, but my colleagues interest waned and I decided to set out on my own model railway. I had the buildings which were all based on Great Western prototypes, so my layout took on a branch line terminus. I was restricted by space but managed to build a branch line terminus comprising of a station building, goods shed, and cattle dock. As each year went by and the railway became more detailed along with an increase in rolling stock and locomotives.
I then made the decision to move my layout out into the garden housed in a purpose built shed which I built to house my earlier P4 layout. It was affectionately known a the ‘Dog House’ and was used by my wife for her marketing business. We exchanged venues, her moving into the converted integral garage and the railway into the shed.