We are two like minded modellers from the West Kent area, who got to know each other when Oly joined Tonbridge Model Railway Club, where Chris was already a member. Being of the same age group, and finding out we shared very similar interests, a friendship was formed and we have worked together on many modelling projects since.
Oly (left) and Chris (right) looking cold while operating ‘Stoating Bank’ at Model Rail Live, Barrow Hill in September 2012.
We try to take a slightly different approach to the hobby in comparison to the stereotypical railway enthusiast, and weekends away exhibiting at shows are seen as an opportunity to inspire the public and have a good time rather than the deadly serious view many exhibitors seem to take…. Although we strive to make things as accurate as possible, at the end of the day it is only a hobby and hobbies should be fun!
The main focus of our modelling is the transition era of British Rail, between 1968 and 1972, following the demise of steam and charting the gradual introduction of corporate blue, in 4mm scale, OO gauge.
In addition to the trains operated by BR, we are both into industrial railways from the same period, with steam locos in very poor condition rubbing shoulders with small diesel locomotives running amidst the grime of industry.
Modelling two of the least modelled prototypes means our layouts tend to be a bit different and (hopefully) stand out from the typical GWR branch termini and modern motive power depots you see so often. Despite what people may say, just because there is no mainline steam this is not modern image modelling – it is still over 40 years ago, that’s twice the length of time kettles ruled the roost with British Railways on their tanks and tenders!
That is not to say that we do not dabble in plenty of other subjects as the mood takes us, occasionally projects in other scales or following different prototypes will take our fancy, and why shouldn’t it? (That word fun springs to mind again.)
The purpose of this blog and site is to present our modelling activities to anyone who is interested. As well as providing details of the layouts we work on the aim is to do a monthly workbench update showing how things go, as well as expressing any views we may well have on news and our experiences in the world of railway modelling.
Oly and Chris.