'Hadleigh' - MR242

 Chris Nevard

Chris Nevard

Modelling a forgotten railway

The challenge of building a Victorian era layout appeals to David Bousfield's love of ornate liveries and his passion for historical research. He finds much to enjoy poring over reference materials and sourcing what limited photographic evidence he can find in a bid to create the most authentic representation of the Victorian and Edwardian-era Great Eastern Railway possible.

"The more I've modelled, the older my interests have become. I started with a photograph from 1911 and have worked back ever since. I'm particularly interested in regulations set by the Railway Clearing House formulated in 1842."

The absence of colour photography and the dearth of surviving stock can make identifying the exact colour of certain items of rolling stock virtually impossible. The upside is that it allows for a little bit of artistic licence when mixing swatches. "The blue did vary; the Cambridge version is said to have been lighter than the Stratford version, for example."

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 Chris Nevard

Chris Nevard