'Shell Haven' - MR237

 A hand-painted Bachmann Class 03 shunts a TTA tank wagon, carrying SLOPS. CHRIS NEVARD

A hand-painted Bachmann Class 03 shunts a TTA tank wagon, carrying SLOPS. CHRIS NEVARD

ROY EMERY’S ‘Shell Haven’ isn’t just a model railway, it’s a tantalising glimpse into the mysterious world of Britain’s oil refineries.

If you’re lucky enough to visit a working refinery, you’ll soon discover that mobile phones and cameras are strictly prohibited. Unsurprisingly, that makes prototypical photography very hard to come by. Roy Emery has always been fascinated by the mysterious world of the refinery, and always wanted to model one, but the lack of images was always a stumbling block.

However, after Shell Haven oil refinery, in the Thames estuary, closed in December 1999, Roy managed to acquire enough photographs to embark on a realistic prototype build in 4mm:1ft...

Find out more in MR237 - OUT JUNE 29

 Roy's hand painted backscene might just be 'Shell Haven's' standout feature, and makes for a very distinctive look. CHRIS NEVARD

Roy's hand painted backscene might just be 'Shell Haven's' standout feature, and makes for a very distinctive look. CHRIS NEVARD