Mastering the Mendips
A move to Trowbridge proved to have an unexpected repercussion for Steve Jones. A keen cyclist, the best way to explore his new locality was on two wheels - and that's when he discovered he lived rather close to the mortal remains of one of Britain's best-loved cross-country railways, the Somerset and Dorset Joint.
During his explorations, he got a real feel for Chilcompton Tunnel and the area around it. He marvelled at what this location must have been like in BR days as it's on a 1-in-53 gradient, part of the long slog from Radstock to the line's summit at Masbury. Last summer, Steve spent six months building a scenic layout titled 'Chilcompton'.
Find out more in Model Rail 244 - Out on January 18th!