A history carved in stone
Julian is a well-known figure in railway preservation circles for his work at the North Norfolk Railway. His guiding hand has helped turn a railway that was under threat of losing its main station into an award winning tourist attraction, with a main line connection.
Despite his enthusiasm for the Norfolk railway, his first love was the Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway. Or, rather, it was. His home was an S&D shrine, from a route map in the downstairs loo to his epic ‘O’ gauge re-creation of Evercreech New station in an outbuilding.
“Having spent 17 years building ‘Evercreech New’, I wanted to get back into the hobby with something to show for it. I wanted something small and transportable.
“In years gone by, I would start to build layouts that were so complicated that you were soon drowning in complexity. They became an uphill battle. Now with all the layouts that I build, I tend to make them to quite simple designs. This enables me to concentrate on the details.
“The pleasure that I get from a model railway is the building of it. I’m quite happy to let either someone else operate it or that I build it in such a way that it’s automatic and I can sit and watch the world that I’ve created.”
You can read the full article in the January issue of Model Rail - Out December 20th!